The best pitchers are like artists on the mound. Nothing gets the home crowd fired up like the guys who combine that artistry with a knack for striking out opposing batters with their slugger's kryptonite. Here's a look at the seven kings of Ks who currently lead NCAA Division I baseball in strikeouts:
Joey Lucchesi | Southeast Missouri St. | Sr. | 71 strikeouts
Kevin Hill | South Alabama | Sr. | 70 strikeouts
Kenny Rosenberg | CSUN | So. | 70 strikeouts
Rosenberg's ERA (2.68) isn't too impressive, but the sophomore excels where it counts, winning games. He has a 4-1 record as a starter.
Clarke Schmidt | South Carolina | So. | 70 strikeouts
Schmidt is a workhorse. The sophomore has pitched 56 innings, more than any other Gamecock pitcher. He's walked only 10 batters and given up just two home runs. Schmidt's tallied a 1.77 ERA in eight starts including a complete game. Oh, and his lone loss didn't come until March 31.
Mitchell White | Santa Clara | So. | 70 strikeouts
White's first start came this year, and he's still getting used to the DI game. He may be sitting on a 2-4 record with a 3.04 ERA, but his remarkable 70 strikeouts show he'll be a force to be reckoned with soon enough.
J.B. Bukauskas | North Carolina | So. | 68 strikeouts
Bukauskas had a successful freshman season, posting a 5-3 record, but he's already passed his SO total from 2015 (67). He's also matched his win total from last year while earning only a single loss. This Heels hurler is only getting more dangerous.
Jon Duplantier | Rice | Jr. | 68 strikeouts