College World Series: Best Pitching Performances of the Last 10 Years
Despite the aluminum bats, pitching wins championships.
Whether it's the starter or the bullpen, a pitcher that changes speeds and keeps hitters off balance leads their team to victories.
More importantly, aces takes their teams to the next level in Omaha, Neb. at the College World Series.
Some shine most during the College World Series before leaving for the big leagues.
Here are the top-10 pitching performances from the last 10 years.
#10 USC's pitching vs. Georgia during the 2001 College World Series
In an 11-5 victory over Georgia in the 2001 College World Series, USC pitchers combined for 16 strikeouts.
That number ranks fifth in CWS history.
Starter Mark Prior, formerly of the Chicago Cubs, improved to 15-1 on the season with the win.
He struck out 13 and walked only one, but surrendered four runs in seven innings.
Right-hander Anthony Reyes, who came in relief, struck out three over two innings.
#9 Trey Hodges during the 2000 College World Series
As part of LSU's fifth national championship in 10 years, Trey Hodges was named the Most Outstanding Player during the 2000 College World Series.
Hodges picked up two wins and a save.
In the deciding game, he pitched four scoreless innings, including the top of the ninth before Brad Creese's walkoff hit. He struck out four while allowing just two hits.
The Tigers finished the postseason with a flawless 13-0 record.
#8 J. Brent Cox during the 2005 College World Series
Right-hander J. Brent Cox collected two saves against the Florida Gators during the final.
Now in the New York Yankees' system, Cox finished the 2004 season with an 8-3 record, 1.73 ERA and 19 saves.
His career ended with a CWS-leading 13 appearances.
In the deciding game, he pitched 1.2 hitless innings and tied the program's record with 19 saves in a season.
#7 Jorge Reyes during the 2007 College World Series
As only the fifth freshman to ever win Most Outstanding Player, right-hander Jorge Reyes led Oregon State to its second national championship (in consecutive years).
Reyes, whose season record was 7-3 with a 3.10 ERA, collected two victories during the College World Series.
The first win came against Cal State Fullerton and the other in the first game of the finals against North Carolina.
In two starts he went 12.1 innings and allowed just four runs on 11 hits with three walks and six strikeouts.
#6 Robert Woodard during the 2006 College World Series
Now an assistant coach for the North Carolina Tar Heels, Robert Woodard ranks in the top 10 in program history for these statistics: wins, winning percentage, innings pitched and strikeouts.
Woodard's 2-0 complete game victory over Clemson during the 2006 College World Series helped the Tar Heels reach the final in consecutive years.
The right-hander allowed just three hits and threw 130 pitches, 90 for strikes.
He finished his career with a 34-5 record. That season he went 7-1 with a 3.43 ERA.
#5 Alex White during the 2008 College World Series
Right-hander Alex White tied an NCAA record with three wins in a single College World Series in 2008.
White, who reached the finals with North Carolina, struck out 12 batters and posted a 3.38 ERA in 13.1 innings in Omaha.
He also pitched three straight games in relief.
The Cleveland Indians' first round pick (15th overall) in the 2009 MLB Draft now pitches for AA Akron.
#4 Taylor Jungmann during the 2009 College World Series
Right-hander Taylor Jungmann also tied the NCAA record with three wins during the 2009 College World Series.
The freshman pitched his first complete game as Texas beat top-ranked LSU.
With one unearned run, Jungmann struck out nine, walked two and allowed five hits for the Longhorns.
Earlier in the CWS, Jungmann pitched 5.2 scoreless innings of two-hit ball against second-ranked Arizona State. He collected six strikeouts and one walk.
#3 Huston Street during the 2002 College World Series
The 2002 College World Series Most Outstanding Player, right-handed closer Huston Street set a CWS record with four saves.
Street, a three-time All-American who reached Omaha each year with the Texas Longhorns, was drafted by the Oakland A's in 2004 and reached the Majors a year later.
Currently, he's the closer for the Colorado Rockies.
His team finally made the CWS final in 2004, but lost to Cal State Fullerton.
But in 2002 as a freshman, Street finished the year 4-1 with a 0.96 ERA. He completed the season with 14 saves and struck out 49 batters in 47 innings.
This year, Street was named to the NCAA College World Series Legends Team.
#2 Jonah Nickerson during the 2006 College World Series
Two-time All-American right-hander Jonah Nickerson led Oregon State to its first national championship against favored North Carolina in 2006.
The Beavers would go on to win the following year, too.
Nickerson went 2-0 in the College World Series in three appearances. His victory over Rice, which qualified Oregon State for the final, came on two days rest.
Besides being named the Most Outstanding Player, Nickerson's ERA was a minuscule 0.84.
He finished with a 13-4 record and a 2.50 ERA.
The Detroit Tigers selected him in the seventh round of the MLB Draft that year.
#1 Jason Windsor during the 2004 College World Series
Named the Most Outstanding Player of the 2004 College World Series, right-hander Jason Windsor led Cal State Fullerton to its fourth national championship.
In the final against the favored Texas Longhorns, he pitched a complete game five-hitter with 10 strikeouts.
During the CWS, Windsor threw two complete games in three appearances and allowed just 11 hits in 21 innings with 29 strikeouts.
Windsor would finish his senior season with a 13-4 record and 1.72 ERA.
Earlier that month he was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the third round of the MLB Draft.