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Stars and Stripes Drop Weather-Shortened Game Against Canada

August 12, 2017
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Canada 1 1 2 4 1 3 12 14 3
Stars and Stripes 1 0 0 4 0 0 5 8 0
Win: Anna-Sophie Lavallee Loss: Denver Bryant | Box Score | Play-by-Play

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Samantha Cobb went 2-for-4 and Brynn Baca went 1-for-2 with a run scored and three RBI as the Stars and Stripes dropped Friday's 2017 USA Baseball Women's National Team Development Program (NTDP) game against Canada by a score of 12-5 after it was called due to lightning in the seventh inning at the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy in Washington, D.C.

Canada jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first but the Stars and Stripes were quick to answer as Amanda Gianelloni scored on Michelle Cobb's fielder's choice to tie it 1-1 in the bottom half.

After Canada broke the tie, putting up runs in the second, third and fourth innings to take a 8-1 lead, the Stars and Stripes pushed four across the plate to pull within three in the bottom of the fourth.

They strung together two singles and a walk to load the bases with no outs for Brynn Baca, who laced a triple down the right field line to clear the bases and then followed that by scoring on a wild pitch to cut Canada's lead to 8-5.

There wasn't enough time to complete the comeback for the Stars and Stripes though as Canada added four more runs in the fifth and sixth innings and lightning caused the game to be called after the sixth inning.

The Stars and Stripes finished the game with five runs on eight hits while Canada had 14 hits, 12 runs and three errors.

The 2017 Women's NTDP is sanctioned by the World Baseball Softball Confederation.

 

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USA Baseball Announces 2018 Womens National Team Roster

June 18, 2018

DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball announced the final 20-woman roster for the 2018 Women's National Team on Monday, following the completion of a week-long identification process in Cary, North Carolina, that included the Women's National Open and Women's National Team Trials.

The Women's National Team will compete in the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Women's Baseball World Cup in Viera, Florida, from August 22-31. 2018 marks the first time the event will be held in the United States.

Team USA is a two-time world champion, having claimed back-to-back titles in 2004 and 2006, and will look to add a third World Cup gold medal in 2018. The team will play a series of exhibition games in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, from August 16-20 before starting World Cup play.

"This year's selection was very difficult. All the players we saw through the Women's National Open and trials were incredible, but we feel good about the 20 women chosen for the 2018 team," 2018 Manager, Matt Weagle, said. "These athletes have the talent and the character to represent the U.S. well both on and off the field and we are excited to get to work with them on bringing a gold medal home on our soil."

In total, 14 USA Baseball Women's National Team alumni return to the roster, including 11 members of the squad that claimed gold at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games.

Tamara Holmes (Albany, Calif.), Meggie Meidlinger (Sterling, Va.), Marti Sementelli (Newton, Mass.) and Malaika Underwood (San Diego, Calif.) were all also members of the most recent world champion Women's National Team in 2006.

With the 2018 Women's National Team, Underwood has broken her own record for most appearances on USA Baseball national teams as this marks her ninth time suiting up for the red, white and blue. She has appeared on every Women's National Team since 2006. Chicago Cubs outfielder Albert Almora Jr. (7) and Houston Astros Manager, A.J. Hinch (6), hold the next closest marks.

In addition to national team alumni, six athletes will make their debut on a USA Baseball national team in 2018, including Emily Tsujikawa (Redmond, Wash.), who participated in the 2017 Women's National Team Development Program, and former collegiate and professional baseball player Ila Borders (Los Angeles, Calif.).

Matt Weagle, who is in his fifth year coaching the Women's National Team, is making his managerial debut this year after serving as the team's pitching coach in 2014, 2015 and 2016. He was also the field coordinator for the Women's National Team Development Program in 2017.

Veronica Alvarez (pitching coach), who represented Team USA five times as a player, Cody Kauffman (assistant coach) and Ernie May (assistant coach) round out the 2018 staff. All three are making their national team coaching debuts in 2018.

Continue to follow @USABaseballWNT on Twitter and visit USABaseball.com for the most up-to-date news about the Women's National Team.

2018 Women's National Team Roster:
Name; Position; Hometown

Ila Borders; LHP; Los Angeles, Calif.
Samantha Cobb; OF/RHP; Garland, Texas
Michelle Cobb; IF/RHP; Wenatchee, Wash.
Shelby Estocado; OF/IF; Las Vegas, Nev.
Amanda Gianelloni; IF; Napoleonville, La.
Brittany Gomez; OF; New Braunfels, Texas
Jade Gortarez; IF/RHP; Riverside, Calif.
AJ Hamilton; C/OF; Tallahassee, Fla.
Tamara Holmes; OF; Albany, Calif.
Alex Hugo; IF/OF; Olathe, Kan.
Anna Kimbrell; C; Fort Mill, S.C.
Kylee Lahners; IF; Laguna Hills, Calif.
Ashton Lansdell; IF/RHP; Marietta, Ga.
Meggie Meidlinger; RHP; Sterling, Va.
Stacy Piagno; RHP; St. Augustine, Fla.
Brittany Schutte; RHP/IF; Gainesville, Fla.
Marti Sementelli; RHP; Newton, Mass.
Emily Tsujikawa; RHP/IF; Redmond, Wash.
Malaika Underwood; IF; San Diego, Calif.
Kelsie Whitmore; OF/RHP; Temecula, Calif.

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Stripes Claim Trials Series Win

June 14, 2018
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Stars 2 0 1 3 1 0 0 7 11 0
Stripes 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 8 3
Win: L. Collins Loss: I. Borders Save: A. Lansdell
Box Score | Stars Cume | Stripes Cume
 

CARY, N.C. - Behind strong performances from Malaika Underwood (San Diego, Calif.) and AJ Hamilton (Tallahassee, Fla.), the Stripes clinched the Women's National Team Trials series with a 7-4 victory over the Stars at the USA Baseball National Training Complex on Thursday.

Underwood went 2-for-4 with two runs scored, while Hamilton went 2-for-3 with a double and a RBI in the win for the Stripes.

Both teams got out to a quick start in game three, each pushing runs across in the first inning. Underwood, who went 2-for-4 with two runs scored in the game, and Hamilton, who finished 2-for-3 with a double and a RBI, got the scoring started for the Stripes when Hamilton doubled in Underwood.

But the Stars answered immediately to tie it up and a take a lead of their own in the bottom half. The squad strung together a single, a double and a walk to load the bases for Anna Kimbrell who delivered a 2-RBI knock to make it a 2-2 game. A double from Brittany Schutte and a Kylee Lahners RBI groundout plated two more to give the Stars an early 4-2 lead.

The Stripes cut the deficit to one in the third inning before striking the big blow in the fourth when they scored three more. A Stars error allowed the first Stripes run of the inning to score and Ashton Lansdell followed with a 2-RBI single up the middle that gave the team a 6-4 advantage. The team would then add one more in the fifth for the final 7-4 score.

Despite their fast start, the Stars couldn't get anything going after the first inning against the Stripes pitching staff. Laura Collins, Thea Hanscom, Meggie Meidlinger and Ashton Lansdell combined to allow just three hits and one walk through the final five innings.

Shelby Estocado and Kelsie Whitmore's two hits apiece along with Kimbrell's two RBI led the way offensively for the Stars.

With the conclusion of trials, the final 20-woman roster for the 2018 Women's National Team will be announced on Monday, June 18.

"My years with the Women's National Team have given me the opportunity to watch the progression and growth of this program, and the talent pool we had over the past week has been the best I have seen," 2018 Women's National Team Manager, Matt Weagle, said.

"This year's selection has been very difficult; however, the talent shown over the course of the past week shows that we are in a great position to win gold now and going forward. The future of the Women's National Team is bright."

The final team will reconvene on August 16 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, for training before competing in the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Women's Baseball World Cup from August 22-31. The event, which is being hosted at the USSSA Space Coast Complex in Viera, Fla., is being held in the U.S. for the first time in 2018.

Team USA is a two-time world champion, having claimed gold in 2004 and 2006, and has also won two silver (2012, 2014) and two bronze medals (2008, 2010) in the event.

Continue to follow @USABaseballWNT on Twitter and visit USABaseball.com for the most up-to-date news about the Women's National Team, including the announcement of the final roster.

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Stars Even Trials Series with 10-4 Win

June 14, 2018
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Stars 1 0 0 5 0 0 4 10 11 3
Stripes 0 0 0 1 2 1 0 4 6 4
Win: S. Piagno Loss: M. Sementelli Save: None
Box Score
 

HOLLY SPRINGS, N.C. - In the second game of the 2018 Women's National Team Trials on Wednesday, the Stars claimed a 10-4 victory over the Stripes to even the series at one game apiece.

The Stars offense got started early, opening up the scoring in the top of the first, and the squad never looked back. Jade Gortarez (Riverside, Calif.) recorded the first hit and run of the day when she singled and was driven in by Kelsie Whitmore (Temecula, Calif.) to give the Stars a 1-0 lead.

The offense slowed down in the second and third innings before exploding in the fourth. The Stars took advantage of a two-run Stripes error, a 2-RBI double from Samantha Cobb (Garland, Texas) and a Veronica Gajownik (Oviedo, Fla.) RBI groundout to take a commanding 6-0 lead.

In the very next frame, the Stripes started to rally. Monica Islava-Corella (Tucson, Ariz.) got the team on the board with a RBI groundout before a Stars error and a Michelle Cobb (Wenatchee, Wash.) sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fifth added two more and cut the Stars' lead in half.

Another run in the sixth inning got the Stripes within two but that was as close as they would get. In the top of the seventh, the Stars added four insurance runs on three hits to put the game out of reach and secure the win.

Stacy Piagno (St. Augustine, Fla.) was credited with the win for the Stars after getting the start and allowing just one hit and no runs.

Trials will conclude on Thursday with the final game of the Stars and Stripes series at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina. First pitch will be at 10 a.m. ET.

The final 20-woman Women's National Team roster will be announced on Monday, June 18, following trials. Continue to follow @USABaseballWNT on Twitter and visit USABaseball.com for the most up-to-date news about the Women's National Team.

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Stripes Take Trials Opener 5-3 Over Stars

June 13, 2018
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Stripes 0 0 2 0 3 0 0 5 2 0
Stars 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 3 4 2
Win: D. Benites Loss: S. Kaplan Save: A. Lansdell
Box Score
 

CARY, N.C. - The Stripes claimed the first victory of the 2018 Women's National Team Trials on Tuesday with a 5-3 defeat of the Stars at the USA Baseball National Training Complex. The Stripes now lead the series 1-0.

In a back-and-forth game, the Stars opened the scoring by plating two runs in the bottom of the second. Tamara Holmes (Albany, Calif.) was hit by a pitch and then scored from second on a Shelby Estocado (Las Vegas, Nev.) single before a sacrifice fly from Samantha Cobb (Garland, Texas) gave the team a 2-0 lead.

The Stripes didn't waste any time answering though as they followed with two runs of their own in the top of the third courtesy of a Stars error. But the tie didn't last long.

A leadoff walk to Kelsie Whitmore (Temecula, Calif.) set up the Stars to retake the lead in the bottom of the third. After Whitmore advanced to second on a wild pitch, Jade Gortarez (Riverside, Calif.) laced a double down the left field line to give the Stars a 3-2 advantage.

But the Stripes came storming back in the top of fifth. The squad strung together two walks and a single to load the bases for Malaika Underwood (San Diego, Calif.), who recorded a RBI groundout for the first run of the inning. Another Stars error then allowed two more runs to score to give the Stripes a 5-3 lead, their first of the game.

Thea Hanscom (Hadley, Mass.), Emily Tsujikawa (Redmond, Wash.) and Ashton Lansdell (Marietta, Ga.) finished off the victory for the Stripes by shutting out the Stars hitters for the rest of the game. The trio did not allow a hit and only walked one in the final three innings.

Ila Borders (Los Angeles, Calif.) got the start for the Stars in the game. The southpaw tossed two strong innings, allowing just one hit and no runs while striking out two.

Tuesday's game was the first of three contests between the Stars and Stripes before the final 20-woman Women's National Team roster will be decided.

The next game will take place on Wednesday, June 13, at Ting Park in Holly Springs, N.C. First pitch will be at 5:30 p.m. ET.

Continue to follow @USABaseballWNT on Twitter and visit USABaseball.com for the most up-to-date news about the Women's National Team.

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USA Baseball Announces 2018 Women's National Team Trials Roster

June 10, 2018

CARY, N.C. - USA Baseball announced the 2018 Women's National Team Trials roster on Sunday following the conclusion of the 2018 Women's National Open, the primary identification event for the Women's National Team. The roster is made up of 40 women from 20 different states across the U.S.

The Women's National Team Trials will begin Monday, June 11, and will consist of workouts and a series of three intrasquad games at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina. The final 20-woman roster will be announced on Monday, June 18.

The 2018 Women's National Team will then reconvene in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, from August 16-20 for training before competing in the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Women's Baseball World Cup in Viera, Florida, from August 22-31.

Team USA is a two-time world champion in the event (2004, 2006), and has won two silver medals (2012, 2014) and two bronze medals (2008, 2010) as well.

"The talent at this year's Women's National Open has been some of the best we've ever seen, so narrowing the field down to 40 was a difficult task," Senior Director of Baseball Operations, Ashley Bratcher, said. "But we are very excited to have these 40 players continuing on in the process this week to compete for a spot on this year's Women's National Team.

"Our staff feels this is not only a talented group, but also a group of individuals that would represent our country well both on and off the field."

The trials roster includes five players that have won a gold medal in the International Baseball Federation (IBAF) Women's World Cup. Laura Purser Collins (Norman, Okla.) played on the inaugural squad in 2004, while Tamara Holmes (Sacramento, Calif.), Meggie Meidlinger (Marietta, Ga.), Marti Sementelli (West Newton, Mass.) and Malaika Underwood (Atlantic Beach, Fla.) started their Team USA careers on the 2006 team.

Underwood currently holds the record for most appearances on a USA Baseball national team, having represented the U.S. eight times.

In total, 18 alumni of the Women's National Team will once again compete for a chance to wear the red, white and blue in 2018, including 11 members of the Women's National Team that won gold at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games.

In addition to national team alumni, nine trials invitees have previously participated in USA Baseball events, including past Women's National Team Trials, Women's National Opens, Women's National Team Development Programs (NTDP), Women's National Team Identification Series (NTIS), Trailblazer Series and the USA Baseball National Team Championships.

Nine athletes on the Trials roster are new to the Women's National Team Program in 2018.

Matt Weagle, who is in his fifth year coaching the Women's National Team, is making his managerial debut this year after serving as the team's pitching coach in 2014, 2015 and 2016. He was also the field coordinator for the Women's National Team Development Program in 2017.

Veronica Alvarez (pitching coach), who represented Team USA five times as a player, Cody Kauffman (assistant coach) and Ernie May (assistant coach) round out the 2018 staff. All three are making their national team coaching debuts in 2018.

For more information on the Women's National Team and the selection process, please visit USABaseball.com or follow along on Twitter at @USABaseballWNT and @USABaseball.

2018 USA Baseball Women's National Team Trials Roster:

(Name; Position; State)

^Brynn Baca; C/IF; Round Rock, Texas
*^Megan Baltzell; OF/LHP; Stafford, Va.
Denae Benites; IF/RHP; Las Vegas, Nev.
Ila Borders; LHP; Los Angeles, Calif.
Dakota Christie; RHP/UTL; Harrisburg, N.C.
*^Michelle Cobb; IF; Wenatchee, Wash.
*^Samantha Cobb; OF/RHP; Garland, Texas
*^Laura Collins; RHP; Hollywood, Fla.
^Trinity Curtis; OF/IF; Chatsworth, Calif.
Nadia Diaz; IF/C; Syracuse, N.Y.
Amanda Esquivel; IF/OF; Santa Ana, Calif.
*^Shelby Estocado; OF/IF; Las Vegas, Nev.
*^Veronica Gajownik; IF; Oviedo, Fla.
*^Amanda Gianelloni; IF; Napoleonville, La.
^Maycen Gibbs; C/OF; Folsom, Calif.
*Brittany Gomez; OF; New Braunfels, Texas
*^Jade Gortarez; IF/RHP; Riverside, Calif.
Elizabeth Greenwood; C; Amherst, N.H.
*^AJ Hamilton; C/OF; Tallahassee, Fla.
^Thea Hanscom; RHP/IF; Hadley, Mass.
*^Tamara Holmes; OF/IF; Albany, Calif.
Alexandra Hugo; IF/OF; Olathe, Kan.
Monica Islava-Corella; OF; Tucson, Ariz.
Skylar Kaplan; RHP/UTL; Baltimore, Md.
*^Anna Kimbrell; C; Fort Mill, S.C.
Kylee Lahners; IF/OF; Laguna Hills, Calif.
Ashton Lansdell; IF/RHP; Marietta, Ga.
*^Meggie Meidlinger; RHP; Sterling, Va.
*^Stacy Piagno; RHP; St. Augustine, Fla.
Jacqueline Reynolds; IF/RHP; Woburn, Mass.
Katherine Reynolds; RHP; Belmont, Mass.
Brittany Schutte; RHP/IF; Gainesville, Fla. 
*^Marti Sementelli; RHP; Newton, Mass.
Paige Sneddon; OF; Pittsburgh, Pa.
*Sara Tobias; RHP/OF; New York, N.Y.
^Emily Tsujikawa; RHP; Redmond, Wash.
*^Malaika Underwood; IF; San Diego, Calif.
*^Kelsie Whitmore; OF/RHP; Temecula, Calif.
Raine Wilson; IF/RHP; Mechanicsville, Va.
Brittany Womack; OF; Escondido, Calif.

 *Denotes Women's National Team alum
^Denotes Women's National Team Development Program member

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USA Baseball Women's National Open Begins Friday, June 8

June 8, 2018

USA Baseball invites the local and national media to the 2018 USA Baseball Women's National Open.

The Women's National Open is the primary identification event for the 2018 USA Baseball Women's National Team that will compete in the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Women's Baseball World Cup from August 22-31 in Viera, Florida. From June 8-10, the Women's National Open will feature more than 100 female baseball players from around the country competing for 40 spots on the 2018 Women's National Team Trials roster. On Sunday, June 10, following the completion of the event, USA Baseball will announce the 40-women Trials roster.

  • WHAT: USA Baseball Women's National Open
  • WHEN: June 8 - 10, 2018
  • WHERE: USA Baseball National Training Complex, 200 Brooks Park Lane, Cary, N.C., 27519


The USA Baseball Women's National Team was established in 2004, when an 18-player team was chosen following open tryouts across the nation. The team went on to capture the gold medal in the first-ever IBAF Women's Baseball World Cup in Edmonton, Canada. Team USA repeated as IBAF World Cup gold medalists in 2006 in Taiwan, before taking home the bronze medal at the 2008 World Cup in Japan and again in 2010 in Venezuela. In 2012 and 2014, the Women's National Team won silver medals at the World Cups in Edmonton, Canada, and Miyazaki, Japan, respectively. The 2015 Women's National Team also brought home a gold medal after winning the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games in Ontario, Canada.

Credential Application

Members of the media can apply for a credential by visit the USA Baseball Media Services page on the official website: www.usabaseball.com/about/media-services

World Cup comes to the U.S.

For the first time in its history, the WBSC Women's Baseball World Cup will be played in the United States. The event will be hosted at the USSSA Space Coast Stadium in Viera, Florida, August 22-31.

From Women's National Open to Women's National Team

The Women's National Open is the primary identification vehicle for the 2018 Women's National Team. A three-day event comprised of players from around the country, the Women's National Open consists of games and individual workouts with USA Baseball Women's National Team coaches and staff evaluating and guiding the athletes.

Forty players are selected from the Women's National Open to participate in the Women's National Team Trials. From there, 20 athletes are chosen to represent the United States on the final Women's National Team roster. The Women's National Team Trials roster will be announced on Sunday, June 10, following the completion of the Women's National Open. The final Women's National Team roster will be revealed by USA Baseball on Monday, June 18.

All-time record for USA Baseball national team appearances

Malaika Underwood, who holds the record for most appearances on USA Baseball national teams with eight, is looking to make her ninth Women's National Team through the 2018 Women's National Open. She has won two gold medals, two silver medals and one bronze medal while playing for Team USA.

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Participating Players and Schedule

In total, 112 players representing 29 states are participating in the event.

Twenty alumni of the Women's National Team program are competing in the Women's National Open, including 11 members of the 2015 team that won gold at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games.

For the full schedule, please visit the Women's National Team page on USABaseball.com.

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USA Baseball Announces 2018 Women's National Team Staff

April 20, 2018

DURHAM, N.C. - On Friday, USA Baseball announced the coaching staff for the 2018 Women's National Team that will compete in the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Women's Baseball World Cup from August 22-31 in Viera, Florida. Matt Weagle was named the team's manager and he will be joined on staff by five-time Women's National Team alum Veronica Alvarez, Cody Kauffman and Ernie May.

2018 will be Weagle's fifth year working with the Women's National Team program, including serving as the pitching coach for the team that won gold at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games. Additionally, he was the pitching coach for the 2016 Women's National Team, the 2015 Pan Am Games Qualifier team and the 2014 team that won a silver medal at the WBSC Women's Baseball World Cup in Miyazaki, Japan. Under his direction, teams held a 2.07 and 2.16 ERA in 2014 and 2015, respectively, and a 1.29 ERA in 2016.

"I am very honored to represent the United States and Team USA, and I look forward to fielding a highly competitive team for the World Cup this summer," Weagle said. "That this event is being played in the U.S. is a significant milestone in the evolution of women's baseball in this country and I couldn't be more proud and excited to manage these athletes who have had such a positive impact on this growing sport."

Weagle most recently served as the Field Coordinator for the 2017 Women's National Team Development Program (NTDP) that was held at the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy in Washington, D.C. In addition, he has served on numerous other Women's NTDP, Women's National Open and Women's National Team Trials staffs over his career with USA Baseball. Currently in his fifth season as the pitching coach at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Weagle pitched at Franklin Pierce University from 2000-2003 before being drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the sixth round of the 2003 MLB Amateur Draft.

"We could not be more excited to not only have this prestigious event on our home soil for the first time, but also to have Matt Weagle and this group of incredibly talented coaches leading the 2018 Women's National Team," USA Baseball Executive Director and CEO, Paul Seiler, said. "The experience and knowledge Matt brings to this program is unmatched and we cannot wait to watch as this staff leads the 2018 team in its pursuit of a world championship."

Alvarez, who will serve as Team USA's pitching coach, is making her national team coaching debut for USA Baseball in 2018 after five years as a player. Alvarez started her career with the red, white and blue in 2008 and every team she participated on medaled in international competition. She won two bronze medals as a member of the 2008 and 2010 Women's National Teams before winning a silver medal in 2012 and a gold medal at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games.

Previously, she served as a coach for the Women's National Team Identification Series, and she continues to help grow the next generation of female baseball players as a coach at the 2017 and 2018 Trailblazer Series and the upcoming 2018 Girls Baseball Breakthrough Series Showcase & Development Camp.

Kauffman will join the staff as an assistant coach in 2018 after coaching at the 2017 Women's NTDP. Currently in his third season as an assistant coach at Franklin Pierce University, Kauffman previously worked in the USA Baseball organization as an operations coordinator for the 2014 Collegiate National Team and the director of the 12U National Team in 2015, which went on to claim the WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup gold medal. He played baseball at Franklin Pierce University in 2009 and 2010, where he was selected to the East Regional All-Tournament team in 2010; and later served as a graduate assistant for the Ravens while earning his master's degree. Kauffman also spent time working in baseball operations for the Chicago Cubs minor league system in 2012 and 2013.

Rounding out the staff is May, who will also serve in an assistant coach role for the 2018 team. A member of the 2017 Women's NTDP coaching staff, he has also coached at several Women's National Team Trials and Women's National Open events. He is in his second year as the head coach at Dean College and has worked at the high school, collegiate and minor league levels throughout his career. He is also currently working toward his Doctorate in Education Leadership and Management from Drexel University. May started his collegiate coaching career as an assistant coach at Springfield College before moving on to a position in the Atlanta Braves front office, followed by coaching posts at Wofford College, UMass-Amherst, Trinity College, Northland College and Harvard University. While at the helm of Northland College, he was named the 2014 Upper Midwest Athletic Conference Coach of the Year.

Like Alvarez, Kauffman and May are both making their national team coaching debuts for USA Baseball in 2018.

The 2018 Women's National Team identification process will begin with the Women's National Open that will take place June 8-10 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina. The coaching staff will then select 40 athletes from the event to compete at the 2018 National Team Trials that will take place immediately following the Women's National Open from June 11-14 at the National Training Complex.

The final roster will be selected from the National Team Trials and will be announced Monday, June 18.

The 2018 Women's National Team will train in Florida from August 16-20 prior to competing in the WBSC Women's Baseball World Cup from August 22-31 at the USSSA Space Coast Complex in Viera, Florida.

2018 marks the first time the WBSC Women's Baseball World Cup will be held in the United States. Team USA is a two-time World Champion in the tournament, having won gold medals in 2004 and 2006.

For the most up-to-date information on the Women's National Team, check USABaseball.com and follow @USABaseballWNT and @USABaseball on Twitter.

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Major League Baseball and USA Baseball Announce Significant Girls Baseball Events Scheduled for This Spring

March 27, 2018

Major League Baseball and USA Baseball today announced two significant girls baseball events coming this April and May/June - the second annual 'Trailblazer Series' (April 13th-15th) and the first-ever Girls Baseball 'Breakthrough Series' Showcase & Development Camp (May 31st-June 4th). The events are a continuation of MLB's commitment to growing all levels of the youth and amateur side of the sport.

MLB will host the second annual 'Trailblazer Series' in conjunction with Jackie Robinson Day. Approximately 100 girls, ages 13 and under, representing 21 states across the country as well as Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and Canada will participate in the four-day tournament held at the MLB Youth Academy in Compton, Calif. from Thursday, April 12th through Sunday, April 15th. The girls playing in the Trailblazer Series, ages 11-13, will be placed onto teams by random selection. Some of the nation's top female baseball coaches and players, including those from USA Baseball's Women's National Team, will coach the girls who are from programs affiliated with AAU, Babe Ruth & Cal Ripken Baseball, Little League International, Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities, PONY and USSSA, among others.

MLB and USA Baseball are also set to launch a groundbreaking new event specifically designed for the on-field development and scouting of girls baseball players. The Girls Baseball Breakthrough Series (GBBS) is the newest iteration of the existing, diversity-focused amateur development camps operated by MLB, USA Baseball and USA Softball. Taking place at Historic Dodgertown in Vero Beach, Fla., the GBBS will serve as an opportunity for on-field development as well as a scouting showcase for dozens of girls, ages 17 and under, from around the country. Participants will receive daily instruction in an environment similar to an MLB Spring Training camp. The amateur development camp effort began as a singular Breakthrough Series event in a joint effort by MLB and USA Baseball to promote baseball as a viable collegiate and professional option for youth from minority backgrounds. The effort has now expanded to several Boys Baseball & Girls Softball Breakthrough Series events, the annual DREAM Series, and the Elite Development Invitational, which is run by both MLB and the MLBPA and is available in both baseball and softball.

Participants of both the Trailblazer Series and GBBS will receive direct insight from coaches and be a part of special discussions with women leaders in baseball. The events are completely expense-free for participants. More details on both the Trailblazer Series and Girls Baseball Breakthrough Series will be made available at a later date.

"Women playing baseball is an important part of our sport's history," said Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. "That legacy is also significant to the game's present and future. We are proud to work alongside USA Baseball in creating events that raise the profile of girls and women's baseball. We are committed to ensuring that any young woman who chooses to play baseball, particularly through our RBI programs and MLB Youth Academies, will have the opportunity to do so."

"USA Baseball has prided itself on providing an avenue for women to play baseball through the inception of our Women's National Team program in 2004," said USA Baseball Executive Director and CEO, Paul Seiler. "It is inspiring to witness the tremendous growth in participation and popularity of women's baseball in our country; and we are honored to work with Major League Baseball to continue providing fruitful opportunities for any young woman who is passionate about playing the game of baseball."

In addition to the above, USA Baseball's National Member Organizations, which sanction youth and amateur leagues across the country and around the world, reaffirmed their commitment to providing girls opportunities to participate in their baseball leagues. Leaders at AABC, American Legion, Babe Ruth League, Dixie Boys and Majors, Dixie Youth, Little League International, NABF, NFHS, PONY, and USSSA are all working toward growing the opportunities afforded to girls in the game.*SEE STATEMENTS FROM THE LEADERS OF THESE ORGANIZATIONS IN THE ENCLOSED QUOTE SHEET DOCUMENT*

The Trailblazer Series and Girls Baseball Breakthrough Series are the latest joint efforts between Major League Baseball and USA Baseball in regards to player development, health and educational resources. The most notable shared initiatives include the 'PLAY BALL' initiative (e.g., FUN At Bat), Pitch Smart and Amateur Development Camps (e.g., Breakthrough Series, DREAM Series and Elite Development Invitational). More information on the Trailblazer Series can be found at PlayBall.org.

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USA Baseball Ranked Number One In Latest WBSC Baseball World Rankings

February 22, 2018

DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball has reclaimed the top spot in the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Baseball World Rankings as announced today by the WBSC. Following a 2017 season in which Team USA swept its international competitions at the 12U, 15U, 18U, Collegiate and Professional levels, the U.S. is ranked number one for the first time since 2014.

"To be recognized by the WBSC as the preeminent baseball program in the world is a testament to all of the hard work that our athletes, coaches and USA Baseball staff have put in to our national team programs," said Paul Seiler, Executive Director and CEO of USA Baseball. "Our organization has celebrated unprecedented success in the past few years and we will continue to build on those achievements as we reach toward new heights."

The WBSC Baseball World Rankings weigh a country's National Team performance - from U-12 to Professional - in WBSC-sanctioned international competitions over a four-year period.

USA Baseball had its most successful year in 2017, setting a record for most annual Baseball World Ranking points amassed with 2,127. The U.S. swept through its international competition with gold medals at the World Baseball Classic, WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup, COPABE Pan Am U-15 Championships and the WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup; in addition to the Collegiate National Team winning all three of its international friendship series against Chinese Taipei, Cuba and Japan. It is the first time in international baseball history a federation has won all of its international competitions in a calendar year.

Since 2015, USA Baseball has won five world championships, including being the reigning World Baseball Classic Champion, as well as the reigning world champions at the 12U and 18U age levels. In total, the U.S. has medaled in all 11 international tournaments it has participated in since 2015, winning seven gold medals, three silver medals and one bronze.

Additionally, the Collegiate National Team has won six of eight international friendship series against Chinese Taipei (2-0-1), Cuba (3-0) and Japan (1-1) in that time frame, including winning the 5th Annual USA vs. Cuba International Friendship Series in Cuba - the first-ever series victory on Cuban soil in USA Baseball history.

The USA Baseball Women's National Team - currently ranked number three in the WBSC Women's Baseball World Rankings - has also won two gold medals since 2015, highlighted by an 11-3 victory over Canada in the finals of the 2015 Pan American Games.

To see the full WBSC Baseball World Rankings, visit www.WBSC.org.

World Baseball Softball Confederation Baseball World Rankings (1-12):
1. USA
2. Japan
3. Korea
4. Cuba
5. Mexico
6. Chinese Taipei
7. Canada
8. Australia
9. Netherlands
10. Puerto Rico
11. Venezuela
12. Dominican Republic

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USA Baseball Announces 2018 Women's National Team Identification Process

December 1, 2017
2018 Women's National Open Registration

DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball announced on Friday the identification process for the Women's National Team that will compete in the 2018 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Women's Baseball World Cup in Viera, Florida.

The national team identification process will begin with the Women's National Open from June 8-10 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina. In compliance with the international age determinate rule, the event is open to women who are 16 years of age or older by December 31, 2018.

"We are excited to be fielding a Women's National Team again in 2018 for the WBSC Women's Baseball World Cup," said Ashley Bratcher, Senior Director of Baseball Operations at USA Baseball. "Since our last international event in 2016 we have been planning and preparing for 2018 by introducing new players to our program through our National Team Development Program and we are eager to begin the national team selection process with the Women's National Open in June."

The USA Baseball coaching staff will select 40 athletes from the Women's National Open to compete at the 2018 National Team Trials. Trials will take place immediately following the completion of the Women's National Open - from June 11-14 - at the National Training Complex.

The final roster will be announced on Monday, June 18.

The 2018 Women's National Team will train in Florida from August 11-15 before competing in the WBSC Women's Baseball World Cup from August 17-26 at the USSSA Space Coast Complex in Viera, Florida.

"We are thrilled that the WBSC awarded the 2018 Women's Baseball World Cup to the United States," said Paul Seiler, Executive Director and CEO of USA Baseball. "We cannot wait to not only showcase women's baseball in our country, but also for our Women's National Team to compete for a gold medal on our home soil for the first time."

Team USA is a two-time World Champion in the women's discipline, winning the gold medal at the Women's Baseball World Cup in 2004 and 2006.

Registration for the 2018 Women's National Open is now open. Athletes can register for the event by clicking here or visiting the Women's National Team page at USABaseball.com.

For more information on the Women's National Team and the WBSC Women's Baseball World Cup, follow @USABaseballWNT, @USABaseball and @WBSC on Twitter.

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