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Japan Tops USA with Late-Inning Rally

July 16, 2017
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Win: Daiki Sakamoto Loss: Sean Wymer
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LOWELL, Mass. - Andrew Vaughn drove in a run and scored once, while Grant Koch collected two hits as the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team fell to Japan, 5-4, on Saturday in the third game of the 41st USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Star Series from LeLacheur Park. The U.S. now trails the best-of-five series, 2-1.

With the U.S. leading 4-2 in the bottom of the eighth inning, Japan would score three runs to take a one-run advantage heading into the final inning. Taishi Kusumoto tied the game with a two-run triple to right field, then Japan scored the go-ahead run on a Ryosuke Tatsumi sacrifice fly to right field.

Japan scored a run in the bottom of the first inning to start the game but the U.S. responded with a run in the top of second inning when Cadyn Grenier hit a line drive over the left fielder's head for a double to bring in Koch who led off the inning with a walk.

After allowing a run in the bottom of the second inning, The United States grabbed its first lead of the game in the top of the third with a pair of runs to make the score 3-2. Vaughn hit a single to center field to score Nick Madrigal, who led off the frame with a double, and later scored on a sacrifice fly to right field off the bat of Braden Shewmake.

The United States pushed its lead to 4-2 in the top of the fourth inning as Steele Walker ripped a double to straight-away center field to plate Travis Swaggerty.

Starting pitcher Konnor Pilkington tossed 4.0 innings allowing two runs, one earned, on three hits with four strikeouts. Sean Wymer suffered the loss allowing three runs on three hits in 4.0 innings with four strikeouts. Pilkington and Wymer combined to retire 14-straight batters from the second inning into the sixth inning.

The U.S. team ended the game with four runs on six hits with one error, while Japan finished with five runs on six hits and two errors.

The United States will play game four of the 41st USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Star Series on Sunday at 5:05 p.m. from Hanover Insurance Park at Fitton Field in Worcester, Massachusetts.

The series against Japan is sanctioned by the World Baseball Softball Confederation.

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Andre Pallante Selected to the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team

May 19, 2018

DURHAM, N.C. --- Andre Pallante has been selected to the 2018 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team and will join the squad this summer in three international friendship series across the U.S.

The sophomore is ascended in 2018 to the ace of the UC Irvine staff while becoming one of the best pitchers in the Big West Conference and making marks among the nation's best.

After leading the club in 2017 with six wins, he's built upon that with an 8-1 mark as the Friday starter tying himself for the conference lead, and has been backed by conference bests in ERA at 1.32 and strikeouts with 103.

His 1.32 ERA currently ranks seventh in the nation, and he is on pace to set an Anteater single-season record. In his 13 starts this season, he's registered a quality start in 12 of them while holding opponents' batting average under .200 for most of the year.

He recently earned his 150th career strikeout, and hit 100 strikeouts for the season in his last start, just the 14th occurrence in program history. He has put up 10 strikeouts in a game three times already this season including a career high 12 punchouts against Gonzaga where he allowed one hit over 12 innings in a shutout.

Pallante marks the second straight Anteater to join the squad following in the footsteps of Keston Hiura last summer where he hit .289 with three home runs including the game-winner to clinch team USA's first series win against the Cuban National Team in Cuba.

The 2018 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team
The USA Baseball Collegiate National Team will participate in three international friendship series in 2018, beginning with the 18th USA vs. Chinese Taipei International Friendship Series that will be held in North Carolina from June 28 - July 2. The U.S. will then compete in the 42nd USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Star Series from July 3-9 in Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina; and the 7th Annual USA vs. Cuba International Friendship Series in Cuba from July 13-18. Seven Collegiate National Team games will be streamed live on USABaseball.com, as well as Facebook Live and YouTube. For more information on USA Baseball and the Collegiate National Team, follow @USABaseball on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter; and @USABaseballCNT on Twitter.

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Brnovich Named to 2018 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team

May 17, 2018

ELON, N.C. - Elon University sophomore right-handed pitcher Kyle Brnovich has accepted an invitation to join the 24-man USA Baseball Collegiate National Team roster this summer.

"This is a huge honor and I'm very excited to represent the United States this summer," said Brnovich. "I'm very thankful for the opportunity and I am looking forward to playing the game I love for my country."

The 2017 Colonial Athletic Association Rookie of the Year, Brnovich ranks second nationally with 132 strikeouts this season. That number is an Elon single-season record and ranks 10th on the CAA's single-season chart. The resident of Milton, Ga., also ranks among the national leaders with a 1.83 ERA (26th), 4.79 hits allowed per nine innings (fourth), 13.45 strikeouts per nine innings (sixth) and a 0.91 WHIP (20th). Brnovich is 7-2 on the year and has held opponents to a .156 batting average over 88.1 innings of work.

Brnovich has made 13 starts this season and has struck out 10 or more eight times. He has twice fanned a season-best 14 hitters and has thrown one complete game. He is on the watch list for both the Golden Spikes Award and the College Baseball Foundation's Pitcher of the Year Award.

Over his two seasons at Elon, Brnovich has gone 13-7 with a 2.47 ERA. His 235 career strikeouts rank fifth in program history.

"I am so excited and thrilled for Kyle," said Elon head coach Mike Kennedy who served as the pitching coach for the Collegiate National Team in 2009. "Very few get the chance to represent their country. To be a part of USA Baseball and the Collegiate National Team is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that I know he will take full advantage of. Kyle has had an awesome spring and I know he will work very hard to duplicate that with Team USA. USA Baseball is getting a great one!"

Brnovich will be the first Elon baseball player to don the Stars and Stripes.

Brnovich will have the opportunity to play alongside some of the top collegiate players in the country and for a top-notch coaching staff. The head coach of the 2018 team is LSU's Paul Mainieri. East Carolina head coach Cliff Godwin will serve as an assistant, while Virginia head coach Brian O'Connor will be the team's pitching coach. Serving as the team's bench coach will be Jim Hendry of the New York Yankees. Jorge Perez of St. Thomas will also serve as an assistant coach.

The USA Baseball Collegiate National Team will participate in three international friendship series in 2018, beginning with the 18th USA vs. Chinese Taipei International Friendship Series that will be held in North Carolina from June 28-July 2. The U.S. will then compete in the 42nd USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Star Series from July 3-9 with games being held in North Carolina, Georgia and South Carolina. Finally, the team will participate in the 7th Annual USA vs. Cuba International Friendship Series in Cuba from July 13-18. Seven Collegiate National Team games will be streamed live on USABaseball.com, as well as Facebook Live and YouTube.

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Jung Invited To USA Baseball Collegiate National Team Camp

May 15, 2018

LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech baseball's Josh Jung has been invited to play for USA Baseball's 2018 Collegiate National Team this summer, it was announced today.

The sophomore infielder is the ninth Red Raider to earn an invitation from USA Baseball and marks back-to-back years the Red Raiders have had a student-athlete play for the squad. Last summer, left-handed pitcher Steven Gingery pitched for the collegiate national team.

In 1997, catcher Josh Bard and RHP Monty Ward played for the team, while Larry Hays served as assistant coach. The next year, Bard joined RHP Shane Weight on the squad, as outfielder Miles Durham was also selected for the team. Outfielder Roger Kieschnick was named to the summer squad in 2006 & 2007, while RHP Chad Bettis pitched for the stars & stripes in 2009.

Jung has started all 50 games this season for the Red Raiders at third base and leads the team in several offensive categories. He paces the squad in hits (80), RBI (69) and runs (57), while putting together a team-leading 27 multi-hit & 20 multi-RBI performances at the plate in 2018.

He also leads the Big 12 in batting average, hits, RBI, runs, total bases and on-base percentage heading into the final weekend of the regular season, helping Tech lead the conference in average. Jung has been named Big 12 Player of the Week twice and earned NCBWA Co-Hitter of the Week honors after hitting for the cycle on April 17 at New Mexico.

The 2018 Collegiate National Team will train at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina, and compete against teams in the Coastal Plain League from June 26-27, before hosting the 18th USA vs. Chinese Taipei International Friendship Series from June 28-July 2. All seven of these games will be streamed live on USABaseball.com and Facebook Live. The team will then host the 42nd USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Star Series from July 3-9.

Jung and the Red Raiders return to action for their final series of the regular season on May 17-19, traveling to Stillwater to take on No. 14 Oklahoma State at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.

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Matt Wallner Named to 2018 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team

May 10, 2018

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Southern Miss sophomore outfielder/pitcher Matt Wallner (Forest Lake, Minn.) has accepted an invitation to join the 24-man USA Baseball Collegiate National Team roster this summer.

"It is an absolute honor to represent my country and play alongside the best amateur players in the world," said Wallner. "None of this would be possible without the help of so many individuals including my parents, coaches and teammates along the way."

The reigning national Freshman of the Year by Baseball America, D1Baseball.com and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, earned a trip to the team's training camp last summer following his freshman campaign that saw him collect a .336 average with 19 home runs and 63 RBI. His homer total ranked No. 1 among freshman a year ago, while his RBI number ranked second.

The 2018 Conference USA Preseason Player of the Year holds a .355 batting average with 10 doubles, 11 home runs and 49 runs batted in to go along with a .609 slugging percentage and a .484 on-base percentage. He is one of three players to start in all 47 games for the program that has been ranked all season in the Top 25 and currently holds a 35-12 record. His average, home run and RBI totals each rank second on the club this season.

Of his 11 home runs, three have been grand slams of which he totaled those in a six-game period. In addition, he has made just one error in the outfield in 91 attempts. As a pitcher, Wallner is 1-0 with five saves over eight appearances with a 4.00 earned run average. He has fanned nine in nine innings of work.

Wallner is the second Southern Miss baseball player asked to play for his country as Tony Phillips played on the 1991 Collegiate National Team that participated in the Pan American Games in Cuba that summer.

The USA Baseball Collegiate National Team will participate in three international friendship series in 2018, beginning with the 18th USA vs. Chinese Taipei International Friendship Series that will be held in North Carolina from June 28 - July 2. The U.S. will then compete in the 42nd USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Star Series from July 3-9 in Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina; and the 7th Annual USA vs. Cuba International Friendship Series in Cuba from July 13-18. Seven Collegiate National Team games will be streamed live on USABaseball.com, as well as Facebook Live and YouTube.

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Spencer Torkelson Named to USA Baseball Collegiate National Team

April 27, 2018

TEMPE -- Spencer Torkelson has been selected as the 39th Sun Devil to represent the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team and will join the 2018 edition of Team USA in three international friendship series this summer.

The freshman has taken the nation by storm with his long-ball prowess, currently leading the NCAA with 20 home runs this season - 10 more than any other freshman in the country. The total is the most by a Sun Devil since Brett Wallace his 22 in 2008 and Torkelson easily broke Barry Bonds' ASU freshman record of 11 earlier this season.

"It is a great honor to represent both the United States and Arizona State University," Torkelson said. "I hope to go into this summer and make our fans proud and gain a valuable experience with some of the top players and coaches in the country."

He is just the fourth freshman in Pac-12 history to reach 20 home runs and needs just one to tie the Pac-12 freshman record, currently held by USC's Jeff Clement (2003) and Gonzaga's Jeff Hainline (1984).

Since the introduction of BBCOR batting technology in 2011, Torkelson is just the second freshman in the NCAA to hit 20 home runs in a season and only the 37th player overall.

Torkelson still has his sights set on the NCAA freshman record of 26 home runs, posted by Georgia Southern's Todd Greene in 1990. The Sun Devil school record is 27, set by Mitch Jones in 2000.

The freshman has a .331 average this season, with 29 of his 49 hits this season going for extra bases as he has slugged .797 on the year - good for 5th nationally. He is fifth in the Pac-12 with 41 RBIs, surpassing the team leader for the entirety of last season. He is on pace to become the first Sun Devil to reach 50 RBIs since Abe Ruiz had 53 in 2012.

Torkelson's .440 on-base percentage is 10th in the Pac-12 this season and his 118 total bases are second in the league and fifth nationally this season.

Torkelson 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).

Torkelson is the first Sun Devil to be named to the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team since Ryan Burr was selected in 2013 and 2014. In total, 36 Sun Devils have been selected a total 39 times to represent the United States with Torkelson's addition this summer. Only USC (70) and Stanford (51) have more all-time selections than ASU among all teams in the NCAA.

The 2018 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team
The USA Baseball Collegiate National Team will participate in three international friendship series in 2018, beginning with the 18th USA vs. Chinese Taipei International Friendship Series that will be held in North Carolina from June 28 - July 2. The U.S. will then compete in the 42nd USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Star Series from July 3-9 in Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina; and the 7th Annual USA vs. Cuba International Friendship Series in Cuba from July 13-18. Seven Collegiate National Team games will be streamed live on USABaseball.com, as well as Facebook Live and YouTube. For more information on USA Baseball and the Collegiate National Team, follow @USABaseball on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter; and @USABaseballCNT on Twitter.

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USA Baseball Selects Bryson Stott For Summer Tour

April 25, 2018

LAS VEGAS - UNLV baseball's Bryson Stott was selected by USA Baseball to represent the Red, White & Blue on the 2018 Collegiate National Team this summer. Stott will participate in three international friendship series in June and July in North Carolina, Georgia and South Carolina as well as Cuba.

Stott joins former Rebels Erick Fedde (2013), Ryan Ludwick (1998) and Matt Williams (1985) to play for the USA Baseball CNT, while Mel Stottlemyre Jr. was a member of the 1984 Olympic Team.

The 2016 Desert Oasis High School graduate has started all 43 games at shortstop as UNLV's lead-off hitter this season. He has reached base safely in 41 contests, with hits in 37 outings and walk/hit-by-pitch in four more. He's amassed 28 multiple-hit games, 10 of which have been three-hit affairs and 18 that resulted in two hits.

Stott recently had a career- and season-best 18-game hitting streak come to an end. During this stretch, he hit .424 (36-for-85) with 12 multiple-hit games, which helped produce 18 runs and 14 RBI.

"What a great honor for Bryson, his family, the team, the conference, the University and the whole Las Vegas community," said Rebel head coach Stan Stolte. "It is well deserved, and I have no doubt he will represent all the above to the highest degree. As we continue to push forward recruiting, we hope this is just the start of getting these types of players on and off the field to this great University and community."

Stott entered the week ranked in the top 100 of 11 different NCAA statistics, and in the top 10 of six of those. He is first overall in the nation in hits (75) and doubles (23). He sits third in doubles per game (0.53), fifth in hits per game (1.74), seventh in runs (49) and ninth in total bases (114).

Stott's 23 doubles are one shy of the third most in a UNLV single season. His next two-base hit will tie him with Rebel alum Kevin Eberwein (1998) for third.

"It's an honor to play for our country, being able to represent the flag and the University in such a way is a dream come true," said Stott.

Earlier this season, he garnered Mountain West Player of the Week honors and was also tabbed to Perfect Game/Rawlings College Baseball All-American Midseason Second Team. He was also chosen to the Preseason All-MW Team by the conference's seven head coaches and was a Perfect Game Preseason All-MW Team representative.

The local product earned 2017 Mountain West Co-Freshman of the Year honors and was tabbed to Collegiate Baseball Newspaper's All-American Team. He was chosen to the Preseason All-MW Team by the conference's seven head coaches.

The CNT will begin competition with the 18th USA vs. Chinese Taipei International Friendship Series in North Carolina from June 28 to July 2. The team will stay in the South with more games in North Carolina as well as Georgia and South Carolina at the 42nd USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Star Series from July 3-9. The team will conclude its summer slate at the 7th Annual USA vs. Cuba International Friendship Series in Cuba from July 13-18. Seven games will be streamed live on USABaseball.com, Facebook Live and YouTube. For more information on USA Baseball and the CNT, follow @USABaseball on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter; and @USABaseballCNT on Twitter.

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Vaughn Named to USA Baseball Collegiate National Team

April 12, 2018

BERKELEY - For the second summer in a row, Cal infielder Andrew Vaughn will don his country's colors in international competition as the reigning Pac-12 Freshman of the Year has been selected to play for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team.

After completing his freshman season in 2017, Vaughn was invited to try out for the Collegiate National Team. Not only did he make the team, he established himself as a regular for a squad that hosted series against Japan, Chinese Taipei and Cuba. Against Japan, he drove in the go-ahead run to help Team USA clinch the series win and was named series MVP after hitting .333 with two doubles and two RBIs.

Vaughn's work over the summer paved the way for the Santa Rosa, Calif. native to post even more impressive numbers over the first half of his sophomore season. Entering Cal's series against Washington State, he leads the nation in on-base percentage (.586), ranks second in home runs (15) and slugging percentage (.952) and checks in third in batting average (.442). He has earned Pac-12 Player of the Week honors twice and has helped Cal to a 19-11 overall record.

That strong first half of the season also earned Vaughn a spot on the Golden Spikes Award midseason watch list that was announced earlier in the week. He is one of 40 players still in the running for the title of top amateur baseball player in the country and semifinalists for the award will be announced on May 21.

The USA Baseball Collegiate National Team will participate in three international friendship series in 2018, beginning with the 18th USA vs. Chinese Taipei International Friendship Series that will be held in North Carolina from June 28 - July 2. The U.S. will then compete in the 42nd USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Star Series from July 3-9 in Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina; and the 7th Annual USA vs. Cuba International Friendship Series in Cuba from July 13-18. Seven Collegiate National Team games will be streamed live on USABaseball.com, as well as Facebook Live and YouTube. For more information on USA Baseball and the Collegiate National Team, follow @USABaseball on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter; and @USABaseballCNT on Twitter.

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Adley Rutschman to Play for Team USA

April 12, 2018

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State sophomore catcher/infielder Adley Rutschman has accepted an invitation to compete for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team.

"I am extremely humbled that I was even considered to be selected to play for Team USA," Rutschman said. "It has always been a dream of mine to be able to represent my country."

A native of Sherwood, Ore., he will join a long list of Oregon State players who have donned the red, white and blue, with Nick Madrigal and Cadyn Grenier most recently last season. He will be the 14th different Beaver to play for Team USA since 2005.

The Beavers have had at least one player compete for the Collegiate National Team every year since 2010.

Rutschman leads Oregon State with a .383 batting average, is second with 31 runs batted in and tied for second with 10 doubles. He's also tallied two triples and three home runs, and had 19 walks to 16 strikeouts in 29 games while manning both catcher and first base.

About The Collegiate National Team
The USA Baseball Collegiate National Team will participate in three international friendship series in 2018, beginning with the 18th USA vs. Chinese Taipei International Friendship Series that will be held in North Carolina from June 28 - July 2. The U.S. will then compete in the 42nd USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Star Series from July 3-9 in Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina; and the 7th Annual USA vs. Cuba International Friendship Series in Cuba from July 13-18. Seven Collegiate National Team games will be streamed live on USABaseball.com, as well as Facebook Live and YouTube. For more information on USA Baseball and the Collegiate National Team, follow @USABaseball on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter; and @USABaseballCNT on Twitter.

The Beavers And Team USA
The following is a list of Beavers who have played for Team USA:

Brian Barden (2008 Olympic Team; 2010 Pan Am Qualifying Team)
Darwin Barney (2006 Collegiate National Team)
Matt Boyd (2011 Collegiate National Team)
Dan Child (2012 Collegiate National Team)
Michael Conforto (2012 and 2013 Collegiate National Team)
Cadyn Grenier (2017 Collegiate National Team)
Kevin Gunderson (2005 Collegiate National Team)
KJ Harrison (2015 and 2016 Collegiate National Team)
Nick Madrigal (2017 Collegiate National Team)
Andrew Moore (2014 Collegiate National Team)
Jonah Nickerson (2005 Collegiate National Team)
Drew Rasmussen (2015 Collegiate National Team)
Kevin Rhoderick (2008 Collegiate National Team

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Shewmake Earns National Team Invitation

April 12, 2018

COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Texas A&M shortstop Braden Shewmake was selected to play for the 2018 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team, it was announced Thursday. It marks a return invite for Shewmake who played 17 games for the Red, White & Blue in 2017.

After last season's College World Series run, Shewmake played 17 games for Team USA, hitting .209 (9-for-43) with five runs, two doubles, one triple, six RBI and two stolen bases.

The USA Baseball Collegiate National Team is slated to play in three international friendship series. The first of the trip is the 18th USA vs. Chinese Taipei International Series booked for June 28-July 2 in North Carolina. The U.S. will next play the 42nd USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Star Series from July 3-9 in Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. The campaign wraps up with the 7th Annual USA vs. Cuba International Friendship Series in Cuba from July 13-18.

The list of recent Aggies to play for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team include Nick Banks, Ryan Hendrix, Daniel Mengden, A.J. Minter, Tyler Naquin and Michael Wacha. Shewmake is the first to play on the team in back-to-back summers since Nick Banks in 2014 and 2015.

This season, Shewmake is batting .311 (42-for-135) with four doubles, four triples, three home runs, 31 RBI and nine stolen bases. He was well represented on the Preseason All-America teams. The Aggie sophomore was named All-America First Team as a shortstop by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. He was also tabbed All-America Second Team as a second baseman by D1Baseball.com, Collegiate Baseball and Perfect Game.

In 2015, Nick Banks and Ryan Hendrix represented Texas A&M on the USA College National Team. That year, Banks batted .386 with three doubles, one home run and 11 RBI in 17 games and Hendrix combined on the first-ever no-hitter of the Cuban National Team. In 2014, Banks batted .241 with two doubles, two home runs and 13 RBI and Minter pitched 12.1 innings without allowing an earned run. In 2013, Daniel Mengden posted a 1-0 record with a 1.35 ERA and 11 strikeouts in 13.1 innings. In 2011, Tyler Naquin batted .321 in 12 games, logging four doubles, one triple, two home runs and 10 RBI and Wacha went 1-0 with a 0.79 ERA and 12 strikeouts in 11.1 innings.

Seven Collegiate National Team games will be streamed live on USABaseball.com, as well as Facebook Live and YouTube. For more information on USA Baseball and the Collegiate National Team, follow @USABaseball on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter; and @USABaseballCNT on Twitter.

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Baylor Baseball's Shea Langeliers Chosen to USA Baseball National Team

April 12, 2018

WACO, Texas - Baylor baseball sophomore catcher Shea Langeliers has accepted an invitation to play on the 2018 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team.

Langeliers is the first Baylor player to earn the privilege since Kendal Volz in 2008. Overall, the Keller, Texas, native is the eighth different BU player and ninth selection to represent the U.S. He joins Pat Combs (1988), Jason Jennings (1997-98), Bryan Loeb (1998), Jon Topolski (1998), Zane Carlson (2000), Michael Griffin (2003) and Volz among Bears to play for Team USA.

Langeliers already gathered several preseason honors as he adds to his list of 2018 accolades. He is on the Johnny Bench Award and Golden Spikes Award watch lists, in addition to receiving preseason All-America honors from D1Baseball.com (first team), Baseball America (second team), Perfect Game/Rawlings (second team) and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) (third team). The quartet of preseason All-America accolades mark the first BU player to earn three or more in a single preseason since at least 1998. The program also has back-to-back years with preseason All-Americans (Troy Montemayor in 2017 and 2018) for the first time since 2004 and 2005.

One of three from the Big 12 on the list, Langeliers was the first freshman in Baylor baseball history last season to earn Freshman All-America honors from three or more different publications as he was honored by Baseball America, the NCBWA, Collegiate Baseball, D1Baseball.com and Perfect Game/Rawlings.

Langeliers was named to the 2017 All-Big 12 second team and Big 12 All-Freshman team as well. During the 2017 season, he hit .313 with 43 runs, 66 hits, 14 doubles, two triples, 10 home runs, 38 RBI, 114 total bases and 24 walks. He also threw out 26 base stealers at a 44 percent rate with a .991 fielding percentage in 55 starts. He set the BU freshman catcher home run record and was one shy of tying the program's all-time freshman home run record (Max Muncy, 11, 2010).

Through 31 games this season, Langeliers has 23 runs, 27 hits, eight doubles, one triple, seven home runs, 17 walks, two steals and 23 RBI. Behind the plate, he has thrown out 10 of 18 base stealers.

The USA Baseball Collegiate National Team will participate in three international friendship series in 2018, beginning with the 18th USA vs. Chinese Taipei International Friendship Series that will be held in North Carolina from June 28 - July 2. The U.S. will then compete in the 42nd USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Star Series from July 3-9 in Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina; and the 7th Annual USA vs. Cuba International Friendship Series in Cuba from July 13-18.

Seven Collegiate National Team games will be streamed live on USABaseball.com, as well as Facebook Live and YouTube. For more information on USA Baseball and the Collegiate National Team, follow @USABaseball on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter; and @USABaseballCNT on Twitter.

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