NCAA Baseball Preview 2011: Who's the Best and Who's Going To Win It All?

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NCAA Baseball Preview 2011: Who's the Best and Who's Going To Win It All?
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College baseball bid adieu to Rosenblatt Stadium in a dramatic fashion. Whit Merrifield's RBI single in the bottom of the 11th-inning sent South Carolina to their first collegiate title in baseball since 1950, coincidentally the first CWS to ever be played at Omaha's baseball haven.

But just like that, the page has turned on the 2010 NCAA season. The Gamecocks are no longer champions, but rather just another hungry team looking to take home some precious hardware.

But so many teams stand in their way.

TCU looks stronger than ever and UCLA should be one of the best teams, boasting possibly the best rotation of any team in the country.

And there's certainly no shortage of star power.

Anthony Rendon has been named Freshman of the Year and Player of the Year by Baseball America in back-to-back seasons and returns to the diamond after an ankle injury that cost him valuable summer time with Team USA. Regardless, he should be one of the front-runners for POY honors, as well as the prime candidate to be taken number one in the 2011 draft.

The real strength of college baseball this season should be in it's pitching. Sonny Gray, Taylor Jungmann, Trevor Bauer, Noe Ramirez and Jack Armstrong are just a few of the talented players whose names you'll soon hear about with "first-round talent" attached. And that doesn't even include the top two dogs, TCU's Matt Purke and UCLA's Gerrit Cole, both of whom should be top-five picks.

So without further ado, let's get into it, and see what the 2011 college baseball season has in store for us, answering some of the questions that are on every college fans mind along the way.

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