College of Charleston baseball officially closed the books on the magical 2014 season with the program’s second-highest national year-end ranking.
CofC ranked 16th in the Collegiate Baseball poll, 17th in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) and Baseball America polls and 19th in the USA Today Coaches poll. CofC was also 17th in the Perfect Game poll. The Cougars were the highest-ranked baseball team in South Carolina in every national poll.
The final rankings are the second-highest in school history after Charleston finished the 2006 season ranked 12th by the NCBWA. CofC also posted the second-highest end-of-season ranking in CAA baseball history after ECU finished 11th in 2001.
CofC finished 44-19 overall with a trip to the NCAA Lubbock Super Regional, the second super regional appearance in school history. Charleston won the CAA Tournament with three consecutive victories, and then became the first four seed to ever sweep an NCAA Regional, taking out SEC Champion Florida in the process.
The story of the 2014 season for College of Charleston revolved around pitching and defense. CofC set new program records in team ERA (2.73) and fielding percentage (.973). The Cougars ranked seventh in the nation for fewest walks and hits per innings pitched (WHIP) with 1.11, while ranking eighth in the country in strikeout-to-walk ratio (2.89).
With seven home runs in eight postseason games, College of Charleston finished 31st in the country in long balls, marking the eighth-straight season that the Cougars have ranked in the top 40 in the NCAA in home runs. Since the inception of the BBCOR bats in 2011, Charleston ranks third nationally in total home runs.
CofC freshman Bailey Ober was named the NCBWA Freshmen Pitcher of the Year, picking up Freshman All-American and ABCA All-Region honors along the way. Ober finished with a 10-3 record and 1.52 ERA, leading all NCAA freshmen pitchers. He set a new school record with his WHIP of 0.86, which ranked seventh nationally. Ober combined with Taylor Clarke (10-4) to become the first pair of 10-game winners on the same team in CofC history.