Thursday, June 26, 2014
College of Charleston’s young pitching phenom Bailey Ober made his debut in a USA Baseball uniform on Wednesday night in Wilson, North Carolina.
The NCBWA Freshman Pitcher of the Year from Huntersville, North Carolina, Ober is trying to make the 24-man U.S. Collegiate National Team, which will be announced on June 29. He is currently training with the team as they go through a series of exhibition games in North Carolina.
Last night, Ober helped the United States to a 14-2 win over Wilson. He pitched the fourth, fifth and sixth innings, allowing one run on three hits with no walks and three strikeouts. He needed just 14 pitches to record perfect fourth and fifth innings. He nearly stranded a runner in scoring position after two strikeouts in the sixth, but allowed a two-out RBI single.
Ober led College of Charleston in 2014 with a 10-3 record and 1.52 ERA, leading all NCAA freshmen pitchers. Ober was named a Louisville Slugger and NCBWA Freshman All-American, while earning a spot on the ABCA All-Region team. He set a new CofC record with his WHIP of 0.86, which ranked seventh in the country.
USA Baseball announced that Ober will get the start on Sunday, June 29 before the 24-man final roster is announced. He is looking to become the first CofC baseball player to make the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team.