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GSA Spotlight: George Kirby

May 16, 2019

ELON, N.C. - It's the kind of stat you'd expect to see from a finesse pitcher: just six walks in 82.2 innings, spanning 13 starts. But Elon's George Kirby is no thumber - he's one of the premier power arms in college baseball.

Kirby also has 105 strikeouts and has held batters to a .203 average this season, while going8-1, 2.07 for the Colonial Athletic Association regular-season champion Phoenix. Kirby ranks fifth nationally with a 0.83 WHIP, and he leads all of Division I with a ridiculous 17.5-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

"It's quite a floor, ain't it?" said Elon pitching coach Sean McGrath. "He's the best of both worlds. He's a command guy, kind of what you see from a mid-major Friday or Saturday guy who's a mid-to-upper-80s guy, and he's doing it at 95. And beyond that, he's doing it probably better than most ever do it."

The combination of plus fastball velocity, an ideal pitcher's frame at 6-foot-4, 201 pounds, and elite strike-throwing ability gives Kirby perhaps a better combination of a high floor and a high ceiling than any other pitcher in the 2019 draft class. In his final regular-season start Sunday against UNC Wilmington, Kirby came out of the chute sitting at 96 mph with his fastball and bumped 97. He pitched comfortably at 94-95 and touched 96 repeatedly over the first four innings, and he didn't throw a fastball below 93 mph in his five excellent innings of work, before Elon pulled him at the 79-pitch mark to get him a little extra rest heading into the conference tournament and hopefully the NCAA tournament. It was typical Kirby dominance: he allowed just one unearned run on two hits while striking out nine - and walking none, as usual.

For most college pitchers, learning to pound the strike zone is paramount. Kirby, however, has had to learn to expand the zone more often.

"He's really taken to being able to leave the zone, because the beginning portion of this year, he was so much in the zone that he was putting guys in swing mode," McGrath said. "Then he learned, 'OK, I can pitch a couple balls off or I can pitch a couple balls up, and they're probably still gonna offer.' And he commands it well enough that even if you do it 1-0 and 2-1, you're not afraid you're gonna go walk them, and it gets called more because he has the reputation."

Kirby showed good control as a sophomore too, going 10-3, 2.89 with a 96-27 K-BB mark in 90.1 innings. But he's gotten better across the board as a junior.

"One thing I've done a lot better this year is be able to command and limit the walks, which has helped me a lot. I expect to do this well every time I go out," Kirby said. "I think just the work I do during the week, trying to hone in my mechanics, I think that's helped me a lot. The pitch calling helps me a lot to expand, so I just try to hit those spots, keep it out of the zone. I didn't really change anything mechanically, I just tried to add more flow in my delivery. I changed the way I step back, I'm a little quicker to the plate now, which has helped me in the flow of the game, staying consistent. … It kind of just clicked."

Kirby took an important step forward last summer in the Cape Cod League, where he posted a 1.20 ERA in 11 relief appearances for Harwich. He said he enjoyed the closer role last summer, and he gained confidence from facing the best hitters in college baseball day-in and day-out. He also worked hard to improve his changeup and slider in the summer and throughout the fall.

Kirby's calling card remains that electric fastball, which served as the putaway pitch on eight of his nine strikeouts against UNCW. But he has refined his secondary stuff to the point that he now feels comfortable mixing with four quality pitches. His 85-86 mph straight changeup has been his best secondary pitch for most of his collegiate career, and he threw it with good arm speed against the Seahawks, helping him get ahead of hitters early in counts. He also excels at throwing his 78-80 mph curveball as a backdoor strike against lefties. It's not a hammer, but he has developed it to the point that he can get occasional swing-and-misses with it, as he did Sunday against Riley Zayicek, who struck out on the pitch.

"He's been able to go ahead and leave that thing short and believable, more often than he was last year," McGrath said. "Last year it was almost, how do you mix early to finish with fastball? Now we can give any assortment of pitches early in the AB and finish them whichever way we see fit late in the AB."

The biggest difference from last year is the development of Kirby's slider, an 82-85 mph offering that flashes solid-average. That's become an important weapon for him, as he has learned to throw it harder, with more intent, as he put it.

"We tried to add a slider last spring and it never really took shape. Some days he'd have it and would be able to throw a couple, and other days it just wouldn't be there," McGrath said. "And then this fall, a little bit this summer when he was up in the Cape, he was able to go ahead and fiddle around with grips and fiddle around with thoughts of what exactly he's looking to do with the slider, if he were to add one. Man, he's hammered away at it in bullpens and game plan, and it's taken shape. But he went from fastball-changeup with a show-me breaking ball, to now he can put people away with four different pitches."

Kirby and fellow junior righthander Kyle Brnovich form one of the best one-two pitching duos in college baseball, giving Elon a chance to beat any team in America in a weekend series. They have two very different styles - Brnovich pitches heavily off his devastating slider, one of the best in the country, while Kirby lives off that fastball - but they complement each other well. They also have a healthy competitive relationship; last year Kirby pitched on Friday and Brnovich went 8-2, 1.71 with 147 strikeouts in 105 innings as the Saturday starter. This year, Brnovich is 6-3, 3.81 on Fridays, and Kirby has been utterly dominant on Saturdays.

"We definitely push each other, but I'd say it's more individual, honestly," Kirby said. "We both have different styles of pitching, and we both worked on that during the week all the time, bullpens and everything. But we definitely do push each other a little bit, because Friday-Saturday, either of us could really have the Friday spot. So we're both competing with each other, and it's good to be competitive when you're good friends."

Kirby places great value in being a model teammate and helping Elon's young arms improve. He's soft-spoken and even-keeled, and he isn't afraid to offer teammates some insights.

"He's a guy's guy. Teammates love him. They know not to bother him too much on game day, but you won't to be able to tell, 'Oh, that's George Kirby.' He doesn't want to look any different than any of these other 33, 34 guys," McGrath said. "He's just one of the boys. The guys take to him. The other thing he's been really, really good at is he's been a great leader, whether it be allowing young guys to watch his bullpens and allowing them to take something from him, or he'll sit down with guys and talk about how he thinks about using his lower half, or his thoughts on certain pitches, where to execute, how to execute. He's done as much developing as I have with those freshman and sophomore arms, in terms of getting in touch with them and making sure in his catch play that he's a good example for others. He's diligent, and I think he's helped some buy-in, and other guys carry themselves pretty similarly."

"I'm just trying to share all the information I can give them," Kirby added. "A lot of times we struggle just hitting the zone, so I'll spot some things that guys are doing down there that I think have worked for me. I think having McGrath down there, we're both on the same page, so if I have something to say he'll let me say it, and he usually agrees with it. I think just giving my advice has helped them get a little more confidence on the mound, and I think it's shown. The past couple weeks the younger guys have gone out and done pretty well."

After going 19-5 in CAA play to run away with the regular-season title, Elon is now focused on winning the automatic bid that goes to the conference tournament champion, and getting the program back to regionals for the first time since 2013. With Kirby and Brnovich leading the way, and talented sophomore Jared Wetherbee rounding out the rotation with flame-thrower Ty Adcock anchoring the back of the bullpen, the Phoenix have the pitching firepower to make some serious noise in the postseason. And Elon's progression over the last three years has been very gratifying for Kirby, as you might imagine.

"Came here freshman year, we didn't do very well. Last year we got bumped out in the semis. So I'm just glad we're making progress every year," Kirby said. "We have a special group of guys, our pitching staff's really good, gave our guys a chance to win every time out there. You see we just dominated the CAA this year, so it was pretty fun to watch."

Kirby is awfully fun to watch, too.

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Merchant and Dong Named First Player and Pitcher of the Day for 14U

June 27, 2019

West Palm Beach, Fla. - The first Player of the Day title for the 14U tournament at the National Team Championships in Florida goes to East Orlando Tigers center fielder Andrew Merchant. Merchant went 3-for-4, scored three runs and tallied two RBIs during their 7-1 win versus Club750 Elite. He hit a triple, double and single to be a home run away from hitting a cycle.

Connor Dong of BL101 Real Ballers was named the Pitcher of the Day. Dong threw 3.2 no-hit innings and struck out three batters. He collaborated with Zigen Kodama, who threw the final 0.1 innings, for a no-hit 12-0 win against CBA Texas.

Honorable Mentions

- 2B Bernard Moon (Meridian Panthers): 3-for-4, 3B, 2B, R, 2 RBI

- P Brandon Olivera (MVP Elite): 2.2 IP, 0 H, 1 R/0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K

- P Garrett Lambert (Meridian Panthers): 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R/0 ER, 4 K

- CF Grant Garrett (Meridian Panthers): 4-for-4, 3 R, RBI, 3 SB

- P Julian Gonzalez (Columbus HS Blue): 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R/0 ER, 3 BB, 3 K

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BL101 Real Ballers Tosses Combined No-Hitter to Win 12-0

June 26, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
BLRS 2 6 3 1 X X X 12 11 2
CBTX 0 0 0 0 X X X 0 0 4
Win: C. Dong Loss: R. Peres Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play
 

West Palm Beach, Fla. - A combined no-hitter and some hot bats helped BL101 Real Ballers secure a 12-0 win over CBA Texas in the first round of 14U games at the National Team Championships in Florida.

A leadoff single and CBA error put two runners on base for BL101 to start the first inning. A double from Esteban Garcia (2-for-3) scored Jesiah Carpenter (2-for-3) and an Aidan Paradine (1-for-3) single scored Justin Acevedo (2-for-3) to give BL101 an early 2-0 lead.

The top of the second inning brought in six more runs for BL101. Jason Prince (1-for-2) and Joey Tonnotti (0-for-2) came home off a double from Carpenter, who reached third when Avecedo hit a single, and scored when Garcia grounded out to second base to put BL101 up 5-0 with one out.

Jared Cohen (0-for-1) drew a walk to put runners on the corners for BL101. A CBA error allowed Paradine to reach first and Avecedo to score. Cohen scored next on a sacrifice fly from Gavin McBeath (1-for-2) and Paradine came home on a double from Nicholas Rodriguez (2-for-3) to crank the score up to 8-0.

BL101 kept it going, scoring three runs in the top of the third to increase their lead to 11-0. After drawing a one-out walk, Prince rounded the bases and scored on two different CBA errors. A double and a single from Acevedo and Garcia, respectively, brought in Tonnotti and Acevedo to score the next two.

The final run came in for BL101 in the top of the fourth inning after McBeath hit a one-out double, advanced on a Rodriguez single and scored while Sean Collins (0-for-0) was up to bat. The game ended after four innings due to the tournament's mercy rule.

Connor Dong (1-0) got the win for BL101 Real Ballers, leading the combined no-hitter with no runs on no hits and three strikeouts during 3.2 of the four innings played. Zigen Kodama helped complete the feat, throwing the final nine pitches of the game. The loss went to CBA Texas's Ruben Peres (0-1) for six runs on six hits and one strikeout in his 1.1 innings on the mound.

BL101 Real Ballers starts the tournament 1-0 and CBA Texas, 0-1, heading into Thursday's round of doubleheaders.

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USA Baseball Unveils 2019 Collegiate National Team Training Camp Roster

June 26, 2019

DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball unveiled the 2019 Collegiate National Team training camp roster on Wednesday, highlighted by the return of Patrick Bailey (NC State), Max Meyer (Minnesota) and Spencer Torkelson (Arizona State) to Team USA for the second consecutive year. The 2019 Collegiate National Team will host a series of Red vs. Blue games, an exhibition against the Coastal Plain League (CPL) Select team and a five-game international friendship series against Cuba before traveling to Taiwan and Japan to finish the summer.

Eight of the 36 training camp athletes have already secured spots on the final 24-man roster for the international friendship series against Cuba, Chinese Taipei and Japan. The remaining 28 players will vie for spots on the final roster which will be announced on July 1.

"I am extremely excited to get to camp and get started," said 2019 Collegiate National Team Manager Dan McDonnell. "It will be special to put the USA uniform on again while getting to work with the best players in college baseball. I'm looking forward to watching them compete and come together as one to take on Cuba, Taiwan and Japan."

Seven alumni of USA Baseball will return to the stars and stripes in 2019. Bailey is making his third appearance with Team USA after competing with the 2018 Collegiate National Team and winning a gold medal at the COPABE Pan Am "AAA" Championships with the 2016 18U National Team. Logan Allen (FIU) was also a member of that gold medal-winning 2016 18U National Team, while Doug Nikhazy (Ole Miss) will don the red, white and blue again in 2019 after participating with the 15U National Team in 2014.

In addition, Cole Wilcox (Georgia) and Kumar Rocker (Vanderbilt) will reunite for Team USA after winning a World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup gold medal with the 2017 18U National Team.

Three members of the 2019 Collegiate National Team have also participated in the USA Baseball National Team Development Program (NTDP). The NTDP offers athletes an opportunity to connect with USA Baseball staff to better prepare for future national team experience. Nikazy trained with the 2013 14U NTDP, while Rocker and Holden Powell were members of the 17U NTDP in 2016.

The 2019 Collegiate National Team schedule will begin with a four-game intrasquad Red vs. Blue series from June 27-30 at the National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina. Team USA will then follow with a game against the CPL Select on July 1 at the National Training Complex before hosting the 8th Annual USA vs. Cuba International Friendship Series July 2-6.

The five-game series will kick off at LP Frans Stadium in Hickory, North Carolina, followed by games at BB&T Ballpark in Charlotte, North Carolina, the Durham Bulls Athletic Park (DBAP) in Durham, North Carolina, and the National Training Complex. The series will then return to the DBAP for the finale on July 6.

Following the 8th Annual USA vs. Cuba International Friendship Series, Team USA will travel to Taichung, Taiwan, for the 19th USA vs. Chinese Taipei International Friendship Series from July 9-12 and close out its summer schedule with the 43rd USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Star Series, which will take place in various cities throughout Japan from July 16-21.

Louisville Head Coach Dan McDonnell was named the manager of the 2019 Collegiate National Team in July 2018. He will be joined on staff by assistant coaches Mark Kingston (South Carolina) and Tony Skole (The Citadel), pitching coach Greg Moore (Saint Mary's) and bench coach Dave Turgeon (Pittsburgh Pirates).

Three of the 8th USA vs. Cuba International Friendship Series games will be streamed live on USABaseball.com and the remaining seven domestic Collegiate National Team's games will be broadcasted on USA Baseball's Facebook channel. Stay tuned to USABaseball.com, and follow @USABaseballCNT on Twitter, for the latest information.

The roster is as follows. Please note that all roster spots are subject to change.

2019 Collegiate National Team Roster
(Name; Position; Hometown; School; Year)
*24-man roster selection

Andrew Abbott; LHP; Halifax, Va.; Virginia; Sophomore
Logan Allen; LHP; Deltona, Fla.; FIU; Sophomore
Tanner Allen; IF/OF; Theodore, Ala.; Mississippi State; Sophomore
*Patrick Bailey; C; Greensboro, N.C.; NC State; Sophomore
Alex Binelas; IF/OF; Oak Creek, Wis.; Louisville; Freshman
*Tyler Brown; RHP; Ashland, Ohio; Vanderbilt; Sophomore
Alec Burleson; LHP/1B; Denver, N.C.; ECU; Sophomore
Burl Carraway; LHP; College Station, Texas; Dallas Baptist U.; Sophomore
Cade Cavalli; RHP; Bixby, Okla.; Oklahoma; Sophomore
Garrett Crochet; LHP; Ocean Springs, Miss.; Tennessee; Sophomore
Colton Cowser; OF; Cypress, Tex.; Sam Houston State; Freshman
Trenton Denholm; RHP; El Dorado Hills, Calif.; UC-Irvine; Sophomore
*Reid Detmers; LHP; Chatham, Ill.; Louisville; Sophomore
Justin Foscue; IF/OF; Huntsville, Ala.; Mississippi State; Sophomore
Nick Frasso; RHP; Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.; Loyola Marymount; Sophomore
Michael Kirian; LHP; New Riegel, Ohio; Louisville; Sophomore
Heston Kjerstad; OF; Amarillo, Texas; Arkansas; Sophomore
*Asa Lacy; LHP; Kerrville, Texas; Texas A&M; Sophomore
Nick Loftin; IF; Corpus Christi, Texas; Baylor; Sophomore
Tommy Mace; RHP; Tampa, Fla.; Florida; Sophomore
*Austin Martin; UTL; Jacksonville, Fla.; Vanderbilt; Sophomore
Casey Martin; IF; Lonoke, Ark.; Arkansas; Sophomore
Chris McMahon; RHP; West Chester, Penn.; Miami; Sophomore
*Max Meyer; RHP/OF; Woodbury, Minn.; Minnesota; Sophomore
Bobby Miller; RHP; McKenry, Ill.; Louisville; Sophomore
Garrett Mitchell; OF; Orange, Calif.; UCLA; Sophomore
Doug Nikhazy; LHP/OF; Windermere, Fla.; Ole Miss; Freshman
*Casey Opitz; C; Centennial, Colo.; Arkansas; Sophomore
Mason Pelio; RHP; San Diego, Calif.; Boston College; Freshman
Holden Powell; RHP; Visalia, Calif.; UCLA; Sophomore
Kumar Rocker; RHP; Athens, Ga.; Vanderbilt; Freshman
*Spencer Torkelson; IF; Petaluma, Calif.; Arizona State; Sophomore
Luke Waddell; INF; Loveland, Ohio; Georgia Tech; Sophomore
Jordan Westburg; IF; New Braunfels, Texas; Mississippi State; Sophomore
Cole Wilcox; RHP; Chickamauga, Ga.; Georgia; Freshman
Alika Williams; IF; San Diego, Calif.; Arizona State; Sophomore

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Four Cardinals Headed to Team USA Training Camp

June 26, 2019

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Four University of Louisville student-athletes will be in North Carolina this week participating in training camp for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team.

Freshman Alex Binelas and sophomores Reid Detmers, Michael Kirian and Bobby Miller will represent the Cardinals at training camp with the hopes of making the final 24-man roster.

Training camp is underway at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C., with the four-game Red-Blue Series set to take place Thursday through Sunday. The USA Collegiate National Team, managed this summer by Louisville head coach Dan McDonnell, is scheduled to play a five-game series against Cuba July 2-6 at multiple sites across North Carolina. They will then travel to Taichung, Taiwan for five games against Chinese Taipei July 9-12 and wrap up with five games at Japan July 16-21.

Louisville has had 11 student-athletes compete with the USA Collegiate National Team previously, most recently with Devin Hairston and Brendan McKay in 2016. The four players are the most the Cardinals have had with the team in any one year.

A freshman All-American in 2019, Binelas had a standout season for the Cardinals in his first year. The Oak Creek, Wis., native finished the season with a .291 average, 14 doubles, 14 home runs and 59 RBIs. He was the first Louisville freshman to hit double-digit home runs since Chris Dominguez in 2007. Binelas was an All-ACC second team selection and earned freshman All-America honors from Collegiate Baseball Newspaper and the NCBWA.

Detmers turned in arguably the most prolific single season by a pitcher in Louisville baseball history in 2019. The sophomore was 13-4 overall with a 2.78 ERA and 167 strikeouts in 113.1 innings. His 13 wins matched UofL's single-season record, while he went flying past the previous single-season mark of 146 strikeouts. Detmers garnered All-America honors from six different organizations, including first team recognition by the ABCA, D1Baseball, NCBWA and Perfect Game, and became the seventh Louisville player to be named the conference pitcher of the year.

Kirian had a breakout campaign in his second year with the Cardinals. The southpaw led UofL with a 1.69 ERA while going 3-1 with five saves in 26 overall appearances. Kirian gave up just six earned runs with 42 strikeouts in 32 innings. The New Reigel, Ohio, native kept his strong work going in the postseason, picking up a win and a save in the NCAA Louisville Regional and adding a save in Louisville's win over Auburn at the NCAA College World Series.

Starting as the closer for the Cardinals before moving into the starting rotation, Miller amassed a 7-1 mark in 2019 with a 3.83 ERA and a pair of saves in 80 innings of work. The sophomore was a force for the Cardinals during its run in the NCAA Championship, turning in three excellent starts. Miller tallied a victory in an elimination game in the NCAA Regional against Indiana, before twirling eight no-hit innings against East Carolina in the Super Regional round to send Louisville to the College World Series. In the CWS, the right-hander allowed just one run in four innings against Auburn before having his start cut short by rain.

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Mace Has Opportunity with Team USA - Florida Gators

June 26, 2019

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Florida sophomore Tommy Macehas a rare opportunity this summer.

On Wednesday, Mace will travel to Cary, North Carolina, to take part in the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team Training Camp, which runs from June 27 to July 1.

Mace was the lone constant in the Gators' rotation in 2019, posting an 8-5 record in a team high 16 starts. In week five, he took over Florida's Friday night starter. On the season, Mace led the team with 89.2 innings pitched and 74 strikeouts.

In two years at Florida, Mace has a 13-5 record in 42 appearances (22 starts) with a 4.84 earned run average.

The USA Baseball Collegiate National Team participants will compete in series of four intrasquad exhibition games and one contest against the Coastal Plain League Select before announcing a 26-man roster prior to the 8th USA vs. Cuba International Friendship Series that will take place July 2-6 in Cary, Charlotte, Durham and Hickory, North Carolina.

If selected to the 26-man roster, Mace will become the 19th Florida player to join the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team. The last time a UF player participated was 2016, when Alex Faedo, Dalton Guthrie and Mike Rivera played for Team USA.

Team USA's 26-man roster will travel to Taiwan for the 19th USA vs. Chinese Taipei International Friendship Series after which USA Baseball will announce a final 24-man roster to compete in the 43rd USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Star Series from July 16-21 in Japan.

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Taurek Named Player, Egan Named Pitcher of the Day for June 24

June 25, 2019

PHOENIX - On day one of seeded action at the 2019 USA Baseball 15U National Team Championships in Arizona, Aiden Taurek and Owen Egan have been named Player and Pitcher of the Day, respectively, for their performances today.

Taurek got on base every single time he stepped into the box, going 4-for-4 and just a home run away from the cycle. Taurek notched a single, two doubles and a triple in his squad's 7-1 win over MountainWest while also knocking in four of the seven runs the So Cal Birds White scored in the victory. With today's win, the Birds total a 3-1 record through action so far.

Egan tossed a complete game no-hitter on the bump today, keeping all but one base runner off the path from BPA. He tossed five innings of no-hit ball to dominate BPA to the tune of a 9-0 run-rule win, striking out five while walking just one better. The win brings the GBG Renegades to a 3-1 record as well.

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Sun Devil Baseball's Williams Invited To USA Collegiate National Team Training Camp

June 25, 2019

PHOENIX - Sun Devil Baseball's Alika WIlliams will join ASU teammate Spencer Torkelson in donning the Red, White and Blue this summer as he has been selected to represent the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team this summer, where he will take part in the 2019 National Team Training Camp in an effort to earn a spot on the final Team USA roster that will compete in three international friendlies in the coming months.

Williams put up impressive numbers in a breakout sophomore campaign, embracing his role as a cleanup hitter an honorable mention nod on the Pac-12 All-Conference team while also earning a spot on the league's All-Defensive roster.  Williams finished with a .333 batting average with 53 RBIs - easily a career high in the category. He had just 20 total RBIs last season.

When he did get RBIs, he tended to get a lot of them as he logged 16 multi-RBI games this season and while finishing second on the team with nine games with three or more RBIs. Williams homered four times this year and recorded 12 doubles and three triples. He slugged .474 on the season - nearly 150 points higher than his freshman total of .333. With 19 extra-base hits on the year, he easily far surpassed his freshman total of nine.

The sophomore was incredible when falling behind in counts this season, posting a .409 average (18-of-44) when facing 1-2 counts. Of his 71 hits on the year, 41 came while trailing in the count and 20 of his 53 RBIs (.377) came when falling behind in counts.

He was 37-of-105 (.352) on two-strike hitting on the year - striking out a team-low 28 times while walking 33 times, making him the only player on the team with more walks than strikeouts. The sophomore was incredible at advancing baserunners this season, second on the team with a .593 advance percentage with 73 advancements on 123 opportunities.

Defensively, Williams finished second in the Pac-12 with 149 defensive assists this season. He  helped turn 36 double plays this season, which was good for fourth overall in the Pac-12 and first among non-first basemen. He finished with an impressive .967 fielding percentage on the year. He was named a member of the Pac-12 All-Defensive team as a result of his prowess on that side of the ball.

Williams joins an illustrious list of Sun Devils to represent their country over the years, including Floyd Bannister (1975), Bob Horner (1976), Kevin Romine (1981), Oddibe McDowell (1984), Dustin Pedroia (2002 and 2003) and current MLB players Mike Leake (2008), Deven Marrero (2011) and Trevor Williams (2012). 

He will join up with sophomore teammate Spencer Torkelson on the Team USA roster this season, with Torkelson being named to the squad earlier this season. This will mark the first time a pair of teammates have been a part of the Collegiate National Team since Deven Marrero and Brady Rodgers paired up in 2011. 

In total, 35 Sun Devils have been selected a total 39 times to represent the United States with Torkelson and Williams' additions this summer. Only USC and Stanford have more all-time selections than ASU.

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NW Futures 2022 Scout Team Defeats Adidas Baseball National Team, 7-3

NW goes undefeated in pool play action with the victory
June 25, 2019
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ABNT 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 3 5 3
NWF 0 0 1 2 3 1 x 7 7 3
Win: Z. Hauser Loss: A. Johnson Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play
 

PEORIA, Ariz - NW Futures 2022 Scout Team finished pool play in the 15U portion of the National Team Championships in Arizona with a 7-3 victory over Adidas Baseball National Team Tuesday in Peoria, Arizona. 

Adidas struck first in the second inning when an error helped Cade Climie score. He reached base with a line drive double to third. In the bottom of the third, Camden Christenson tied the game for NW Futures with a single on a 1-0 count to push Cole Hubka across. 

NW Futures pulled away in the next inning when Josh Baldwin doubled and Joe Ritz singled to score Matthew Sauve and Baldwin, respectively. NW Futures solidified the win with three runs tallied in the fifth. The rally was led by a sac fly by Uurlandt and a double by Suave. 

Adidas made a run in the sixth, putting two runs on the board. A single by Wilson Woodcox scored Climie and Justin Vossos before NW brought the inning to a close with a 6-4-3 double play. 

Adam Johnson took the loss for Adidas. He lasted two and two-thirds innings, allowing one hit and no runs while striking out two.

Zach Hauser was the winning pitcher for NW Futures. He went three and two-thirds innings, allowing one run on two hits, striking out one and walking one. Hockert and Nicholas Holm entered the game out of the bullpen and helped to close out the game in relief. 

NW Futures went undefeated in pool play and awaits seeding for bracket action that begins Thursday, June 27. Adidas (3-1) will also wait for seeding to determine if the team qualified for bracket play. 

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Peck, Baumeister Named Final Player, Pitcher of the Day for 16U

June 25, 2019

Jupiter, Fla. - Second baseman Owen Peck of Dallas Tigers 2022 - Polk has been named the Player of the Day for the final day of the 16U tournament at the National Team Championships in Florida. During the semifinal game against FTB55 2021, Peck went 3-for-3, with a double, three runs, two walks and two stolen bases to help his team secure a 10-6 win.

The Pitcher of the Day title goes to 5 Star National Burress's Jackson Baumeister. Baumeister tossed for no runs on one hit and five strikeouts in their four-inning win against Bandito Scout to advance to the championship game.

Honorable Mentions

- DH Aiden Mastantuno (5 Star National Burress): 1-for-2, 3B, BB, R, 2 RBI

- SS Dylan Taylor (5 Star National Burress): 3-for-3, 3B, BB, 2 R, RBI

- C Walker Polk (Dallas Tigers 2022 - Polk): 1-for-3, HR, R, 4 RBI, BB, SB

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5 Star National Burress Wins Gold Medal at 16U National Team Championships in Florida

June 25, 2019
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5STR 0 1 4 1 1 0 0 7 7 1
DLST 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 3 9 0
Win: D. Haines Loss: J. Thomas Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play
 

Jupiter, Fla. - 5 Star National Burress took down undefeated Dallas Tigers 2022 - Polk, 7-3, early Tuesday afternoon to win the 16U gold medal at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium at the National Team Championships in Florida.

5 Star struck first in the game, putting one run on the board in the top of the second inning. A leadoff walk, single and fielder's choice loaded the bases for 5 Star and a sacrifice fly from Wyatt Campbell (0-for-2) brought Ethan Campbell (0-for-1) in to score.

Dallas Tigers responded in the bottom of the inning to tie the game at one, with Trenton Shaw (1-for-4) scoring off a wild pitch after moving to third thanks to a pair of walks and a sacrifice bunt.

The third inning brought four runs home for 5 Star to take a 5-1 lead. A leadoff double from Coleman Rowan (2-for-3) put him in scoring position and single from Devin Obee (1-for-3) allowed Rowan to score the first of the four. Next up, Aiden Mastantuno (1-for-2) hit a triple to right field and brought Dylan Taylor (1-for-3) and Obee in. Mastantuno scored off a sacrifice fly from Ethan Campbell.

The top of the fourth and fifth innings brought a run each for 5 Star. Branson Owens (0-for-2) scored on a single from Rowan in the fourth inning after drawing a walk and Tyler Christmas (0-for-1) added a run to take a 7-1 lead on a single from Treyson Hughes (2-for-3) in the fifth.

Dallas Tigers had two more runs of their own in the fifth and sixth innings. A pair of singles and an error allowed Owen Peck (1-for-3) to score in the bottom of the fifth inning after he reached on a single to second base. Peck came home again in the sixth, drawing a two-out walk and scoring off a triple from Tyler Collins (2-for-4) to right field.

Dillion Haines (1-0) secured the championship win for 5 Star National Burress with two runs on seven hits and one strikeout during five of the seven innings. The loss for Dallas Tigers 2022 - Polk went to Jared Thomas (0-1), who threw for five runs on four hits and struck out two batters in 2.1 innings on the mound.

5 Star National Burress ended the National Team Championships in Florida with an 8-1 record overall and Dallas Tigers 2022 - Polk took home a 7-1 record with their silver medals.

The bronze medal game between FTB55 2021 and Bandito Scout ended in forfeit by FTB55 and Bandito Scout being named the bronze medal winners.

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