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Athlete of the Week: CofC's Bailey Ober

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) – At 6-feet 8-inches tall, Bailey Ober would catch anyone's eye in a crowd. Standing alone on the mound for the College of Charleston, he's even harder to miss unless you're in the batter's box.

So far, the true freshman is 4-0 with a minuscule 1.0 ERA. This week's CAA Pitcher of the Week is also the ABC News 4 Athlete of the Week.

"He continues to amaze me that in his true freshman year, he's pitching the way he's pitching," said head coach Monte Lee.

He's a towering presence on the hill with pinpoint accuracy and a fast ball that reaches the low 90s – Ober has been downright dominant.

"I just came in a hoped for the best. I didn't know what to expect in the first year of college baseball. It's been a blessing," Ober said.

He's yet to walk a batter all season and has logged 26 strikeouts in 27 innings of work. All season the long, the freshman has given up just three runs.

Ober says he had a few offers coming out of Charlotte Christian, but the College just worked out.

"I've always loved the beach. The campus here is beautiful. The baseball program has been great. It just seemed perfect. I like being the underdog. I like playing on a team like this. I think we're going to surprise some people," he said.

Lee is shocked by the freshman.

"This is year 14 for me. I've never seen a freshman that consistent. We know he'll face adversity at some point at time, but the way he handles it, he'll be successful," Lee said.

The one knock on Ober so far – his weight, or rather his lack thereof.

"Monte called me ‘Fungo' when I was in the outfield shagging balls. Everyone jokes around. But I embrace it. Obviously I need to put on some pounds and get stronger over the next few years and just keep working hard," Ober said.

And the only thing leaner than Bailey is opposing batter statistics.

The hungry hurler is hoping to help the Cougars as they head into uncharted territory in the CAA. And that makes Ober this week's Athlete of the Week.

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