The 2012 College Baseball World Series is nearing its finale and the pitchers will need to perform at the highest level possible in order for their teams to win a national championship.
The importance of a single game in this tournament makes the pitchers extremely valuable. If a guy gets hot on the mound and earns a win, it is a giant step towards a title.
Here are the three pitchers most likely to come through for their team in the clutch.
Ryne Stanek, RHP, Arkansas
Stanek has been solid for the Razorbacks this season, going 8-4 with a 2.82 ERA and 83 strikeouts in 92.2 innings.
Stanek came up huge in the team’s most recent game against South Carolina. The Gamecocks had won 22 straight NCAA Tournament games heading into the CWS match-up.
Stanek went six innings and gave up just three hits and one run to help lead his team to a 2-1 victory over the hottest team in college baseball.
The sophomore showed an impressive amount of poise and maturity and he will continue to thrive in the biggest games of his baseball career to date.
Konner Wade, RHP, Arizona
Wade put up impressive, but not spectacular, numbers during the regular season. He had a 10-3 record with a 4.17 ERA and 102 strikeouts in 127.1 innings.
But spectacular was the only word to describe his complete-game shutout performance in the Wildcats’ most recent game against conference-rival UCLA.
The last time Wade faced the Bruins, he was pulled after the third inning because he gave up 10 hits and five earned runs.
But this time around, the game really counted, and Wade delivered in a big way. This type of performance is a sign that Wade has the intangibles to be at his best in the most important situations.
Mike Compton, RHP, Florida St.
Compton was the most productive pitcher on the Seminoles staff this season, going 12-2 with a 2.87 ERA and 64 strikeouts in 89 innings.
The freshman proved he was capable of playing well in Omaha by going six innings and giving up six hits and just two runs to Stony Brook.
He received plenty of run support as FSU went on to win 12-2, but he will likely not be as fortunate in future starts.
Still, he is exceptionally talented and has the poise of a more experienced player. Compton will be a valuable part of any success that Florida State has going forward in the tournament.