College of Charleston's Bailey Ober and Nick Pappas on Monday were named to the Baseball America Freshman All-America First Team.

South Carolina pitcher Wil Crowe made the second team.

The Cougars are 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 C of C.

A freshman from Huntersville, N.C., Ober led all NCAA freshman pitchers with a 1.52 ERA in 2014. He posted a 10-3 record and won the CAA tournament most outstanding player award.

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 the College of Charleston from Irmo 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).

Crowe was 8-3 with a 2.75 ERA as he became a solid member of the Gamecocks' starting rotation. Crowe struck out 59 batters and issued only 19 walks in 92 innings.

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 Cougars baseball player to compete for Team USA.


Charleston Southern junior Braxton Drummond set a career mark in the long jump with a 7.75-meter distance to finish ninth at the USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships in Sacramento on Sunday.

Drummond jumped 7.75 meters on his first attempt to finish just .03 meters out of the top eight and a spot in the finals among the field of 16 competitors. His jump is .04 meters longer than the Big South record-setting distance he accomplished in claiming first place at Notre Dame's Alex Wilson Invitational in February.