11-0, 1.98 ERA, 121 Ks, 44 BBs
Just in the past week, Lange has added to his list of accolades. The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association named him its freshman pitcher of the year and a first-team freshman All-American, and rightfully so. The Lee’s Summit, Missouri, native was among the best pitchers in the country, striking out 121 while walking only 44. And that 1.98 ERA isn’t too shabby, either.
9-1, 2.91 ERA, 69 Ks, 23 BBs
Poché successfully avoided the sophomore slump, collecting nine wins while accumulating a 2.91 ERA and 69 strikeouts. But since the NCAA tournament began, he has elevated his game to a new level. The Lutcher native has tossed 16.1 innings and allowed only one earned run, coming away with wins against UNC-Wilmington and UL-Lafayette. He’ll look to carry that success into Omaha.
3-0, 0.53 ERA, 29 Ks, 13 BBs
One of the biggest surprises of the season, Newman burst onto the scene as one of coach Paul Mainieri’s key weapons out of the bullpen after missing all of 2014 with a shoulder injury. Newman has only allowed two earned runs in 33.2 innings, holding opponents to a .195 batting average while collecting four saves.
1-2, 2.23 ERA, 26 Ks, 11 BBs
Once considered the Tigers’ closer, Stallings had an electric start, collecting 12 saves early in the season. He even earned a first-team freshman All-America nod from the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. But recently, Stallings hasn’t quite looked the same on the mound, leading Mainieri to change to a closer-by-committee plan. Regardless, Stallings likely will play a crucial role in Omaha if the Tigers need to escape a jam.
2-0, 3.34 ERA, 34 Ks, 10 BBs
There is a reason the Houston Astros decided to grab Person in the ninth round of the draft. After pitching for two seasons at LSU-Eunice, Person established himself as a solid bullpen arm last season, and he only furthered that description in 2015. Person has been primarily used in the setup role, and he has held opposing hitters to a .178 batting average in 29.2 innings.
1-2, 1.80 ERA, 34 Ks, 13 BBs
With former closer Jesse Stallings’ late struggles, Mainieri turned to Bugg to seal the deal late in contests. Bugg has been fantastic in his second year with the program, dropping his ERA to 1.80 while holding opposing hitters to a .180 batting average.