LYNCHBURG, VA. (NCBWA) – University of Miami catcher
and College of Charleston right-handed pitcher Bailey Ober have
been named the 2014 National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association
National Freshman Hitter and Pitcher of the Year recipients, as
announced by the organization today.
Collins posted a .298 batting average with 54 RBIs and 32 runs
scored for the Miami Hurricanes this season. In 61 games, the catcher
collected 14 doubles and hit 11 home runs to record a .556 slugging
percentage. In addition, he finished with a .427 on base percentage
and tied for the team-lead with 114 total bases.
Starting 58 games, the Pembroke Pines, Fla., native was named
the 2014 Atlantic Coast Conference Freshman of the Year, helping
the Hurricanes record a 44-19 mark and capture the ACC Coastal Division
title. The Hurricanes finished the year ranked No. 22 in the latest
NCBWA Weekly Poll.
Collins led the ACC in RBI, while tying for the conference lead
in home runs. The catcher also was listed among the ACC leaders
in slugging percentage (2nd), on-base percentage (9th) and total
bases (2nd). An All-ACC third team selection, Collins was named
to NCBWA Freshman All-America first team and to the Louisville Slugger
Freshman All-America team by the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.
Ober led the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) and ranked 16th
nationally with a 1.52 ERA over a team-leading 106.2 innings during
his first collegiate season at College of Charleston. The right-hander
completed the year with a 10-3 record over 17 appearances. He struck
out 85 and walked 19, holding opponent batters to a .192 batting
average. In addition, he pitched two complete games and a shutout
and did not allow more than three runs in any of his 14 starts in
The Huntersville, N.C., native finished the year with a .862
WHIP (Walks + Hits per Innings Pitched), which leads all freshman
pitchers and is currently the seventh best in the country. Ober
also led the CAA in ERA and opponent batting average, while pitching
the second most innings in the conference. The right-hander’s 2014
ERA ranks third on the College of Charleston all-time list.
Ober was named the 2014 CAA Rookie of the Year and the CAA Tournament
Most Outstanding Player, helping College of Charleston post a 41-19
record and claim the NCAA Gainesville, Fla., Regional title. The
Cougars finished their year ranked No. 16 in the latest NCBWA poll.
An All-CAA first team member, Ober was named to the NCBWA Freshman
All-America first team and to the Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America
team by the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.
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college baseball. Membership is open to writers, broadcasters and
publicists of the sport. For more information about the NCBWA, visit
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