Oregon State pitcher Kevin Abel, the Beavers’ 6-foot freshman right-hander, first first-pumped with both arms, then he threw his glove, followed by his embroidered “OSU” hat.

Faced with a 3-2 count with two outs in the top of the ninth inning against Arkansas in Game 3 of the College World Series — the same one-strike-away-from-a-championship scenario that the Razorbacks had squandered the night before — Abel threw a sinking fastball that kissed the bottom of the strike zone for strike three to clinch a 5-0 win.

Abel’s 10th strikeout of the night brought the Beavers their third national title in school history, christened, fittingly, with a dog pile on the freshman sensation.

You could make the case, both individually on this confetti-filled night as well as for his entire two-week stretch in Omaha, that Abel assembled the best pitching performance in College World Series history. You could also argue that the baby-faced freshman who turned 19 just four months ago, had to do so for Oregon State to bring the national championship trophy back to Corvallis.

Oregon State went 6-2 in the College World Series, losing its openers in both bracket play and in the championship series. Abel earned four of those wins on the mound in the span of 11 days, including the final three – the winner-take-all rematch against Mississippi State where the victors advanced to the finals and both wins in the finals against Arkansas on consecutive days.

No pitcher had ever won four games in a single College World Series before, and Abel added his fourth in style. He became just the fourth pitcher in CWS history to throw a complete game shutout in the championship game — against an Arkansas team that hadn’t been shut out all season in its previous 68 games. His two hits allowed are a championship game record in a complete game.

WATCH: Game 3 highlights