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3 Up, 3 Down with Mikie Mahtook

May 20, 2020
We are joined by Mikie Mahtook. Mikie was a member of the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team in 2010 following his Sophomore season at LSU. He is a Louisiana boy turned LSU Baseball legend who helped lead the Tigers to a College World Series championship his freshman season. A first-round
We are joined by Mikie Mahtook. Mikie was a member of the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team in 2010 following his Sophomore season at LSU. He is a Louisiana boy turned LSU Baseball legend who helped lead the Tigers to a College World Series championship his freshman season. A first-round draft pick of the Tampa Bay Rays, Mikie has spent time at the big-league level with the Rays and Tigers. He is now a member of the Philadelphia Phillies organization after signing with the club this past offseason. 

USA Baseball (USAB): Let's first talk about your decision to attend LSU In the first place. After your senior year of high school, you had committed to the LSU Tigers, the hometown team about an hour down the road, and you were drafted by the Florida Marlins, was there any possibility you weren't headed to Baton Rouge?
Mikie Mahtook (MM): A small possibility. My dad and my uncle both played football at LSU, my whole family went to school at LSU, so I was going to LSU football games and baseball games from a young age so that's where I wanted to go, that's the place I wanted to be. My situation was a little tricky as a football player first and then a baseball player second. Football recruiting got heated a little bit earlier than baseball did so for a little while there I thought I was going to play both in college but at the end of the day I made a decision in the middle of my senior football season I just wanted to play baseball in college and LSU came to me and asked me if I wanted to go to school there and play baseball there. I initially committed to LSU as a preferred walk on because they had changed the scholarship rules that year and I had taken so long to make a decision that LSU didn't have any scholarship money left. 
So I committed as a preferred walk-on and then went through my senior baseball season and had a great high school senior season and started shooting up draft boards. I had never once in my life thought about getting drafted out of high school. My goal was to get to the major leagues, but I always thought I was going to go to college and then maybe get drafted and make it to the big leagues. But once I had that opportunity and scouts started talking to me, I had no idea what I was doing. My mom and I talked about it and thought we didn't really want to go so we gave them this really high number that they didn't even bat an eye on, so we thought maybe we should have gone higher. But we weren't really ready to sign so there were a few teams that were really high on me, but at the end of the day I called them and said I wanted to go to school and develop more as a player and I appreciated the interest and then I think the Marlins drafted me just as a courtesy selection that late in the draft. But it was a very cool experience that helped prepare me for when I would get drafted.
USAB: Had you had any conversations with big league scouts prior to that draft? Did you have a sense of where you might be drafted?
MM: Yeah, like I said I'd never really expected to get drafted and then all of a sudden you start getting at-home visits, and you start getting phone calls, and then you start having people come to games more often specifically to watch me. So we didn't really know what we were doing. We talked to some people in our hometown that had been drafted, going to ask them for some advice and what we need to do. And one day I had a conversation with my family where I said look I've never focused solely on baseball in my life it's kind of cool that I'm getting looked at to further my career as a professional, but I think for my development I need to go to LSU and focus strictly on baseball. Put football aside. Once I did that, I still kind of wanted to get drafted high, just to pump the ego just a little bit. But I knew after I told him I wanted to go to school that I probably wasn't going to get drafted as high as I thought.
USAB: You get to LSU your freshman year and you guys put together one of the best seasons in program history. You win SEC Tournament MVP. You get to Omaha, cruise through to the College World Series Final, and you come up with the game-winning hit in extra innings of Game 1 against Texas. What do you remember about that game?
MM: First thing I remember was it was extremely, extremely hot. I remember I had to get an IV in the middle of the game because I couldn't stop cramping. The game was actually on TV the other day and it was the first time I ever rewatched it and they said it was 107 degree heat index so it was steaming. After that I remember in my first three at-bats I struck out. Not good at-bats. My fourth at-bat I put the ball in play but I hit into a double play. So I'm 0-for-4 and I made 5 outs. And I'm thinking this is not how I wanted this to go. Then my fifth at-bat I ended up swinging at a pitch way in the other batters box but somehow found a hole for a base hit. And then I got the game-winning hit in the 11th and it was a surreal moment. Obviously you work all year to get to that point and you hope to have an opportunity to come up with a big hit like that and I was able to battle through a tough game and was able to come through so it was exciting. I think the coolest part about that was the way my teammates reacted after I got the hit.
USAB: Were there any moments that came back to you while you were watching the broadcast? 
MM: I remember watching my swing and seeing that they are spinning me slider after slider after slider. I'm a freshman and I'm still trying to make adjustments. I know at that moment I told myself I have got to figure this out. I have got to put this ball in play. And then I finally put the ball in play and believe it or not after I hit into that double play I was able to exhale, even though it was a double play. Because I didn't hit it terrible, but I didn't hit it great because obviously it was a ground ball to the second baseman but I exhaled and thought alright, got a little of the barrel, I put the ball in the play, we have some action here. I'm okay. I can exhale a little bit. And then the next one I found the hole with a lucky hit. Then my last at-bat I tell myself just find a way to get this thing into the outfield and get the hit. And I was able to do that.
USAB: That was game one. What about the series clinching game? What are your memories of that clinching game and claiming the title?
MM: So we had to come back to win the first game. DJ LeMahieu hit a 2-RBI double in the ninth to tie it and then we won in extra innings. Then in game two we had to face Taylor Jungmann and he threw an absolute gem. I think they beat us 5-1 and we had no shot against him that day. He was just on. So the third game, we walked into the clubhouse and had this weird confidence like we knew we were going to win. So we were loose and having fun. No one was really tight. And then in the first inning Jared Mitchell hit a three-run homer and gave us all the momentum.
They actually came back to tie the game but then I hit a double in the sixth inning to give us a 5-4 lead and then I think we ended up scoring four more runs in that inning to clinch it. But we entered that game with this confidence that we knew we were going to win. Coach Mainieri talked to us before the game and said "If I had told you before the season you had one game to win the World Series would you take it?" And we said yes, obviously. We were in that situation and we knew we were going to win. We had our horses ready to go and we had that confidence and I think we ended up winning 11-4. 
USAB: So what were the next two years at LSU like? You are a Louisiana kid, your parents went to LSU, your dad played football at LSU, you won a College World Series as a freshman. Are you Big Man on Campus at that point?
MM: Coming back to campus was pretty cool. We don't have a Major League Baseball team in Louisiana so LSU is almost like the professional team here. People love baseball in south Louisiana, especially LSU baseball. So people recognize us, people want to talk to us, it was kind of cool because I had never experienced that. It was something we had to learn how to juggle to take these new responsibilities and be mature with them and we were good about it. We had our fun and enjoyed it but we knew there were bigger things we needed to do. And that next year we started out 32-6 and we were number one in the country before we had some injuries and lost some pitching depth and we struggled a little bit. We got it back together at the end of the year but ran into a buzz saw in the regional against UCLA with Trevor Bauer and Gerrit Cole. 
Then my junior season was a bit of a lost season. It was personally my best year statistically, but we were 36-20 and didn't make the postseason. It was a tough pill to swallow but it is what it is. It was tough to go out that way, but definitely some good moments.
USAB: I know you still keep in touch with the LSU baseball program. Partly through the No. 8 you wore during your time there. Since you left it has become tradition that the number is given to a player that symbolizes leadership and dedication to LSU Baseball. Some guys who have worn No. 8 since your time at LSU include Alex Bregman, Jake Fraley, and most recently, two-time USA Baseball alum Daniel Cabrera. How did that tradition come about?
MM: LSU football has a similar tradition with No. 18. It started with Matt Mauk and it is an honor to get No. 18. The players vote on it and it is not necessarily the most talented player on the field but more about the character and how much they loved LSU. The person you want to play at LSU. I thought it was a really cool idea so I left after my junior season and Mason Katz was still on the team so I called him and said I wanted to do something like football and asked what he thought about it. I told him I knew No. 5 was his number but I asked him if he would want to wear No. 8 and he said absolutely. So he wore it for two years and I think he hit 17 homers his senior season and he passed it down and we wanted to give it to someone who could lead the team but also have passion and energy for LSU and to represent the number well. I think the few people who have worn it have represented it the way we wanted it represented.
USAB: So you passed it down first and chose who you passed it to. Has it remained that kind of fraternity between guys who have worn the No. 8 jersey?
MM: Antoine Duplantis passed it to Daniel Cabrera and Antoine just broke the LSU hits record a few years ago. Antoine is from my hometown and I actually used to hit in the cage with Antoine and his little brother who is now an olympian. So I have known those guys most of my life. 
I stay connected with the guys, I live in Baton Rouge so I work out at the facility all the time so I talk to those guys about any questions they may have. But most of these guys are pretty set. They know what's going on and have an idea of what they want to do and where they want to be and what they want to become. That is part of wearing the number is taking that responsibility and leading the team. Cabrera, before the season got cancelled, was having a great year and doing just that. 
At the end of a year if they can't figure out who should get the number next year, they will call some of the older guys that had the jersey for their input. It has turned out to be a pretty cool thing.
USAB: That is a really cool tradition. Obviously the number still means a lot to you, and it took four or five years into your pro career to get the number back. Did that mean a lot to you to finally get number 8 with the Detroit Tigers last year? 
MM: I tried to get it even in the minor leagues. I tried to get it in High-A, but someone was there, an older player who already had it, so I couldn't get it there. Then I tried in Double-A, but couldn't get it again. Then I got to Triple-A and the number 8 was retired because of Crash Davis with the Durham Bulls. So I can't get the number anywhere and it is frustrating. 
Then I get to the big leagues and I'm a rookie so I'm not going to ask for a specific number, because you can't do that as a rookie. So then I just decided to embrace wearing No. 27 which is the number they gave me. And then I got traded to Detroit and Justin Upton was wearing No. 8 at the time. And then Justin got traded so in the offseason I asked our clubbie what he thought of me wearing No. 8 now that Justin got traded and he said yes so I was fired up. I actually just got that jersey framed. I only have No. 8 jerseys framed in my house so that is pretty cool.
USAB: Let's get to your time with the Collegiate National Team in 2010. It was a loaded roster, with Gerrit Cole, Sonny Gray, George Springer, Jackie Bradley Jr., Brad Miller and plenty of others. Do you still have relationships with guys from that team?
MM: We keep in touch. Obviously life happens, guys get married and have kids so it's not as much as when we were 20, we don't have as much free time. But whenever we do see each other the conversations are easy, you always have that bond. I'm actually now doing these daily zoom calls with amateur athletes and bringing on other athletes and George Springer came on and did one the other week. And these are relationships you build when you are 20 so they last a long time and it is really a cool thing. 
I think that is one of the coolest things about playing for Team USA is that I got to play with these guys that you don't necessarily get to play with ever again. I think the only person I played with again after Team USA was Brad Miller. Brad Miller and I are really really good friends. So you may not get to play with them all again so you have to embrace it when you're together and it was a really cool experience. 
USAB: What were your favorite memories of that 2010 Collegiate National Team? Anything in particular stick out either on or off the field? 
MM: We had a lot of fun together. We got to go to Tokyo and I had never been to that part of the world so flying together and getting to hang out with each other in Tokyo was really cool. One thing I remember is that we were at the tournament in Tokyo and we were playing Japan, the host team, and the place is packed. All with their fans because we are obviously nowhere near home. So the first inning Springer hits a grand slam. We were going nuts, it was crazy, and we ended up winning the game 4-1 and it was the only runs we scored. But that entire game was so intense and you got to see how much their fans really loved baseball and that was really cool.
We ended up playing Cuba in the finals and it was a hard fought game but they ended up walking us off in extra innings. And that Cuba team was stacked. They had Cespedes and Jose Abreu and those guys. But those two games are what I remember most about that year.
USAB: After playing on that team with so many other talented players, what did you learn and how did you grow as a player after that experience? 
MM: I grew a lot. Like you said that was the first time I played on a team with that much competition outside of college and it was awesome. The outfield was Jackie Bradley Jr. in center, George Springer in left and I was in right. So you get to play in the outfield with guys that are going to be first rounders, guys that are going to be in the big leagues.
And then in the Trials you get to face pitchers who didn't even make the team who are now big leaguers. Pitchers that are aces in the big leagues that were on our team. We had to face those guys at Trials. And just to see how those guys approached the game and competed on the field was really great to be a part of. 
USAB: So a lot of us are in this holding pattern waiting for baseball to resume. Tell me, what is life like right now?
MM: Being back here in Baton Rouge I actually have some nice facilities I can take advantage of. I have a batting cage I can use so I hit every day. The neighborhood I live in, there are still three or four guys that still play professionally so we kind of have our own little mini spring training in the neighborhood. Kevin Gausman lives right around the corner from me and we will go to an empty lot or the edge of a golf course and long toss. He actually bought a portable pitchers mound so he'll set it up in his backyard and throw bullpens. 
Other than that it is like being a kid again. A lot of home workouts. Just trying to find out whatever you can do around the house to stay in shape. It has been tough but it has been kind of fun too. Fun trying to figure out how and where we are going to get these workouts done.
USAB: Anything outside of baseball?
MM: I mentioned earlier that I started this project with a mentor of mine it is called the Champions Rise Challenge. Professional athletes aren't the only athletes affected by this COVID-19 pandemic. More so than us it is these amateur athletes who lost their season and maybe lost their opportunity to get recruited. And not having the resources a professional athlete has can be kind of scary. So we decided to have these daily zoom calls, it is free to sign up, and we are trying to get as many athletes, nutritionists, coaches, all influencing these younger kids. Coming on to donate their time to these athletes. 
We are also encouraging parents to come on because when you're young you look for someone to lean on you want someone to help direct you. So if these parents are doing the same things the kids are doing, they are able to help them grow and get through this tough time. It has been awesome. The feedback has been great. We have a week and a half left but we are so excited about it we are looking at ways to maybe continue it even further than that. 
USAB: Lastly, let's talk about your foundation, The Mikie Mahtook Foundation. It can be found @MahtookCares on Twitter and @MahtookFoundation on Instagram. Tell us about the foundation.
MM: I started this foundation in 2014 to honor my dad. He was Mikie Mahtook Sr. He passed away unexpectedly when I was four years old due to cardiomyopathy. The foundation promotes and educates about the prevention of heart disease. We have recently moved into the testing sector. We are in the process of partnering with another organization that is able to test for free. We want to be able to detect heart disease so these kids and their parents can get diagnosed and get treatment. 
I was four years old when my father passed away and I had twin sisters that were two. So all of a sudden my mother was a young single mother of three and that kind of thing can rock a family. So if I can help just one family prevent a loss like that, then we are doing something right. It has been great, we have a lot of plans for the future, and we have some ambitious goals for it. In the next two or three years, it is going to be a household name.
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Fifty-Six USA Baseball Alumni on MLB Postseason Rosters

Dodgers lead all clubs with eight alums on 26-man roster
October 8, 2021
CARY, N.C. – Fifty-six Team USA alumni have been named to Major League Baseball postseason rosters, USA Baseball announced on Friday. There are at least three USA Baseball alumni on all 10 postseason rosters. The Los Angeles Dodgers lead the way with eight alumni, while the Atlanta Braves, Boston Red Sox, and

CARY, N.C. – Fifty-six Team USA alumni have been named to Major League Baseball postseason rosters, USA Baseball announced on Friday.

There are at least three USA Baseball alumni on all 10 postseason rosters. The Los Angeles Dodgers lead the way with eight alumni, while the Atlanta Braves, Boston Red Sox, and San Francisco Giants each boast seven players who previously donned the stars and stripes on their roster.

The list features 30 gold medalists, including 10 members of the 2017 World Baseball Classic gold medal-winning team.

Twenty alumni were on rosters for the American League and National League Wild Card games, which took place on October 5 and 6. The Divisional Series began on Thursday and continues on Friday, with all four divisional round games set to take place.

The complete list of USA Baseball alumni in the 2021 postseason is as follows:

  • Atlanta Braves
  • (Name; National Team)
  • Ian Anderson; 2015 18U
  • Travis d'Arnaud; 2011 Pro
  • Freddie Freeman; 2005 16U, 2006 18U
  • AJ Minter; 2014 Collegiate
  • Drew Smyly; 2011 Pro, 2017 WBC
  • Dansby Swanson; 2014 Collegiate
  • Kyle Wright; 2016 Collegiate

 

  • Boston Red Sox
  • Christian Arroyo; 2012 18U
  • Matt Barnes; 2010 Collegiate
  • Bobby Dalbec; 2015 Collegiate; 2019 Pro
  • Jarren Duran; 2021 Pro
  • Tanner Houck; 2015, 2016 Collegiate, 2019 Pro
  • Kyle Schwarber; 2013 Collegiate
  • Alex Verdugo; 2010 14U

 

  • Chicago White Sox
  • Zack Collins; 2011 16U; 2014 Collegiate
  • Yasmani Grandal; 2009 Collegiate
  • Craig Kimbrel; 2013 WBC
  • Lance Lynn; 2007 Collegiate
  • Carlos Rodon; 2012, 2013 Collegiate
  • Andrew Vaughn; 2013 15U, 2017, 2018 Collegiate, 2019 Pro

 

  • Houston Astros
  • Alex Bregman; 2010 16U, 2011 18U, 2013, 2014 Collegiate, 2017 WBC
  • Jason Castro; 2009 Pro
  • Lance McCullers; 2010 18U
  • Ryne Stanek; 2011, 2012 Collegiate
  • Kyle Tucker; 2012 15U

 

  • Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Walker Buehler; 2014 Collegiate
  • Joe Kelly; 2007 Collegiate
  • Corey Knebel; 2011 Collegiate
  • AJ Pollock; 2011 Pro
  • David Price; 2005, 2006 Collegiate
  • Max Scherzer; 2005 Collegiate
  • Corey Seager; 2010 16U
  • Trea Turner; 2012, 2013 Collegiate

 

  • Milwaukee Brewers
  • Jackie Bradley Jr.; 2010 Collegiate
  • Josh Hader; 2015 Pro
  • Kolten Wong; 2009 Collegiate
  • Christian Yelich; 2017 WBC

 

  • New York Yankees
  • Gerrit Cole; 2009, 2010 Collegiate
  • Joey Gallo; 2011 18U
  • Giancarlo Stanton; 2013, 2017 WBC

 

  • San Francisco Giants
  • Kris Bryant; 2012 Collegiate
  • Brandon Crawford; 2006 Collegiate, 2017 WBC
  • Alex Dickerson; 2010 Collegiate
  • Kevin Gausman; 2009 18U, 2011 Collegiate
  • Evan Longoria; 2007 Pro, 2009 WBC
  • Jake McGee; 2017 WBC
  • Buster Posey; 2004 18U, 2017 WBC

 

  • St. Louis Cardinals
  • Nolan Arenado; 2017 WBC
  • Jack Flaherty; 2013 18U
  • Paul Goldschmidt; 2017 WBC
  • Andrew Miller; 2017 WBC

 

  • Tampa Bay Rays
  • Shane Baz; 2016 18U, 2021 Olympic
  • JP Feyereisen; 2019 Pro
  • Austin Meadows; 2011 16U
  • David Robertson; 2017 WBC, 2021 Olympic
  • Michael Wacha; 2011 Collegiate
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U.S. Olympic Team Wraps Up Training with 5-2 Win

Casas homers, drives in three in final tune-up before Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
July 20, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E CNT 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 X 2 8 0 CNT 2 0 0 1 0 0 2  0  X 5 11 0 Win: Shane Baz  |  Loss: Nate Savino  |  Save: David Robertson Box Score |  Plays
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CARY, N.C. – Triston Casas (Boston Red Sox AA) drove in three runs on Tuesday, including a first-inning two-run homer, as the U.S. Olympic Team took down the Collegiate National Team, 5-2, in its final tune-up game before the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.                                                                                     

The Collegiate National Team cracked the scoreboard early, striking first on a solo homer by Brooks Lee (Cal Poly). Lee turned on the second pitch of the game, cranking it over the wall in right field to put the Collegiate National Team up 1-0.

After Simeon Woods-Richardson (Toronto Blue Jays AA) struck out the next three batters, the Olympic Team responded in the bottom of the inning. With two outs and Todd Frazier on first, Casas launched a two-run shot to center field to put the Olympic Team in front, 2-1.

Woods-Richardson continued his dominance in the second inning, striking out the side for the second consecutive inning. The Olympic Team then threatened with two runners on in the bottom of the frame, but Parker Messick (Florida State) escaped the trouble to keep the deficit at one.

In the top of the third, Woods-Richardson recorded his seventh-straight strikeout to open the inning. But three consecutive singles by Jacob Gonzalez (Ole Miss), Lee, and Gavin Cross (Virginia Tech) got through to tie the game at two runs apiece.

The Olympic Team nearly took the lead back in the bottom of the inning with a two-out rally against Justin Campbell (Oklahoma State) when Eric Filia (Seattle Mariners AAA) and Mark Kolozsvary (Cincinnati Reds AA) both singled to put the go-ahead run in scoring position. But Campbell managed to escape the jam when he got Patrick Kivlehan (San Diego Padres AAA) to line out.

After Shane Baz (Tampa Bay Rays AAA) replaced Woods-Richardson and put up a scoreless frame in the fourth, the Olympic Team jumped back in front in the bottom of the inning. Nick Allen (Oakland Athletics AA) led off with a double before Frazier brought him home with a two-out single to right field, making it 3-2 in favor of the Olympic Team.

The game’s middle innings were dominated by pitching. Baz scattered a pair of hits in the fifth frame, but picked up a strikeout in a scoreless inning of work. Nate Savino (Virginia) held the Olympic Team scoreless in the fifth to keep the Collegiate Team within a run. 

Anthony Gose (Cleveland Indians AAA) turned in a scoreless inning in the seventh before the Olympic Team added a pair of insurance runs. Casas once again showed off his power, tripling off the wall in center field to drive in Frazier. Jamie Westbrook (Milwaukee Brewers AAA) followed with an infield single to plate Casas and make it a 5-2 game before David Robertson came in and picked up the save for the second straight day, striking out the side in the game’s final inning to secure the series sweep for the Olympic Team.

Baz picked up the win with three scoreless innings, striking out six as part of five scoreless innings by the Olympic Team bullpen. Casas’ 2-for-5 performance was one of five multi-hit games for the Olympic Team. Allen, Filia, Frazier, and Westbrook all collected two hits in the win.

Savino suffered the loss for the Collegiate National Team, allowing the go-ahead run in two innings of work. Brooks Lee led the team’s offensive attack, picking up three hits and an RBI. Daniel Susac (Arizona) also turned in a multi-hit game for the Collegiate National Team, collecting two hits in the game.

This series wraps up the 2021 Collegiate National Team’s summer tour following an 11-game series from June 2-15 before the squad went head-to-head with the Olympic Team. Following this three-game exhibition series, the Olympic Team will travel to Japan on Wednesday, July 21, and will participate in the Opening Ceremonies on Friday, July 23. Team USA’s first game of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 is scheduled for July 30 against Israel at 7 p.m. JST/6 a.m. EDT

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U.S. Olympic Team Wins Pitcher's Duel Over Collegiate National Team, 1-0

Nick Martinez strikes out nine in five shutout innings for the win
July 20, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E Team USA  0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 6 0 CNT 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1 Win: Nick Martinez  |  Loss: Jaxon Wiggins  |  Save: David Robertson Box Score |  Plays
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Win: Nick Martinez  |  Loss: Jaxon Wiggins  |  Save: David Robertson
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DURHAM, N.C. -- The U.S. Olympic Team's patience paid off in a 1-0 win over the Collegiate National Team on Monday night at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park in the second game of a three-game exhibition series. Nick Martinez (Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks) led the Olympic Team on the mound in the pitcher’s duel, tossing five shutout innings while striking out nine batters.

After neither offense could get anything going in the first, the Collegiate National Team were the first to get the bats going in the second inning when Gavin Cross (Virginia Tech) hit a leadoff-single into left. Cross moved over to third on a one-out single from Logan Tanner (Mississippi State), but a strikeout and pop out got Martinez out of the jam.

After a couple of walks in the first three frames, the Olympic Team got its first hit of the game in the fourth inning on a double from Patrick Kivlehan (San Diego Padres AAA) down the left field line. One batter later, Eric Filia (Seattle Mariners AAA) drew a walk to put runners on first and second with one out, but southpaw Chris Villaman (NC State) got out of the jam with a flyout and a strikeout.

The Olympic Team threatened once again in the fifth, loading the bases with a pair of walks and an error, but the Collegiate National Team was able to escape unscathed, after Jaxon Wiggins got a flyout to end the inning.

Using defense as momentum, the Collegiate National Team got back-to-back singles off the bats of Robert Moore (Arkansas) and Jacob Gonzalez (Ole Miss). Martinez then got the next two batters to strike out swinging to strand the runners.

The Olympic Team finally broke through to bring its first and only run across in the sixth, rallying with two outs when Tim Federowicz (Los Angeles Dodgers AAA) and Nick Allen (Oakland Athletics AA) got consecutive singles and Jack Lopez (Boston Red Sox AAA) drew a walk to load the bases before Eddy Alvarez (Miami Marlins AA) drew a bases-loaded walk to bring in the go-ahead run.

That was all the Olympic Team bullpen would need as they did not allow a hit in the final four frames. Anthony Carter (Saraperos de Saltillo) pitched scoreless sixth and seventh innings, while Ryder Ryan (Texas Rangers AAA) and David Robertson each tossed scoreless innings. Ryder struck out the side in the eighth while Robertson collected a lineout and two punchouts of his own to earn the save.

Martinez got the win in the contest and collected nine of the Olympic Team’s 17 strikeouts. Nick Allen led the way for the Olympic Team offense with two hits while Filia, Alvarez, and Lopez all drew two walks. Collectively, Team USA tallied eight walks in the game. Gavin Cross was the Collegiate National Team’s offensive leader, collecting two of the team’s five hits in the game. Wiggins suffered the loss, but the Collegiate National Team pitching staff combined for eight strikeouts in the contest.

The three-game series will conclude tomorrow with an afternoon contest at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina. First pitch is set for 1:00 p.m. EDT and the game will be streamed live on USABaseball.com, as well as Facebook and YouTube Live.

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GAMEDAY: Collegiate and Olympic National Teams Square Off In Durham

July 19, 2021
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The U.S. Olympic Baseball Team faces off against the Collegiate National Team in game two of a three-game exhibition series to prepare Team USA for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. Sunday's game is set for 6:35 p.m. at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, North Carolina.

The game is open to the public and tickets may be purchased at online or at the Durham Bulls ticket booth. Fans can watch the game online on the official website for USA Baseball, as well as on Facebook Live.

Team USA took the series opener with an 8-3 victory over the Collegiate National Team. Eddy Alvarez and Patrick Kivlehan contributed home runs for the Olympic Team while Scott Kazmir picked up the win on the mound. Jacob Berry (LSU) also hit a home run in the game for the Collegiate National Team. Gabriel Hughes (Gonzaga) suffered the loss.

 

EXHIBITION SCHEDULE

- July 19, 2021 – 6:35 p.m. EDT
Team USA vs. Collegiate National TeamDurham Bulls Athletic Park (Durham, N.C.) // Tickets

- July 20, 2021 – 1 p.m. EDT
Collegiate National Team vs. Team USA
USA Baseball National Training Complex (Cary, N.C.) // Tickets

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U.S. Olympic Team Opens Exhibition Series With 8-3 Win Over Collegiate National Team

First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. in Cary
July 18, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E CNT  0 0 0 2 0 0 1 X  X 3 7 0 Team USA  5 3 0 0 0 0 X  X X 8 9 0 Win: S. Kazmir  |  Loss: G. Hughes Box Score |  Plays  CARY, N.C.
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Win: S. Kazmir  |  Loss: G. Hughes
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CARY, N.C. – The U.S. Olympic Team kicked off a three-game series against the Collegiate National Team on Sunday night, tuning up for their trip to the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 with an 8-3 win in a rain-shortened seven-inning game at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.

Playing against the country’s top collegiate players, the Olympic Team scored eight runs in the game's first two innings and got five strong innings from starter Scott Kazmir (AAA San Francisco Giants) to secure the series-opening win.

The Olympic Team got started early, with the first three batters reaching base. Jack Lopez (AAA Boston Red Sox) led off the inning with a walk, before Eddy Alvarez (AAA Miami Marlins) and Todd Frazier followed with back-to-back singles. Collegiate National Team starter Gabriel Hughes (Gonzaga) nearly escaped a bases-loaded jam, but Eric Filia’s (AAA Seattle Mariners) two-run single started a two-out rally for the Olympic Team. With a pair of runners on, Patrick Kivlehan (AAA San Diego Padres) cranked a three-run homerun to left field to put the Olympic Team up by five runs in the opening frame.

Kazmir, who struck out the side in the top of the first, continued to dominate in the second inning. The left-hander struck out the first two batters of the second – his fourth and fifth of nine punchouts in the game – in a perfect inning to keep the Olympians up by five.

The Olympic Team offense stayed hot in the second inning, extending its lead to six on a Lopez sacrifice fly. Then, one batter later, Alvarez hit a two-run homer to center field, driving in Nick Allen (AA Oakland A's) to make it 8-0.

After the early offensive outburst, the Olympic Team was held at bay by the Collegiate National Team bullpen. Paul Skenes (Air Force) tossed two scoreless frames in relief, scattering three hits before the Collegiate National Team finally cracked the scoreboard in the fourth on a two-run homer by Jordan Berry (LSU). Berry drove in Brock Jones (Stanford) – who led off the inning with a single – to put the Collegiate National Team within six.

The college squad then trimmed its deficit by one more in the top of the seventh against Edwin Jackson. Hayden Dunhurst (Ole Miss) started the inning with a leadoff bunt single before Kyle Teel (Virginia) and Drew Gilbert (Tennessee) hit back-to-back singles to make it 8-3. Anthony Gose (AAA Cleveland) replaced Jackson though and was able to escape further trouble with a strikeout and groundout to secure the win.

The Olympic Team had nine hits in the win. Kivlehan had a pair of hits, leading the team with three RBIs. Alvarez went 3-for-4 in the win, adding two singles and a stolen base to his homer and Allen reached base in all three of his plate appearances, singling once and walking twice. Kazmir secured the win with his strong five innings of work, finishing the night with nine strikeouts while allowing just three hits and a pair of runs.

Aaron Nixon (Texas) and Jack Washburn both turned in a scoreless inning out of the bullpen for the Collegiate National Team. Gilbert led the team with two hits, while Berry’s two RBIs were a team-best.

The three-game series will continue with game two on Monday night at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, North Carolina, with first pitch set for 6:35 p.m. ET. The contest will be streamed live on USABaseball.com, as well as Facebook and YouTube Live.

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Stripes Close Out Appy League Series with Impressive 11-4 Win

Stars claim series victory with 7-4 overall record
July 16, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E STRIPES (4-7) 0 1 2 2 2 4 0 11 16 1 STARS (7-4) 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 4 9 0 Win: Drew Thorpe (1-1) Loss: Adam Stone (1-1) Save: None Box Score | Play-by-Play |
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STRIPES (4-7) 0 1 2 2 2 4 0 11 16 1
STARS (7-4) 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 4 9 0
Win: Drew Thorpe (1-1) Loss: Adam Stone (1-1) Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative Stats

BLUEFIELD, W. Va. - Six Stripes players posted multiple-hit efforts and the squad scored in five consecutive innings as it closed out the series with an impressive 11-4 victory over the Stars on Thursday night at Bowen Field in Bluefield, W. Va.

Eight Stripes players combined for a summer-high 16 hits, including three hits each from Daniel Susac (Arizona) and Kevin Parada (Georgia Tech).

It was Dylan Beavers (California) who stole the show though, finishing 2-for-2 with three runs scored, three RBIs and a home run in the sixth that put the bow on the victory.

The balanced offensive performance was even more impressive considering the Stripes entered the contest on a 21-inning scoring drought.

For the Stars, Caden Grice (Clemson) launched his first longball of the summer, blasting one to dead-center over the batter’s eye in the second.

Despite the loss on Thursday, the Stars were the overall winners of the 11-game series, which included a tour of all 10 Appalachian League stadiums, finishing with a record of 7-4.

Key Moments

  • It was the Stars who scored first, taking a 1-0 lead in the opening inning after Robert Moore (Arkansas) doubled, moved to third on a groundout and then scored on an RBI single by Gavin Cross (Virginia Tech).
  • The Stripes got the run back in the following frame though when Beavers was hit by a pitch and promptly raced around the bases to even the game on a triple down the right-field line by Drew Gilbert (Tennessee)
  • That was the beginning of a back-and-forth battle over the next few innings as the Stars immediately answered with Grice’s two-run shot in the second.
  • In the top of the third, the Stripes brought the game back to a deadlock with Ethan Long (Arizona State) and Susac both knocking in runs with back-to-back singles.
  • The Stars actually escaped further damage in the inning thanks to a strong throw from Cross in center that cut one run down at the plate and another runner getting caught stealing to end the frame.
  • That momentum carried over into the home half of the third as the Stars moved back out in front, 4-3, on an RBI single by Brooks Lee (Cal Poly).
  • From there it was all Stripes as they outscored the Stars, 8-0, over the final four innings of play.
  • Brock Jones (Stanford) came through in the fourth with the eventual game-winning RBIs as he plated two with a triple down the right-field line.
  • In the fifth, a wild play on a wild pitch that bounced well away from the plate allowing baserunners to score from both second and third.
  • A four-run sixth inning put the game out of reach with Sean McLain (Arizona State) scoring on a base hit by Susac just three batters before Beavers went yard with his three-run bomb to seal the win.

Notable Information

  • The 16 hits for Stripes were a summer high, doubling their previous best of eight on both July 3 and July 7.
  • The 11 runs were also a team-high, topping the seven runs it scored on July 3.
  • With another RBI on Thursday, Cross now has 13 RBIs in 11 games which ranks as the most for either team. He has now driven in a run in four consecutive games and five of the last six.
  • Cross also leads the team with a .455 batting average and 15 hits and is tied with Jacob Berry (LSU) for the team lead with four home runs.
  • Robert Moore (Arkansas) scored once on Thursday upping his team-high in runs scored to 10 for the summer.

On Deck

  • The USA Baseball Collegiate National Team will return to Cary, N.C., where it will play three games against the professional team which is set to compete in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The two teams will first square off at 6:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, July 18, at the USA Baseball National Training Complex.

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Stars Spin Third Straight Shutout, Blank Stripes, 5-0

Stars pitching staff has not allowed a run over the last 21 innings
July 15, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E STARS (7-3) 2 0 0 0 3 0 0 5 8 0 STRIPES (3-7) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 3 Win: Carson Whisenhunt (1-0) Loss: Justin Campbell (0-1) Save: None Box Score | Play-by-Play |
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STARS (7-3) 2 0 0 0 3 0 0 5 8 0
STRIPES (3-7) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 3
Win: Carson Whisenhunt (1-0) Loss: Justin Campbell (0-1) Save: None
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PRINCETON, W. Va. - The Stars continued their recent stretch of domination on the mound Wednesday as three pitchers combined to fire the team’s third consecutive shutout over the Stars, 5-0, at Hunnicutt Field in Princeton, W. Va.

The Stars have not allowed a run over the last 21 innings of play, dating back to the sixth frame in Elizabethton last Friday. Over that stretch, they have yielded just 14 hits and three walks while striking out 21 batters.

Starting pitcher Carson Whisenhunt (East Carolina) picked up the win Wednesday, fanning four over three shutout frames to open the game. Will Sanders (South Carolina) picked up right where he left off, facing just one over the minimum in his three innings of work before Chris Villaman (NC State) closed out the victory with a scoreless ninth.

The top two run producers on this year’s USA Baseball Collegiate National Team, Gavin Cross (Virginia Tech) and Jacob Berry (LSU), continued their torrid tears and are now tied for the team lead with 12 RBIs each.

Cross drove in two runs while going 2-for-3 at the plate to up his batting average to .467 for the summer. Berry finished 1-for-3 with an RBI double, two runs scored, a walk and a stolen base.

Key Moments

  • The Stars came firing out of the gate with a pair of runs in the top of the first. Kyle Teel (Virginia) opened the game with a base hit to right before coming home to score two batters later on Berry’s double. Berry then stole third and Cross brought him home with a sacrifice fly.
  • Three more runs scored in the fifth as a Stripes error led to two unearned runs. Cross also knocked in his second runner of the contest with a single up the middle.
  • The Stripes had only three baserunners over the first six innings, just one of which reached scoring position.
  • They tried to mount a rally in the seventh though as singles from Ethan Long (Arizona State), Kevin Parada (Georgia Tech), and Jordan Sprinkle (UCSB) loaded the bases but Villaman was able to escape unscathed and end the game with his second strikeout.

Notable Information

  • The Stars have now held the Stripes scoreless over the last 21 innings, dating back to the sixth inning of last Friday’s contest in Elizabethton, Tenn.
  • Cross and Berry combined for three RBIs on Wednesday and are now tied for the team lead with 12 RBIs each.
  • Whisenhunt has now struck out 10 batters while walking just one in 6.0 innings this summer with Team USA.

 On Deck

  • The USA Baseball Collegiate National Team will complete its tour of the Appalachian League on Thursday evening when it makes the trip to Bluefield, W. Va. The Stars and Stripes will play at 7 p.m. ET at Bowen Field, home of the Appy League’s Bluefield Ridge Runners.

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Pitching Dominates as Stars Clinch Series with 1-0 Win

Three Stars pitchers combine on six-hit shutout
July 14, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E STARS (6-3) 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 4 1 STRIPES (3-6) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 Win: Brandon Sproat (1-0) Loss: Aaron Nixon (0-2) Save: Landon Sims (1) Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative
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STARS (6-3) 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 4 1
STRIPES (3-6) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Win: Brandon Sproat (1-0) Loss: Aaron Nixon (0-2) Save: Landon Sims (1)
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PULASKI, Va. - Three pitchers combined to throw the second consecutive shutout for the Stars and a Gavin Cross sacrifice fly brought in the only run of the game as they defeated the Stripes, 1-0, on Tuesday evening in Pulaski, Va.

The win was the sixth of the summer for the Stars (6-3) as they clinched the series victory over the Stripes (3-6).

Stars starting pitcher Brandon Sproat picked up the win with three shutout innings in which he struck out four. Paul Skenes (Air Force) followed with a pair of punchouts in two innings before Landon Sims (Mississippi State) fanned two in his one frame of work to pick up the save.

The Stripes pitching staff also impressed on Tuesday, starting with southpaw Cole Kirschsieper (Illinois) who yielded only two hits and struck out two over three innings in his Team USA debut. Devereaux Harrison (LBSU) and Reggie Crawford (UCONN) added a scoreless inning each as well.

Cross (Virginia Tech) was held hitless for just the second time in nine games this summer but drove in his 10th run with a sac fly in the sixth inning.

 

Key Moments

  • The Stars put a pair of runners in scoring position in the top of the first but couldn’t cash in as Kirschsieper struck out Brooks Lee (Cal Poly) to leave them both stranded.
  • The Stripes didn’t get a runner to second until the third when they were able to load the bases with two outs but Sproat escaped unscathed as he got Brock Jones (Stanford) to ground out to second.
  • The lone run of the contest came in the fifth as a pair of walks and a single by Robert Moore (Arkansas) loaded the bases for Cross who lifted a fly ball to left to bring Kyle Teel (Virginia) in to score.
  • The Stripes threatened in the ninth with a pair of singles and an error putting runners on second and third with two outs but Sims was able to get Carter Trice (Old Dominion) swinging on a high fastball to end the game.

 

Notable Information

  • The Stars have now held the Stripes scoreless over the last 14 innings, dating back to the sixth inning of last Friday’s contest in Elizabethton, Tenn.
  • Wi Cross’ RBI was his 10th of the summer, placing him in second among all Team USA players behind only Jacob Berry’s (LSU) 11 RBIs.
  • Hayden Dunhurst (Ole Miss) threw out his team-leading third potential base-stealer of the summer.
  • With his 1-2-3 inning in the sixth, Crawford has now allowed just one hit and struck out eight with no walks in four innings of work this summer.

 
On Deck

  • The USA Baseball Collegiate National Team will have travel to Princeton, W. Va., on Wednesday. First pitch is slated for 7 p.m. ET at Hunnicutt Field, home of the Appalachian League’s Princeton WhistlePigs.


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Twenty-Seven USA Baseball Alumni Selected to 2021 MLB All-Star Game

Seven former Team USA players selected to NL and AL starting lineups
July 12, 2021
CARY, N.C. – Twenty-seven USA Baseball alumni have been selected to the 2021 MLB All-Star Game, which is set to take place at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado, on Tuesday, July 13, at 7:30 p.m ET. Nearly half of the National League (NL) roster has suited up for the red,

CARY, N.C. – Twenty-seven USA Baseball alumni have been selected to the 2021 MLB All-Star Game, which is set to take place at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado, on Tuesday, July 13, at 7:30 p.m ET.

Nearly half of the National League (NL) roster has suited up for the red, white, and blue in the past, with sixteen alums on the All-Star team in 2021. In addition, eight American League (AL) players have experience with USA Baseball.

Seven alumni were selected to the starting lineup, with six NL starters having previously represented USA Baseball. Nolan Arenado (St. Louis Cardinals), Nick Castellanos (Cincinnati Reds), Adam Frazier (Pittsburgh Pirates), Freddie Freeman (Atlanta Braves), and Jesse Winker (Cincinnati Reds) will all be in the NL starting lineup on Tuesday night. Buster Posey (San Francisco Giants) was also selected to the starting lineup but will not play due to injury.

Mike Trout (Los Angeles Angels) was voted into the starting lineup for the AL but will not participate due to injury.

Additionally, 12 2021 All-Star Game participants have won a gold medal with Team USA. The roster features representatives from eight different gold medal-winning teams, including three members of the 2017 World Baseball Classic team that won the organization’s first-ever championship at the event.

In total, 15 players competed for the Collegiate National Team, while eight played for the Professional National Team, seven suited up for the 18U National Team, and two were members of the 16U National Team.

The full list of USA Baseball alumni that appear on 2021 All-Star Game rosters is as follows:

    • Name; MLB Team; USA Baseball Team(s):
    • Nolan Arenado; St. Louis Cardinals; 2017 World Baseball Classic Team
    • Matt Barnes; Boston Red Sox; 2010 Collegiate National Team
    • Kris Bryant; Chicago Cubs; 2012 Collegiate National Team
    • Walker Buehler; Los Angeles Dodgers; 2014 Collegiate National Team
    • Nick Castellanos; Cincinnati Reds; 2009 18U National Team
    • Gerrit Cole; New York Yankees; 2009-2010 Collegiate National Team
    • Brandon Crawford; San Francisco Giants; 2006 Collegiate National Team, 2017 World Baseball Classic
    • Jake Cronenworth; San Diego Padres; 2019 Professional National Team
    • Adam Frazier; Pittsburgh Pirates; 2012 Collegiate National Team, 2015 Professional National Team
    • Freddie Freeman; Atlanta Braves; 2005 16U National Team, 2006 18U National Team
    • Joey Gallo; Texas Rangers; 2011 18U National Team
    • Kevin Gausman; San Francisco Giants; 2009 18U National Team, 2011 Collegiate National Team
    • Kyle Gibson; Texas Rangers; 2008 Collegiate National Team
    • Josh Hader; Milwaukee Brewers; 2015 Professional National Team
    • Craig Kimbrel; Chicago Cubs; 2013 World Baseball Classic Team
    • Lance Lynn; Chicago White Sox; 2007 Collegiate National Team
    • Manny Machado; San Diego Padres; 2009 18U National Team
    • Mark Melancon; San Diego Padres; 2005 Collegiate National Team, 2017 World Baseball Classic Team
    • Matt Olson; Oakland Athletics; 2010 16U National Team
    • *Buster Posey; San Francisco Giants; 2004 18U National Team
    • Bryan Reynolds; Pittsburgh Pirates; 2014 Collegiate National Team
    • Carlos Rodón; Chicago White Sox; 2012-2013 Collegiate National Team
    • Max Scherzer; Washington Nationals; 2005 Collegiate National Team
    • Kyle Schwarber; Washington Nationals; 2013 Collegiate National Team
    • *Mike Trout; Los Angeles Angels; 2010 Professional National Team
    • Trea Turner; Washington Nationals; 2012-2013 Collegiate National Team
    • Jesse Winker; Cincinnati Reds; 2011 18U National Team
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    • *Denotes All-Star that will not play due to injury
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Six USA Baseball Alumni Taken in First Night of 2021 Major League Baseball Draft

2018 18U National Team alum Jack Leiter selected by Rangers with second overall pick
July 12, 2021
CARY, N.C. – Six USA Baseball alumni were selected in the first round of the 2021 Major League Baseball Draft on Sunday night, including second overall pick Jack Leiter. USA Baseball has now had 529 total athletes drafted in the first round since 1972. Leiter (No. 2, Texas Rangers) was the

CARY, N.C. – Six USA Baseball alumni were selected in the first round of the 2021 Major League Baseball Draft on Sunday night, including second overall pick Jack Leiter. USA Baseball has now had 529 total athletes drafted in the first round since 1972.

Leiter (No. 2, Texas Rangers) was the first USA Baseball alum taken in the 2021 draft. The Rangers have now drafted a USA Baseball alumnus with their first-round pick in three consecutive drafts (Josh Jung, 2019; Justin Foscue, 2020). Leiter pitched for the 2018 18U National Team, striking out 20 and allowing zero earned runs to help the stars and stripes clinch gold at the 2018 COPABE U-18 Pan-American Championships.

Two more alumni were selected in the Draft’s first 10 picks with 2019 Collegiate National Team outfielder Colton Cowser coming off the board next as the fifth overall pick by the Baltimore Orioles. Kumar Rocker, who won a world championship with the 2017 18U National Team, was selected 10th overall by the New York Mets.

Two-time national team alum Brady House immediately followed Rocker, going to the Washington Nationals with the 11th pick. House is an alum of both the world-champion 2015 12U and 2018 15U National Teams. He was joined on the board two picks later by 15U National Team teammate Andy Painter, who went 13th overall to the Philadelphia Phillies.

2015 12U National Team alum Cooper Kinney was selected 34th overall by the Tampa Bay Rays to round out the first round for USA Baseball.

Four national team programs were represented in the first round of the 2021 MLB Draft. In total, the six alumni selected in the opening round have won a total of six gold medals in international competition.

Nine athletes taken in the first round have participated in the National Team Development Program, including Marcelo Mayer (No. 4, Boston Red Sox), Jordan Lawlar (No. 6, Arizona Diamondbacks), Rocker, House, Painter, Max Muncy (No. 25, Oakland Athletics), Maddux Bruns (No. 29, Los Angeles Dodgers), Joe Mack (No. 31, Miami Marlins), and Kinney.

The 2021 MLB Draft will continue on Monday, July 12, at 1 p.m. ET.

The full list of USA Baseball alumni selected in the first round of the 2021 MLB Draft is as follows:

    • Round-Pick; Name; MLB Team; USA Baseball Team(s)
    • 1-2; Jack Leiter; Texas Rangers; 2018 18U National Team
    • 1-5; Colton Cowser; Baltimore Orioles, 2019 Collegiate National Team
    • 1-10; Kumar Rocker; New York Mets; 2017 18U National Team
    • 1-11; Brady House; Washington Nationals; 2015 12U National Team, 2018 15U National Team
    • 1-13; Andy Painter; Philadelphia Phillies; 2018 15U National Team
    • 1-34; Cooper Kinney; Tampa Bay Rays; 2015 12U National Team
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Stars Fire Two-Hitter, Launch Four Home Runs in 7-0 Win

Gavin Cross finishes 3-for-4 with two home runs, a double and a stolen base
July 11, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E STARS (5-3) 3 0 2 1 0 0 1 7 9 0 STRIPES (3-5) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 Win: Blade Tidwell (1-0) Loss: Drew Thorpe (0-1) Save: None Box Score | Play-by-Play |
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STARS (5-3) 3 0 2 1 0 0 1 7 9 0
STRIPES (3-5) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
Win: Blade Tidwell (1-0) Loss: Drew Thorpe (0-1) Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative Stats

KINGSPORT, Tenn. - Three pitchers combined to throw a combined two-hitter and the Stars launched four home runs, including two from Gavin Cross, as they cruised to a 7-0 shutout over the Stripes on Saturday night at Hunter Wright Stadium in Kingsport, Tenn.

Stars starter Blade Tidwell (Tennessee) retired all nine batters that he faced to open the game before handing the ball over to Parker Messick (Florida State) who yielded just a walk and a double in his three scoreless innings.

Carson Palmquist (Miami) closed out the contest by putting a zero up on the board in his one inning of work to seal the first shutout for either team this summer.

At the plate, all seven of the Stars’ runs came via the longball. Cross (Virginia Tech) finished the evening 3-for-4 with home runs in the third and seventh innings to go along with a base hit and a stolen base. The Bristol, Tenn., native is now hitting at a blistering .480 clip through the first eight games of the summer.

In addition to Cross’ two blasts, Jacob Berry (LSU) and Logan Tanner (Mississippi State) also hit home runs in the win. Berry’s three-run bomb came in the top of the first and was his fourth of the summer, which is tied with Cross for the team lead.

Key Moments

  • The Stars wasted no time at all offensively Saturday with Kyle Teel (Virginia) jumping on the first pitch of the game for a leadoff double. Robert Moore (Arkansas) followed with a single before Berry crushed a 3-2 pitch over the wall in right for a three-run home run.
  • Caden Grice (Clemson) made the defensive play of the day in the bottom of the second when he made a leaping grab up against the wall in right to rob Brock Jones (Stanford) of a home run.
  • Cross kept the momentum going in the third unleashing a monster 434-foot two-run shot to make it a 5-0 game.
  • Tanner tacked on another run in the top of the fourth which he led off by rocketing a 107-mph line drive off of the left field foul pole for his first Team USA home run.
  • Cross tied the ribbon on the win with his second home run of the game, a solo shot in the seventh.

Notable Information

  • Stars pitchers faced just three batters over the minimum in the win, yielding only two hits and one walk.
  • With three more hits on Saturday, Cross now has a team-high 12 this summer, three more than any other player.
  • Cross is also leading the team in batting average (.480) and OPS (1.559) and is tied for the team lead in stolen bases (3) and home runs (4).
  • Berry also has four home runs, including his three-run shot Saturday which upped his team-leading RBI total to 11.
  • Stripes pitchers Jaxon Wiggins (Arkansas) and Drew Thorpe (Cal Poly) both added three strikeouts Saturday to tie them with Chris Villaman (NC State) for the team lead with nine punchouts.
  • Saturday’s contest marked the first time in eight games in which the Stars scored the first run of the contest.


On Deck

  • The USA Baseball Collegiate National Team will have two days off before it next takes the field again in Pulaski, Va., on Tuesday, July 13. The ninth game between the Stars and Stripes will be played at 7 p.m. at Calfee Park, home of the Appalachian League’s Princeton WhistlePigs.


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Eight-Run Fifth Propels Stars to Series Lead

Chris Villaman picks up win with five strikeouts in 2.2 innings
July 10, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E STRIPES (3-4) 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 3 7 1 STARS (4-3) 0 0 0 0 8 0 X 8 10 1 Win: Chris Villaman (1-0) Loss: Jack Washburn (0-1) Save: None Box Score | Play-by-Play |
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STRIPES (3-4) 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 3 7 1
STARS (4-3) 0 0 0 0 8 0 X 8 10 1
Win: Chris Villaman (1-0) Loss: Jack Washburn (0-1) Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative Stats

ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. - An eight-run fifth inning in which the Stars sent 10 batters to the plate, five of which drove in runs, proved to be plenty as they defeated the Stripes, 8-3, Friday night at Riverside Park in Elizabethton, Tenn.

Eight different Stars players recorded at least one hit in the contest, including 2-for-3 efforts from both Gavin Cross (Virginia Tech) and Kyle Teel (Virginia).

Chris Villaman (NC State) picked up the win with five strikeouts in 2.2 innings in relief of his collegiate teammate Sam Highfill (NC State) who fanned four batters of his own in 3.0 innings of one-run ball.

Landon Sims recorded the final four outs for the Stars, punching out three. Gabriel Hughes (Gonzaga) gave the Stripes squad a solid start, needing just 39 pitches (26 strikes) to post three shutout innings.

Key Moments

  • For the seventh time in as many games, the Stripes got on the scoreboard first taking a 1-0 lead after a leadoff double by Drew Gilbert (Tennessee), a passed ball and an RBI double by Ethan Long (Arizona State).
  • The two teams traded zeroes until the fifth when the Stripes struck again with a bases-loaded walk to Long for his second RBI of the game.
  • The Stars came roaring back in the home half of the frame though, erupting for eight runs on six hits.
  • The first five batters in the inning reached base with either a walk or a single, including run-scoring hits from Teel, Logan Tanner (Mississippi State) and Robert Moore (Arkansas).
  • Jacob Berry made it a 4-2 game with a sacrifice fly before Cross and Brooks Lee (Cal Poly) loaded the bases once again with back-to-back base hits.
  • Jacob Gonzalez (Ole Miss) broke the game open three pitches later with a two-run single to center.
  • Due to pitch count restrictions, the inning was brought to an end one out early and both remaining baserunners were tallied as runs based on a prior arrangement between the two teams for that situation.
  • The Stripes got one run back with an RBI groundout off the bat of Dylan Beavers (California) but Sims came out of the bullpen and slammed the door shut by striking out three of the four batters he faced to close out the contest.
  • Reggie Crawford (UCONN) also impressed on the mound for the Stripes, striking out the side in the bottom of the sixth.

 

Notable Information

  • With two hits each on Friday, both Cross and Gilbert have nine hits this summer, tying for the team lead.
  • Hayden Dunhust (Ole Miss) gunned down back-to-back potential basestealers at second in the second inning.
  • After striking out five on Friday, Villaman now leads both squads with nine punchouts this summer.
  • Friday’s contest was just the second of the summer that did not feature a home run and the first since the series opener in Danville on July 2.

 

On Deck

  • The USA Baseball Collegiate National Team will conclude the Tri-Cities portion of its Appalachian League tour on Saturday evening when the Stars and Stripes take the field in Kingsport, Tenn. First pitch is slated for 7 p.m. ET at Hunter Wright Stadium, home of the Appy League’s Kingsport Axmen.

 

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Cross' Storybook Slam Helps Stars Even Series

July 9, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E STARS (3-3) 0 0 0 0 4 1 0 5 5 3 STRIPES (3-3) 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 5 1 Win: Adam Stone (1-0) Loss: Jackson Fristoe (0-1) Save: Carson Palmquist (1) Box Score |
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
STARS (3-3) 0 0 0 0 4 1 0 5 5 3
STRIPES (3-3) 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 5 1
Win: Adam Stone (1-0) Loss: Jackson Fristoe (0-1) Save: Carson Palmquist (1)
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BRISTOL, Va. - A storybook grand slam by Gavin Cross in his hometown erased a four-run deficit in one swing and Jacob Berry plated the eventual game-winning run with a sacrifice fly as the Stars evened the series at three games each with a 5-4 win over the Stripes Thursday evening at Boyce Cox Field in Bristol, Va.

With his team trailing 4-0 in the fifth, Cross (Virginia Tech) stepped up to the plate with two outs and the bases loaded after a pair of walks and a hit batter. He promptly tied the game with one swing, depositing a 1-0 slider high on to the hill beyond the wall in right-center.

Berry (LSU) added another tally to the scoreboard an inning later with a sac fly to center which proved to be the game winner as pitchers Adam Stone (Harvard) and Carson Palmquist (Miami) combined for four scoreless innings to close out the contest.

Josh White (California) gave the Stripes a solid start on the mound, striking out three and allowing just two hits in three innings of work. Drew Gilbert (Tennessee) and Kevin Parada (Georgia Tech) also had two hits each in the losing effort.

Carson Whisenhunt (East Carolina) gave the Stars a solid start, punching out six in three innings of one-run ball. Landon Sims (Mississippi State) made his summer debut with a 1-2-3 inning in the sixth.

Cross Quote

    • “I honestly blacked out a little when I hit it. That was probably the most fun I have ever had and may ever have on a baseball field. It was awesome. I know probably 90 percent of the people here tonight with so many friends and family coming out to show their support. It was once-in-a-lifetime.”

Key Moments

      • The Stripes raced out to a 4-0 lead in the second inning, taking advantage of a pair of errors, a hit batter and a walk.
      • Sean McLain (Arizona State) brought in the first run with an RBI groundout and Gilbert followed with a run-scoring single. Carter Trice (Old Dominion) and Jordan Sprinkle (UCSB) plated the next two runs with another RBI groundout and a double, respectively.
      • Cross’ fifth-inning grand slam was his second home run of the summer with the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team.
      • With his sac fly in the sixth, Berry drove in his seventh run of the summer which is the most of any player on either the Stars or Stripes.

On Deck

      • The USA Baseball Collegiate National Team will continue the Tennessee portion of its Appalachian League tour on Friday evening. The Stars and Stripes will square off at 7 p.m. ET in Elizabethton, Tenn., home of the Appy League’s Elizabethton River Riders.

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Stripes Use Four-Run Fourth to Take Out Stars, 5-2

Jace Jung goes 2-for-2 with a home run, double and a walk
July 8, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E STRIPES (3-2) 0 1 0 4 0 0 5 8 0 STARS (2-3) 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 5 0 Win: Tanner Witt (1-0) Loss: Will Sanders (0-1) Save: Reggie Crawford Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative Stats
  1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
STRIPES (3-2) 0 1 0 4 0 0 5 8 0
STARS (2-3) 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 5 0
Win: Tanner Witt (1-0) Loss: Will Sanders (0-1) Save: Reggie Crawford
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JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - Solo home runs from Brock Jones and Jace Jung paved the way for the Stripes to cruise past the Stars, 5-2, Wednesday evening at TVA Credit Union Ballpark in Johnson City, Tenn.

Jung’s longball to lead off the fourth sparked a four-run frame which proved to be the difference in the contest. The Texas Tech standout finished 2-for-2 at the plate with a double, a walk, a run and an RBI.

Jordan Sprinkle (UCSB) also struck a big blow, lacing a two-run double to left-center, and Sean McLain added a 2-for-3 effort at the dish. Jones’ (Stanford) blast in the second tied him for the team lead this summer with three home runs.

Tanner Witt (Texas) picked up the win after yielding just one run on two hits in three innings of work. Reggie Crawford (UCONN) slammed the door at the end of the game, fanning two in the final frame to earn the save.

Carson Whisenhunt (East Carolina) gave the Stars a solid start, punching out six in three innings of one-run ball. Landon Sims (Mississippi State) made his summer debut with a 1-2-3 inning in the sixth.

Key Moments

  • For the second day in a row, Jones got the scoring started in the second inning with a home run.
  • The Stars answered back in the third though when back-to-back singles by Dylan Crews (LSU) and Robert Moore (Arkansas) and a wild pitch brought in a run.
  • Jung opened the following frame by crushing a 2-2 pitch 412 feet over the wall in right.
  • The Stripes continued to apply the pressure, plating another run with a pair of singles, including a perfectly-executed hit-and-run, and a double steal with Daniel Susac (Arizona) swiping home.
  • After a base hit by McLain and a walk to Caden Trice (Clemson), Sparkle smashed a two-bagger to left-center to bring both runners in and make it a 5-1 game.
  • Brooks Lee (Cal Poly) capped the scoring in the home half of the fourth with an opposite-field bomb over the Dr. Enuf sign in left-center. 

 

On Deck

  • The USA Baseball Collegiate National Team will continue the Tennessee portion of its Appalachian League tour with a visit to DeVault Memorial Stadium in Bristol, Va., home of the Bristol State Liners. First pitch between the Stars and Stripes is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.

 

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Barco and Back-to-Back Bombs Lead Stars to 7-3 Triumph

Barco fans 8 in 3.0 innings, Berry and Cross go back-to-back in fifth
July 7, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E STARS (2-2) 0 0 0 3 4 0 0 7 9 1 STRIPES (2-2) 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 3 5 1 Win: Hunter Barco (1-0) Loss: Aaron Nixon (0-1) Save: None Box Score | Play-by-Play |
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
STARS (2-2) 0 0 0 3 4 0 0 7 9 1
STRIPES (2-2) 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 3 5 1
Win: Hunter Barco (1-0) Loss: Aaron Nixon (0-1) Save: None
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GREENEVILLE, Tenn. - Back-to-back home runs by Jacob Berry and Gavin Cross capped a seven-run burst over two innings for the Stars as they cruised to a 7-3 victory over the Stripes Tuesday evening at Pioneer Park in Greeneville, Tenn.

Florida teammates Brandon Sproat and Hunter Barco combined to strike out 12 batters and yield just three hits over six strong innings. Sproat started and fanned four before handing the ball over to Barco who punched out eight of the 10 batters that he faced to earn the win.

The home run by Berry (LSU) was his team-leading third of the summer, all of which have come in the last three games. Cross finished 3-for-4 at the dish with a pair of singles to go along with his longball. Both players had two RBIs each as well.

All three runs for the Stripes came via the longball as Brock Jones (Stanford) hit a two-run blast in the second and Reggie Crawford (UCONN) led off the bottom of the seventh with a solo shot. Kevin Parada (Georgia Tech) added a 2-for-3 effort with a double as well.

Key Moments

  • Jones got the scoring started in the second with his second home run of the summer, giving the Stripes a 2-0 lead.
  • Justin Campbell (Oklahoma State) gave the Stripes three fantastic innings on the mound to open the contest, striking out four and allowing just one hit. He faced the minimum over his three frames, picking off the only runner to reach base.
  • The Stars got rolling in the fourth when the first five batters of the inning were all able to get on base. RBI singles from Cross and Brooks Lee (Cal Poly) and a run-scoring groundout by Jacob Gonzalez (Ole Miss) put the Stars up 3-2.
  • The scoring barrage continued in the fifth which Kyle Teel (Virginia) opened with a leadoff double before coming home to score just moments later on a single by Robert Moore (Arkansas)
  • Berry and Cross followed with back-to-back home runs to push the advantage to 7-3 in favor of the Stars.
  • The final run of the game came on Crawford’s leadoff longball in the seventh.

 On Deck

  • The USA Baseball Collegiate National Team will continue the Tennessee portion of its Appalachian League tour with a visit to TVA Credit Union Stadium in Johnson City, Tenn., home of the Johnson City Doughboys. First pitch between the Stars and Stripes is set for 7 p.m. ET.

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Fourth of July Fireworks Help Stars Claim First Win

Home runs by Jacob Berry and Dylan Crews erase four-run deficit
July 4, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E STRIPES 1 3 0 0 0 0 4 6 0 STARS 0 1 2 2 0 0 5 9 2 Win: Nate Savino (1-0) Loss: Josh White (0-1) Save:Christopher Villaman (1) Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative Stats CARY, N.C.
  1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
STRIPES 1 3 0 0 0 0 4 6 0
STARS 0 1 2 2 0 0 5 9 2
Win: Nate Savino (1-0) Loss: Josh White (0-1) Save:Christopher Villaman (1)
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CARY, N.C. - Home runs off the bats of Jacob Berry and Dylan Crews helped the Stars erase a four-run deficit and claim their first win of the summer with a 5-4 victory over the Stripes on the Fourth of July at the USA Baseball National Training Complex.

Berry barreled up balls all afternoon, finishing a triple away from the cycle with a 3-for-4 effort at the plate. He hit his second home run in as many days, crushing a three-run blast down the right field line in the third. The Queen Creek, Ariz., native also had a double in the first and a single in the fourth.

The winning blow came in the fourth when Crews (LSU) put a dent in the scoreboard in right to bring in a pair of runs which served as the eventual game winners. Brooks Lee (Cal Poly) also had a strong day for the Stars, going 3-for-3 with a run and a stolen base.

The winning blow came in the fourth when Crews (LSU) put a dent in the Nate Savino (Virginia) and Christopher Villaman (NC State) picked up the win and the save, respectively, with two shutout innings on the mound each. The duo combined to fan seven batters in those four frames, with Savino striking out three and Villaman punching out four.

Key Moments

  • The Stripes jumped in front early when Jace Jung (Texas Tech) singled, stole second and scored on a base hit by Reggie Crawford (UCONN) in the top of the first inning.
  • They continued to pad their lead in the second when they were able to push across three two-out runs on an RBI triple by Jordan Sprinkle (UCSB), a run-scoring single by Drew Gilbert (Tennessee) and a Stars error.
  • Down 4-0, the Stars got one of the tallies back in the home half of the second as Lee doubled, moved to third on a single by Kyle Teel (Virginia) and scored on a wild pitch.
  • The Stars continued to cut into the deficit in the third when Berry followed a leadoff walk to Robert Moore (Arkansas) with a home run down the right-field line to make it a 4-3 game.
  • The biggest swing of the afternoon came in the fourth when Crews took a 2-0 pitch and drove it off the top of the scoreboard in right to complete the comeback and put the Stars in front, 5-4.

On Deck

  • The USA Baseball Collegiate National Team will have a travel day on Monday as it heads out to complete its tour of the Appalachian League. The Stars and Stripes will next be in action at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, July 6 at Pioneer Park in Greeneville, Tenn., home of the Greeneville Flyboys. 

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Longballs Lift Stripes to 7-4 Victory

July 4, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E STARS 0 0 3 0 0 0 1 4 7 1 USA 3 1 0 0 2 1 0 7 8 0 Win: Gabriel Hughes (1-0) Loss: Blade Tidwell (0-1) Save: None Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative Stats
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
STARS 0 0 3 0 0 0 1 4 7 1
USA 3 1 0 0 2 1 0 7 8 0
Win: Gabriel Hughes (1-0) Loss: Blade Tidwell (0-1) Save: None
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BURLINGTON, N.C. - Powered by home runs from Brock Jones and Carter Trice, the Stripes claimed a 7-4 victory over the Stars on Saturday evening at Burlington Athletic Stadium in Burlington, N.C.

Drew Gilbert (Tennessee) and Ethan Long (Arizona State) each went 2-for-4 at the plate and combined to score three runs from the top of the Stripes lineup. Dylan Crews (LSU) had a pair of singles as well as the Stars’ leadoff hitter.

Picking up the win on the mound was Stripes starter Gabriel Hughes (Gonzaga) who yielded three runs on four hits in three innings of work. Jack Washburn followed with three shutout frames before Jaxon Wiggins (Arkansas) fanned two in the seventh to close out the win.

Key Moments

  • Jones (Stanford) wasted little time getting his team on the scoreboard, crushing a three-run opposite field longball in the bottom of the first.
  • Trice (Old Dominion) followed with a no-doubter of his own the following inning to put the Stripes up 4-0 early.
  • After dropping the series opener Friday night, the Stars were determined to fight back, however, with Jacob Berry (Arizona) answering right back with a three-run shot in the third to make it a 4-3 game.
  • Kevin Parada (Georgia Tech) dashed those comeback thoughts though, roping a two-run double to left-center in the fifth.
  • Long tacked on one more run for the Stripes with a double in the sixth and a run-scoring groundout by Robert Moore (Arkansas) in the seventh rounded out the tally on the scoreboard.

 On Deck

  • The Stars and Stripes will return to the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C., for a 1:30 p.m. ET contest on Sunday, July 4.

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Stripes Take Series Opener in Danville

Jordan Sprinkle finishes 2-for-2 with an RBI, run scored and stolen base
July 3, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E STRIPES 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 3 6 1 STARS 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 3 6 2 Box Score | Play-by-Play | Overall Stats Danville, Va.- Jordan Sprinkle set the tone in the series opener
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
STRIPES 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 3 6 1
STARS 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 3 6 2

Danville, Va.- Jordan Sprinkle set the tone in the series opener for the 2021 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team, scoring a run, driving in another and playing a flawless shortstop to lead the Stripes to a tiebreaker victory over the Stars Friday evening at American Legion Field in Danville, Va.

At the completion of seven full innings, the two teams found themselves deadlocked at 3-3. The Stripes walked away victorious due to a predetermined tiebreaker rule, however.

The Stripes earned two tiebreaker points for winning both the first three innings (1-0) and innings four through six (2-1). The Stars earned only one point after winning the seventh inning (2-0).

Sprinkle led the way for the Stripes, finishing 2-for-2 at the plate with a single and a double, an RBI on a sacrifice fly and a stolen base.

A pair of University of Texas products helped maintain the Stripes lead on the mound as Tanner Witt and Aaron Nixon combined to throw five innings of one-run ball. Witt fanned two batters in three scoreless innings, while Nixon yielded just one run on two hits in his two frames of work.

Witt’s effort was particularly impressive as he found himself in a jam straight out of the gate as the Stars loaded the bases in the bottom of the first. He was able to get Kyle Teel (Virginia) swinging to escape unscathed and then retired the side in order in the next two innings.

Sprinkle got the scoring started in the top of the third, using his speed to create a run. The UC Santa Barbara standout led off the frame by hustling out a double before stealing third and scoring on an error.

Just two innings later, Sprinkle came through for the Stripes again. After a leadoff walk, a stolen base and a passed ball put a runner on third with just one out, Sprinkle lifted a sacrifice fly to center to put his team up 2-0.

The Stars answered right back in the bottom of the fifth though, when Hayden Dunhurst (Ole Miss) lined out sharply to right. Although Dylan Beavers (California) made a terrific diving grab on the play, it went down as a sacrifice fly with Gavin Cross (Virginia Tech) tagging and scoring from third.

The great outfield defense continued in the sixth when Teel made an incredible throw from left field to cut down a runner at the plate, but a walk and an error in that same inning allowed the Stripes to score an unearned run and take a 3-1 advantage.

Undeterred, the Stars’ bats came alive in the bottom of the seventh when a walk and a single put two runners on for Dylan Crews (LSU) who drove them both in with a game-tying double.

The Stars and Stripes will take the field again at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday when they travel to Burlington Athletic Stadium in Burlington, N.C.

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USA Baseball Announces 2021 Collegiate National Team Roster

45-man roster will be split into Stars and Stripes teams for an intrasquad series starting July 2
July 1, 2021
CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball today announced the 45-man 2021 Collegiate National Team roster that will be split into two teams to compete in an 11-game Stars vs. Stripes intrasquad series starting on July 2. The team will be led in 2021 by Manager Elliott Avent (NC State). “We are thrilled

CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball today announced the 45-man 2021 Collegiate National Team roster that will be split into two teams to compete in an 11-game Stars vs. Stripes intrasquad series starting on July 2. The team will be led in 2021 by Manager Elliott Avent (NC State).

“We are thrilled to have such a strong group representing the U.S. on the 2021 Collegiate National Team as we tour through the cities of the Appalachian League this summer,” said Eric Campbell, USA Baseball Collegiate National Team General Manager. “This year’s team offers a unique experience to play with, and against, some of the best collegiate baseball talent in the country in some of the best baseball communities, and we are looking forward to an incredible series.”

The roster is highlighted by eight USA Baseball alumni, including three that have played for Team USA multiple times. Justin Campbell (Oklahoma State), Dylan Crews (LSU), and Robert Moore (Arkansas) have all suited up for the red, white, and blue twice. Campbell helped the 2013 12U National Team win the program’s first-ever gold medal at the International Baseball Federation “A” World Cup, and Crews and Moore were teammates, along with Tanner Witt (Texas), on the 2017 15U National Team that won gold at the COPABE Pan Am “AA” Championships.

Moore will also reunite with his 2014 12U National Team teammate Paul Skenes (Air Force) on the 2021 Collegiate National Team, while Crews was part of the 2018 18U National Team that won the program’s eighth consecutive gold medal in international competition at the COPABE U-18 Pan American Championships.

Additionally, Nate Savino (Virginia) was a member of the 18U National Team program in 2019, and Campbell, Ethan Long (Arizona State), and Landon Sims (Mississippi State) will play together on Team USA for the second time in their careers in 2021 after participating with the 15U National Team in 2016.

Eight of the athletes on the 2021 roster also participated in the USA Baseball National Team Development Program (NTDP), including two-time participants of the program Moore and Aaron Nixon (Texas). Moore was a member of the 2016 14U NTDP along with Jacob Gonzalez (Ole Miss) and Crews, and was joined by Witt at the 2018 16U NTDP, while Nixon participated in the 2015 14U NTDP with Brooks Lee (Cal Poly), Long, and Sims. In addition, Nixon was also part of the 17U NTDP in 2018.

Thirty different schools are represented on the 2021 Collegiate National Team roster, with 12 boasting multiple athletes. Mississippi State and Virginia lead the way with three players each, while Arizona, Arizona State, Arkansas, Cal Poly, California, Florida, NC State, Ole Miss, Tennessee, and Texas all claim two.

The Collegiate National Team will not play an international opponent in 2021; instead, the Stars and Stripes will play an intrasquad series with 10 of their 11 games in the cities of the Appalachian League which is currently in its first season as a summer collegiate league as part of the Prospect Development Pipeline (PDP). The Appalachian League also serves as a national team pathway and identification event for the Collegiate National Team and other USA Baseball national teams.

Team USA will kick-off its tour on Friday, July 2, in Danville, Virginia, and will finish the series on Thursday, July 15, in Bluefield, West Virginia. The U.S. will also play on the Fourth of July at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina. For the team’s full summer schedule, click here.

Avent, who just finished his 25th season as the head coach at NC State with an appearance in the 2021 College World Series, was named the manager of Team USA in April. He will be joined on staff by pitching coach Kevin O’Sullivan (Florida), as well as Bobby Austin (Mississippi State), Dan Hartleb (Illinois), Kobe Phillips (NC Central), Josh Pike (NC State), Alex Sogard (Wright State), Troy Tulowitzki (Texas), and Jerry Weinstein (Colorado Rockies).

Sogard and Weinstein will manage the Stars and Stripes teams, respectively, and Josh Pike of NC State will assist O’Sullivan as Team USA’s pitching coach technician.

The full 45-man 2021 Collegiate National Team Roster is as follows:

    • 2021 Collegiate National Team Roster
    • (Name; Position; Hometown; School)
    •  Hunter Barco; LHP; Jacksonville, Fla.; Florida
    • Dylan Beavers; OF; Paso Robles, Calif.; California
    • Jacob Berry; INF; Queen Creek, Ariz.; Arizona
    • Justin Campbell; RHP; Simi Valley, Calif.; Oklahoma State
    • Reggie Crawford; LHP/INF; Frackville, Pa.; UCONN
    • Dylan Crews; OF; Longwood, Fla.; LSU
    • Gavin Cross; OF; Bristol, Tenn.; Virginia Tech
    • Hayden Dunhurst; C; Carriere, Miss.; Ole Miss
    • Jackson Fristoe; RHP; Paducah, Ky.; Mississippi State
    • Drew Gilbert; LHP/OF; Stillwater, Minn.; Tennessee
    • Jacob Gonzalez; INF; Glendora, Calif.; Ole Miss
    • Caden Grice; 1B/LHP; Greer, S.C.; Clemson
    • Devereaux Harrison; OF/RHP; Vacaville, Calif.; Long Beach State
    • Sam Highfill; RHP/INF; Apex, N.C.; NC State
    • Gabe Hughes; RHP; Eagle, Idaho; Gonzaga
    • Brock Jones; OF; Fresno, Calif.; Stanford
    • Jace Jung; INF; Flower Mound, Texas; Texas Tech
    • Brooks Lee; INF; San Luis Obispo, Calif.; Cal Poly
    • Ethan Long; INF/RHP; Gilbert, Ariz.; Arizona State
    • Sean McLain; INF; Tustin, Calif.; Arizona State
    • Parker Messick; LHP; Plant City, Fla.; Florida State
    • Robert Moore; INF; Leawood, Kan.; Arkansas
    • Aaron Nixon; RHP/INF; McAllen, Texas; Texas
    • Carson Palmquist; LHP; Fort Myers, Fla.; Miami
    • Kevin Parada; C; Pasadena, Calif.; Georgia Tech
    • Will Sanders; RHP; Atlanta, Ga.; South Carolina
    • Nate Savino; LHP; Sterling, Va.; Virginia
    • Landon Sims; RHP; Cumming, Ga.; Mississippi State
    • Paul Skenes; C/RHP; Lake Forest, Calif.; Air Force
    • Jordan Sprinkle; INF; Palm Springs, Calif.; UC Santa Barbara
    • Brandon Sproat; RHP; Pace, Fla.; Florida
    • Adam Stone; RHP; Stamford, Conn.; Harvard
    • Daniel Susac; C; Roseville, Calif.; Arizona
    • Logan Tanner; C; Lucedale, Miss.; Mississippi State
    • Kyle Teel; C/INF; Mahwah, N.J.; Virginia
    • Drew Thorpe; RHP; Washington, Utah; Cal Poly
    • Blade Tidwell; RHP; Loretto, Tenn.; Tennessee
    • Carter Trice; INF; Mechanicsville, Va.; Old Dominion
    • Chris Villaman; LHP/INF; High Point, N.C.; NC State
    • Jack Washburn; RHP; Webster, Wisc.
    • Carson Whisenhunt; LHP; Mocksville, N.C.; East Carolina
    • Josh White; RHP; Danville, Calif.; California
    • Jaxon Wiggins; RHP; Roland, Okla.; Arkansas
    • Tanner Witt; RHP/INF; Houston, Texas; Texas
    • Matthew Wyatt; RHP; Towson, Md.; Virginia
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