Monday, June 30, 2014
College of Charleston's Bailey Ober and Nick Pappas were named to the Baseball America Freshman All-America First Team, the organization announced Monday.
CofC was one of just two teams with two players on the first team, joining Miami.
The award adds to Ober's trophy case in the 2014 offseason. He has already been named a Freshman All-American by Louisville Slugger and the NCBWA, earning the NCBWA Freshman Pitcher of the Year award. Ober was also selected to the ABCA All-Region Second Team. The award marked the first national honor for Pappas in his debut season at CofC.
A freshman from Huntersville, N.C. that's currently competing with the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team, Ober led all NCAA freshmen pitchers with a 1.52 ERA in 2014. He posted a 10-3 record and won the CAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player award. His WHIP of 0.86 set a new school record and ranked seventh in the country. He finished the season with 85 strikeouts against just 19 walks and opponents hit just .192 off of him.
In three postseason starts, Ober averaged eight innings per start and allowed just five total runs for an ERA of 1.88. He struck out 11 batters and walked just one in wins over William & Mary and Long Beach State and a narrow 1-0 loss at No. 10 Texas Tech in the super regionals.
Coming to CofC from Irmo, S.C. and Dutch Fork High School, Pappas made a big late-season impact as Charleston's first baseman. In eight postseason games, he hit two home runs and three doubles while driving in six RBIs for a slugging percentage of .621. He was named to the CAA All-Tournament team and led CofC with four RBIs in the Gainesville Regional.
On the season, Pappas earned CAA All-Freshman honors after hitting .269 with five homers and 26 RBIs. He slugged .406 while finishing second on the team in doubles (12).
Pappas made his mark at first base with a .993 fielding percentage, putting out 386 batters and tallying 27 assists against just three errors. His fantastic glove work at first base anchored a CofC defense that set a new school record with a .973 fielding percentage.
College of Charleston was the only school from the CAA represented on the list, while South Carolina's Wil Crowe was the only other state school representative.