Steve Arlin helped lead Ohio State to back-to-back appearances at the College World Series in 1965 and 1966. He not only is considered the top pitcher in Ohio State baseball history, but he also is regarded as one of the greatest pitchers in the history of the College World Series. He is one of only two pitchers named to the All-Time College World Series team.
In the 1965 CWS, facing elimination against Washington State, Arlin struck out a CWS-record 20 batters in a 15-inning, 1-0 victory by Ohio State. His 15 innings pitched that game is still a CWS record.
The next year, the Buckeyes won the National Championship with Arlin on the mound in five of the team's six games, twice beating top-seeded Southern California. He allowed just five hits in 20 2/3 CWS innings pitched that year.
Arlin had a two-year record of 24-3 with the Buckeyes and held OSU marks for victories and strikeouts (294) until 1999 and his .889 win percentage is the best in school history. He led the nation in strikeouts as a sophomore with 165 and went 13-2 that year in leading the Buckeyes to a second-place finish at the 1965 College World Series. The next year he went 11-1 and helped Ohio State claim the championship.
Arlin, who went on to pitch six seasons with the San Diego Padres, was a two-time First-Team All-American and All-Big Ten selection and still holds two College World Series records. He was honored by being the Most Valuable Player at the College World Series in 1966 and was an All-CWS selection in 1965. Arlin’s jersey was retired by Ohio State in 2004.