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Stinson Named to USA Baseball Collegiate National Team

June 21, 2018

DURHAM, N.C. - Duke pitcher Graeme Stinson has earned a spot on the 2018 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team as announced by the national governing body for U.S. amateur baseball. As part of his selection, Stinson will participate in a game against the Coastal Plain League Select June 27 as well as a series against Chinese Taipei June 28 - July 2.

The Collegiate National Team is comprised of the top collegiate baseball players in the country and competes each summer in a schedule of exhibition games across the United States. As part of this schedule, the U.S. is set for friendship series against teams from the likes of Canada, Chinese Taipei, Cuba and the Netherlands. During his time with the Collegiate National Team, Stinson will compete for a spot on the final 24-man roster set for a series against Japan (July 3-8) and Cuba (July 10-15).

As a sophomore in 2018, Stinson posted tremendous numbers out of the Blue Devil bullpen. In 23 appearances, including four starts, Stinson went 5-1 with a 1.89 ERA. Featuring a 94-96 mph fastball and a wipeout slider, Stinson struck out 98 batters in 62.0 innings, averaging 14.23 strikeouts per nine innings. Opponents hit .200 against him while Stinson yielded just 19 walks on the year.

During the NCAA Tournament, Stinson earned the start in Duke's Lubbock Super Regional victory over Texas Tech June 11, turning in 6.0 shutout innings while striking out six and scattering five hits.

Stinson is currently pitching for the Orleans Firebirds of the Cape Cod Baseball League. In his first start with Orleans, Stinson fanned 12 batters over 5.0 shutout innings, allowing three hits and one walk.

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Zeferjahn Invited to USA Baseball Collegiate National Team

June 19, 2018

LAWRENCE, Kan. - Sophomore right-handed pitcher Ryan Zeferjahn earned an invitation to the 2018 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team roster the organization announced Wednesday, June 15.

As part of this selection, Zeferjahn will participate in a game against the Coastal Plain League Select, as well as a series against Chinese Taipei. During this time, he will be competing for a spot on the final 24-man roster that will compete in a series against Cuba and Japan. He is also the first Jayhawk since 2009 (T.J. Walz) to earn an invitation to the team.

"It is a real blessing and an humbling honor to have the opportunity to represent your country with the best college players in the nation," Zeferjahn said. "Very few have this opportunity, and I just want to take in the experience and do my very best as I represent the United States and the University of Kansas."

Zeferjahn garnered All-Big 12 Second Team honors and finished the 2018 season with a record of 8-5 and a 4.48 ERA. He became the first Jayhawk since 2016 (Ben Krauth) to strike out 100 batters in a season, finishing the year with an even 100 that rank tied for sixth in the Kansas single-season record books.

The USA Baseball Collegiate National Team will participate in three international friendship series, 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 announce a final 24-man roster to 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.

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Strumpf Selected to USA Baseball Collegiate National Team

June 19, 2018

LOS ANGELES - UCLA infielder Chase Strumpf has been selected to the 2018 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team, announced the organization on Tuesday.

The sophomore is the 16th UCLA player to earn a spot on the Collegiate National Team and the third in the last five seasons, joining James Kaprielian (2014) and Jon Olsen (2017). He is also the first position player to play for Team USA since Steve Rodriguez in 2010.

The Dana Point, Calif. native will participate in the Collegiate National Team Training Camp from June 27-July 2 at the National Training Complex in Cary, N.C. where he will play against the Coastal Plain League Select and also in the 18th USA vs. Chinese Taipei International Friendship Series. The U.S. will then announce a final 24-man roster to compete in the 42nd USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Star Series from July 3-9 in Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina; and the Seventh Annual USA vs. Cuba International Friendship Series in Cuba from July 13-18.

Strumpf was named a second team All-American this season after leading the Bruins in batting average (.363), runs (59), home runs (12), slugging percentage (.633) and on-base percentage (.475). The second baseman also drove in 53 runs, recorded 23 doubles and walked 45 times. He became the fourth UCLA plater since 2001 to record 50-plus RBIs and 10-plus RBIs in a season.

Strumpf ended the regular season ranked top-10 in the Pac-12 in 10 offensive categories including batting average, runs, RBIs and home runs. In addition, he also helped lead the Bruins to the best fielding percentage in the Pac-12 with a conference-best 178 assists, while committing just two errors for a .992 fielding percentage.

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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Bradford Selected to USA Baseball National Team

June 15, 2018

WACO, Texas - Baylor baseball sophomore left-handed pitcher Cody Bradford has been selected for the 2018 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team roster, joining Baylor teammate Shea Langeliers.

Bradford is the ninth player in program history named to the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team. He joins Pat Combs (1988), Jason Jennings (1997-98), Bryan Loeb (1998), Jon Topolski (1998), Zane Carlson (2000), Michael Griffin (2003), Kendal Volz (2008) and Langeliers (2018).

Bradford will participate in a game against the Coastal Plain League Select and a series against Chinese Taipei, and he'll be competing for a spot on the final 24-man roster that will play a series against Cuba and Japan.

An Aledo, Texas, native, Bradford became the first Baylor player to be named Big 12 Pitcher of the Year. He also picked up Collegiate Baseball All-America third team honors, was named 2018 Big 12 Championship Co-Most Outstanding Player after helping the Bears win the first Big 12 Championship tournament title in program history, and he was selected to the CoSIDA Academic All-District team.

Bradford finished his sophomore season 7-6 with a 2.51 ERA and two complete game shutouts in 14 starts. He led the Bears with 87 strikeouts in a team-high 96.2 innings and limited opposing hitters to a .240 batting average.

Bradford was even better in Big 12 Conference play, posting a 4-3 record with a 1.88 ERA and two complete games. He struck out 49 batters in 52.2 innings over seven starts, averaging more than 7.1 innings per start. His 1.88 ERA broke the Baylor record for best ERA by a starting pitcher in a Big 12 season, which was previously held by Josh Turley with a 1.92 mark in 2012.

He became the first player in program history to post back-to-back complete game shutouts when he accomplished the feat by throwing a one-hitter in a 6-0 shutout of TCU on April 20 and shutting down Kansas State 18-0 on April 27. Bradford was also recognized as Big 12 Pitcher of the Week three times in 2018, becoming the first BU pitcher to pick up three conference weekly awards in a season since Mark McCormick in 2005.

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 through 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 seventh-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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Canterino to Pitch for USA Baseball

June 15, 2018

DURHAM, N.C. - Rice's Matt Canterino has been named to the initial USA Baseball 2018 Collegiate National Team roster, with a chance to represent the Owls and his country in the squad's international tour later this summer.

USA Baseball's Collegiate National Team is scheduled to play three international series in 2018, beginning with the 18th USA vs. Chinese Taipei Friendship Series in North Carolina from June 28-July 2. Team USA will then announce a final 24-man roster to compete in the 42nd United States 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.

Canterino posted a 7-5 record and a 3.06 ERA this season while holding opposing hitters to a composite .188 batting average. The Owls' 'Friday night ace' led the team, and tied for 22nd in the nation, with 116 strikeouts in 94.0 innings of work. Originally from Southlake, Texas, Canterino was also 48th in the country with 11.11 strikeouts-per-9.0 innings on the way to first team All-Conference USA , but his success on the field is only part of the story. He was also named to C-USA All-Academic Team for maintaining 3.99 grade point average.

Former Rice All-America and major league draft pick Glenn Otto pitched for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team in the summer of 2016. Canterino and Otto were teammates on the Owl squad that made a historic international tour of Cuba in November of 2016.

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Doxakis Earns USA Baseball Collegiate National Team Invite

June 14, 2018

COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Texas A&M sophomore pitcher John Doxakis earned an invitation to the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team Training Camp to compete for a roster spot on the nation's premier summer collegiate team.

This summer, Doxakis joins Aggie teammate Braden Shewmake, who earned his second Team USA invite in March.

The USA Baseball Collegiate National Team participates in three international friendship series in 2018, beginning with the 18th USA vs. Chinese Taipei International Friendship Series, in North Carolina from June 28 - July 2. The U.S. then announce a final 24-man roster to 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.

The southpaw ended the season with an 8-5 record along with a 2.70 ERA, .212 opponent batting average and 92 strikeouts over 93.1 innings.

Doxakis blossomed into an ace down the stretch, including outdueling No. 1 Draft Pick Casey Mize in the SEC Tournament and earning a victory in the Aggies' NCAA Regional win against Indiana. In his last three starts, he was 2-1 with a 0.95 ERA, .134 opponent batting average and 28 strikeouts in 19.0 innings.

The list of recent Aggies to play for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team include Shewmake, 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 Banks in 2014 and 2015.

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.

In 2015, Banks and 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, Mengden posted a 1-0 record with a 1.35 ERA and 11 strikeouts in 13.1 innings. In 2011, 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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Yovan Selected for the 2018 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team Roster

June 13, 2018

EUGENE, Ore. -- Kenyon Yovan has been named to the roster of the 2018 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team, USA Baseball announced today.

The 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 announce a final 24-man roster to 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.

Yovan (Beaverton, Ore. / Westview HS) will be a part of the Collegiate National Team for the second straight summer. In 2017, the Ducks' right-handed pitcher was a part of the Collegiate Team in their series against Chinese Taipei.

Yovan earned the invitation after back-to-back first-team All-Pac-12 Conference selections as a freshman and sophomore. In 2018, Yovan split time between the starting rotation and serving as the club's closer finishing with a 6-4 record and a 2.98 ERA with five saves. He picked up his five saves in 11 relief appearances to start the season before becoming a weekend starter. Once in the rotation, Yovan went 6-3 with a 2.77 ERA in 10 starts with eight quality starts. He also batted .233 with three home runs and 12 RBI during the season.

In a stellar first season at Oregon in 2017, the Ducks' closer was named first-team All-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers of America (NCBWA), while claiming second-team All-America recognition from Collegiate Baseball. The right-handed pitcher was one of five finalists for the NCBWA Stopper of the Year Award, while also being named one of four National Freshmen of the Year by Collegiate Baseball.

Yovan finished his first year in Eugene with 15 saves, which tied for fourth nationally following the regular season, and had a 1.97 ERA with a 1-1 record. The Ducks' stopper struck out 36 and walked just six in 32 innings pitched. He picked up a save in half of Oregon's 30 wins and finished with the fourth most saves in school history.

Yovan is one of 10 Ducks to be a member of the Collegiate National Team joining David Peterson (2016), Travis Moniot (2016), Stephen Nogosek (2015), Tommy Thorpe (2013), Brett Hambright (2012), Jake Reed (2012), Tyler Anderson (2010), Scott McGough (2010) and Tom Dodd (1979).

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Three Tigers Join USA Baseball for Summer Tour

June 13, 2018

BATON ROUGE, La. - LSU baseball coach Paul Mainieri, who is serving this summer as head coach of the USA Collegiate National Team, announced Wednesday that three Tigers will join him with Team USA.

Mainieri said junior outfielder Antoine Duplantis, sophomore right-handed pitcher Zack Hess and sophomore outfielder Zach Watson have been added to the USA roster.

"Certainly, I'm very pleased that Antoine, Zack and Zach will be with Team USA this summer," Mainieri said. "They are great ball players and first-class young men that will represent our country with dignity. It's an opportunity of a lifetime for them, and they will benefit tremendously from the experience."

The USA Baseball Collegiate National Team will participate in three international friendship series this summer, 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 USA vs. Cuba International Friendship Series in Cuba from July 13-18.

Duplantis, a Lafayette, La., native, batted a team-high .328 in 2018 with 13 doubles, six triples, two homers, 48 RBI, 55 runs and 19 stolen bases. He is first in the SEC in triples, third in the league in base hits (89) and third in stolen bases.

He was named to the 2018 SEC All-Tournament team after hitting .370 in six games with two doubles, one triple, five RBI and eight runs.

Duplantis has 268 career hits at LSU and needs 85 more to become the all-time hits leader in SEC history. Former LSU first baseman Eddy Furniss is the all-time SEC hits leader with 352 from 1995-98.

Hess, a product of Forest, Va., was 7-6 this season with a 5.05 ERA, working 92.2 innings in 16 starts and one relief appearance. He allowed 83 hits and 52 earned runs while recording 49 walks and 107 strikeouts.

Hess, who ranks No. 4 this season in the Southeastern Conference in strikeouts, has a 14-7 career mark and four saves in his two seasons at LSU with a 4.28 ERA. In 153.1 career innings (47 appearances/22 starts), he has recorded 79 walks and 190 strikeouts, and he has limited opponents to a .216 cumulative batting average.

Watson, a product of Ruston, La., batted .308 (72-for-234) this season with 15 doubles, two triples, seven homers, 34 RBI, 47 runs and 14 stolen bases. He has a .312 career batting average in two seasons at LSU with 24 doubles, five triples, 16 homers, 71 RBI, 89 runs and 26 stolen bases.

Watson, a 2017 Freshman All-American, was named to the College World Series All-Tournament team last season, and he was LSU's leading hitter in the 2017 NCAA Tournament, batting .333 (16-for-48) with one double, five homers, 10 RBI, 12 runs and four steals.

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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Jack Little Named to USA Baseball Collegiate National Team

June 12, 2018

STANFORD, Calif. - Sophomore right-handed pitcher Jack Little has been selected to compete for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team this summer, as announced Thursday.

Team USA will compete in three international friendship series, starting June 28 - July 2 against Chinese Taipei in North Carolina. The team will then announce a final 24-man roster to compete in the 42nd USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Star series from July 3-9 in Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina, as well as the seventh annual USA vs. Cuba International Friendship Series in Cuba from July 13-18.

Little's 16 saves ties for third in the NCAA and leads the Pac-12, tying Colton Hock (2017) for the single-season program record. In 45.1 innings across 25 relief appearances, Little (3-0) accrued an 0.60 earned-run average and a .167 opposing batting average. Surrendering just 38 base runners, he struck out 58 while issuing eight walks.

Ten of Little's saves were 1.2 innings or more, and five were 3.0 or more. He earned the win and struck out the final four batters in Stanford's dramatic, 6-5 win at Washington on May 26, which clinched the Cardinal's first Pac-12 conference championship since 2004.

Stanford ranks second in Division I in ERA (2.83) and third in WHIP (1.14). The Cardinal's 23 saves tied a program record, with its .793 winning percentage ranking second, all-time.

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Meyer to Compete With USA Baseball Collegiate National Team

June 12, 2018

DURHAM, N.C. - Gopher Baseball All-American freshman Max Meyer will spend part of his summer with the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team, competing for a spot on the final 24-man roster that will compete in series with Cuba and Japan.

Meyer made 23 appearances out of the Minnesota bullpen during his rookie campaign, tying the program record of 16 saves originally set by Brian Glowicki during the 2017 season. Meyer struck out 54 batters in 43.2 innings, posting a 2-3 record with a 2.06 ERA. Opposing batters hit just .163 against him, and he allowed fewer than one baserunner per inning with a 0.94 WHIP.

The Gophers' last player to compete for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team was pitcher John Gaub in 2005.

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 announce a final 24-man roster to compete in the 42nd USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Star Series from July 3-9 in Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina; and the Seventh 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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