Pitcher Michael Rocha
It's hard to argue with the results Rocha produced on the hill in 2011. In 16 appearances, he sizzled to a 10-3 record with a 1.75 ERA. That included five complete games, one of which was a shutout. He had nearly a five-to-one strikeout-to-walk ratio, fanning 82 to just 17 base on balls in 113 innings pitched. And batters managed just a .218 average against him, as he recorded a .938 WHIP throughout the season.
The numbers weren't quite as impressive in conference play, but impressive nonetheless. Rocha went 5-3 in nine appearances with a 2.08 ERA and three of those five complete games. He had 51 strikeouts to just 11 walks. And batters hit .238 against him, as he managed a 1.046 WHIP in those games.
Rocha was the clear ace throughout the year and a major reason OU won 40 games for the third season in a row.
Stay tuned for tomorrow's version of the postseason breakdown series.