College World Series 2014: Most Impressive Players in Omaha

David Daniels@TheRealDDanielsSenior Writer IJune 17, 2014

Only the nation's best teams remain in the 2014 College World Series.

Typically, the best teams are made up of some of the best players, and on the sport's grandest stage, Omaha, Nebraska, those players are the difference between a win and a loss.

Through six games, here are the most impressive players in Omaha.

 

6. OF Boomer White, TCU

Few runs were scored in TCU's first game in double-elimination play. But most of the runs scored by the Horned Frogs in their 3-2 victory over Texas Tech were scored by White.

His sacrifice fly in the first inning gave TCU a 1-0 lead that would hold for the next six innings. But in the top of the eighth, the Red Raiders scored two runs to move ahead. Their lead wouldn't last nearly as long.

After a Texas Tech error helped the Horned Frogs tie the score in the bottom of the inning, with two outs, White recorded his second RBI of the day with a single to left field that allowed Cody Jones to cross home plate for the game-winning run.

 

5. IF Taylor Sparks, UC Irvine

Sparks leads off for UC Irvine. This is why: He's batting .500 with three RBI in two games. 

His three hits were instrumental in the Anteater's 3-1 win over Texas, and his two RBI against Vanderbilt helped them take the lead in the second inning, even though the Commodores ultimately came back and won 6-4. If Sparks keeps doing what he's been doing, though, UC Irvine should be able to beat the Longhorns a second time and stay alive.

 

4. RHP Andrew Morales, UC Irvine

Sparks wasn't the only Anteater instrumental in their win over Texas. Morales dominated, and his domination allowed Sparks to put the offense on his back.

Morales surrendered six hits in six innings of work, but only one base-runner crossed home plate. He also finished the game with five strikeouts.

 

3. RHP Preston Morrison, TCU

Morrison is to Morales as White is to Sparks. Without Morrison holding Texas Tech scoreless through seven innings, White's RBI wouldn't have held as much weight.

Morrison only allowed one earned run in the contest before being relieved. In 7.1 innings, he struck out twice as many batters (10) as he allowed hits (five).

 

2. IF Dansby Swanson, Vanderbilt

Swanson also leads off, and he's led the Commodores to within one game of the College World Series finals. In their two victories, Swanson has batted .500, hit two RBI and scored three runs.

He's been the best hitter on a Vanderbilt team that beat Louisville 5-3 and UC Irvine 6-4. No team is scoring more runs per game in the College World Series than the Commodores, and Swanson is at the heart of that.

 

1. LHP Nathan Kirby, Virginia

Usually when a team scores only two runs, it's screwed. But not when Kirby is on the mound. He willed the Cavaliers to a 2-1 victory against a stacked Mississippi squad on Sunday.

Kirby struck out four batters, which isn't necessarily anything special in seven innings. What was special, though, was him allowing just one hit and one earned run.

 

David Daniels is a columnist at Bleacher Report. He tweets, too.

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