Thursday, June 19, 2014
College of Charleston freshman pitcher Bailey Ober was selected to the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) All-Atlantic Region Second Team, the organization announced Wednesday.
The award is the latest in a slew of postseason honors for CofC’s top pitcher in 2014. Ober has been previously named the NCBWA Freshman Pitcher of the Year as well as a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American. The CAA Rookie of the Year, Ober was named the CAA Tournament MVP and has been invited to try out for the USA Baseball Collegiate National team.
With his selection, Ober becomes the eighth ABCA All-Region selection under head coach Monte Lee and the 15th overall.
Ober finished the season with a 10-3 record and a 1.52 ERA, the third-best ERA in CofC history and the lowest earned run average among all NCAA freshmen pitchers in 2014. His walks and hits per innings pitched (WHIP) of 0.86 ranked seventh in the nation and set a new school record for a single season.
Opponents hit just .192 against Ober, a new single-season best for any CofC starting pitcher. He finished with 85 strikeouts and just 19 walks for a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 4.47, which ranked second in the CAA.
He came within one quality start of tying College of Charleston’s single-season quality start record of 13, set by Nick Chigges in 2006. Ober made 12 quality starts in 14 total games started. He was a part of three shutouts, two complete games and pitched at least eight innings in six different starts. He did not allow more than three earned runs in any start this season.