College World Series 2013: Highlighting the Most High-Powered Offenses

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistJune 14, 2013

OMAHA, NE - JUNE 25:  Arizona Wildcats warm up before game 2 against the South Carolina Gamecocks in  the College World Series at TD Ameritrade Field on June 25, 2012 in Omaha, Nebraska.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Offense might not win championships, but it sure helps.

It's hard to win in the College World Series if you don't have good pitching. As the saying goes, good pitching always beats good hitting.

You can't win if you don't score runs, though. Pitchers need their fair share of help, otherwise their performance is all for naught.

The 2013 College World Series features plenty of talented offensive players. Teams can't make it this far if they don't get on base and drive in runs.

Among the eight teams in the series, here are three of the best offenses you're going to see.


North Carolina Tar Heels

There's a reason North Carolina is the top seed coming into the tournament. The Tar Heels not only have a very good pitching staff, but they have plenty of star performers on the offensive end as well.

No pitching staff will look forward to facing North Carolina. As a team, it hit 48 home runs to go along with a batting average of .306. Those numbers are 22nd and 18th in the nation, respectively. Aside from offering power, the Heels are also very hard to get out. They sit sixth in the country in on-base percentage (.409).

Third baseman Colin Moran is the star. He led the nation in RBIs with 88. He also had 13 home runs and slugged .555. Those numbers were good enough to get Moran on the list of finalists for the Golden Spikes Award and drafted sixth overall by the Miami Marlins in the 2013 MLB draft.

Mike Fox can also call upon first baseman Cody Stubbs, who drove in 76 runs despite hitting only eight home runs. Stubbs also led the Heels in batting average (.366) and slugging percentage (.585).


LSU Tigers

No team in the field is more used to the College World Series than LSU. The Tigers should have probably built themselves a branch campus in Omaha by now, as this is their 15th appearance in the CWS. Their last time was back in 2009, when they won the title.

LSU is 15th in batting average (.308), 24th in the nation in on-base percentage (.391) and 24th in home runs (46).

Mason Katz is your prototypical slugging first baseman. He hit 15 home runs and drove in 68 runs en route to a .366 batting average and .630. If Paul Mainieri is looking for power, it'll probably come from Katz.

On the other hand, if he needs somebody to get on base and work his way around to home plate, he'll look to shortstop Alex Bregman. He was first on the team in batting average (.380) and second in on-base percentage (.426). Bregman also has some speed and knows when to use it. He was successful in 16 of his 17 stolen base attempts.


Indiana Hoosiers

The Indiana Hoosiers are in uncharted territory, making their first appearance in the College World Series. Luckily, they have a strong offense to carry them through.

This is a team with a lot of power. Indiana sits in a tie for 14th in home runs, with 53. The Hoosiers are also in 20th in batting average, hitting .306 as a team.

You can count on third baseman Dustin DeMuth getting on base. He's got a robust .389 batting average.

Catcher Kyle Schwarber is a big-time slugger. He doesn't drive in runs well, but he can hit the ball a long way. Schwarber hit 18 home runs, tied for third in the nation, while only driving in 54 runs, tied for 54th.