College of Charleston pitcher Bailey Ober was 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.
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.