College of Charleston pitcher Bailey Ober has been selected as the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Freshman Pitcher of the Year, the organization announced Tuesday.
Hailing from Huntersville, N.C. and Charlotte Christian High School, Ober put together a dominant freshman season beginning with a five-inning shutout in relief to defeat then-No. 12 North Carolina on opening day and ending with an eight-inning, one-run performance against No. 10 Texas Tech in the NCAA Super Regional.
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.
Ober teamed with Friday night starter Taylor Clarke to become the first pair of CofC pitchers to both record 10 wins in the same season. Charleston’s overall team ERA of 2.73 set a new program record and ranks 18th in the country. CofC’s team WHIP of 1.11 ranks seventh in the nation.
The CAA Rookie of the Year and CAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player, Ober was already named a Freshman All-American by the NCBWA and Collegiate Baseball this season.
He becomes CofC’s first National Freshman Pitcher of the Year after Daniel Aldrich won the Collegiate Baseball National Freshman Player of the Year in 2011. He is also the 10th All-American coached by Monte Lee in his six seasons at the helm.