College of Charleston freshman pitcher Bailey Ober will remain with the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team as an alternate through July 5.
The team officially cut its roster to 24 players after a 10-day training camp evaluation tour through the Coastal Plains League.
During the evaluation period, Ober made two appearances and one start. He was in line for the win last night, until Team USA’s bullpen allowed a late comeback for a 7-5 loss. In his start, Ober allowed just one hit and struck out four of the seven batters he faced over two innings.
In his two appearances, Ober pitched five innings, allowing one run on four hits for an ERA of 1.80. He did not allow a walk and struck out seven batters.
Ober is the first CofC baseball player to compete for Team USA.
A native of Huntersville, N.C., Ober will remain with the U.S. team as it faces Chinese Taipei this week in a five-game series. The series will see games at the team’s training facility in Cary, N.C. (July 1), at Keeter Stadium in Shelby, N.C. (July 2), in the new BB&T Ballpark in Charlotte, N.C. (July 3) and on July 4 and 5 at Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, N.C.
Ober won the 2014 NCBWA Freshman Pitcher of the Year after a phenomenal freshman season. He led all NCAA freshmen with an ERA of 1.52 and a record of 10-3. His walks and hits per innings pitched (WHIP) of 0.86 set a new school record and ranked seventh in the country.