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U.S. Drops Series Finale in Cuba

Team USA finishes the summer with a 12-3 record and three series wins
July 14, 2018
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
CUBA 2 0 4 2 0 0 4 1 2 15 17 1
USA 1 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 X 4 11 2
Win: V. Banos Loss: J. Doxakis Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play | U.S. Cumulative | Cuba Cumulative
 

HAVANA - Zach Watson (LSU) hit a home run and Adley Rutschman (Oregon State) drove in two runs but it wasn't enough as four different players for Cuba recorded three RBIs each to defeat the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team in the final game of its summer tour, 15-4, at Estadio Latinoamericano on Saturday.

 

Team USA finishes the summer with a final record of 12-3, including series wins over Chinese Taipei, Japan, and Cuba. It has now won its last seven series dating back to the 2016 campaign.

 

Against Cuba, the U.S. has now claimed the past four series, including a pair of series in both Cuba (2016, 2018) and the United States (2015, 2017).

 

Watson finished Saturday's contest 2-for-3 with a walk, two runs scored, and a solo home run in the seventh inning.

 

Rutschman and Spencer Torkelson (Arizona State) also had a pair of hits with Rutschman notching a pair of RBIs on a run-scoring single in the first and a sacrifice fly in the third.

 

After scoring just one run in the first three games combined, the Cuban lineup exploded for 17 hits on Saturday. The first four hitters alone accounted for 11 hits, nine runs, and nine RBIs.

 

Two-time Olympic medalist Frederich Cepeda finished the game 2-for-4 with a double and a three-run home run, while Yordan Mandulay was 4-for-5 with a walk, three runs scored, and three RBIs.

 

Yurisbel Gracial and Guillermo Aviles also drove in three runs each in the victory.

 

Continue to follow @USABaseballCNT on Twitter and visit USABaseball.com for the most up-to-date news about the Collegiate National Team.

 

QUOTES

USA Baseball CNT Manager Paul Mainieri

(On the experience of coaching Team USA)

"This whole experience this summer has been one of the greatest experiences of my life, personally and professionally. That is mostly because of the coaching staff with some of my best friends in the world. We got to spend three weeks together, competing together, working with the players, and it just meant more to me then I can ever express. Second, to put this jersey on that says U-S-A and represent our country is just a very emotional thing. Any time you can do something where you feel like you are contributing to your country in a positive way is so rewarding and you feel so privileged. Third, the experience of meeting 26 new young men who gave everything they had for three weeks, for 15 ball games. I admire them all so much. They all have great talent, but they are also wonderful young men. They are really a credit to their schools, the baseball programs they represent back at their universities, and to our country. They have done nothing except carry themselves in a first-class way. They played great, they were very coachable, and it all just made for an awesome experience for all of us, an experience that we will never forget."

 

(On being a part of USA Baseball once again)

"I just can't say enough about the job that (USA Baseball General Manager, National Teams) Eric Campbell has done. I had the experience three years ago as an assistant coach and to be able to serve as the head coach has been such a privilege. When Eric and I first started talking about it a couple of years ago, I visualized what it would be like to put a staff together and get to pick the team. I can't tell you how perfect everything played out exactly how I dreamed it would. Obviously, we wish we would have won all of our games, but we won all of our series and it was great to see the kids play as well as they did, and in many cases improve I think. I'm sure that this has been an experience most of them will never forget as well. It will mean an awful lot to them. When Eric and I talked about this a few years ago, he and I collectively put the dream together and I can't thank him enough for giving me this opportunity. He is one of my dearest friends in the world. We worked together for six years in college and the opportunity to spend three weeks with him will be something I will always treasure."

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USA Baseball Unveils 2019 Collegiate National Team Training Camp Roster

June 26, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Four Cardinals Headed to Team USA Training Camp

June 26, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Mace Has Opportunity with Team USA - Florida Gators

June 26, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

June 25, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Loftin Invited to 2019 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team Training Camp

June 25, 2019

WACO, Texas - Rising junior shortstop Nick Loftin has officially accepted an invitation to the 2019 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team training camp, it was announced by USA Baseball. 

The talented shortstop becomes the 10thBear in program history to be associated with one of the USA Baseball National Teams and for the first time since 1997-1998 the Bears have back-to-back seasons with participants on the collegiate national team after Shane Langeliers and Cody Bradford participated in 2018. 

"It's a special feeling when you get to put on the Red, White and Blue and play for your country. I couldn't be more thankful for this opportunity," said Loftin. 

In 2019, Loftin started all 53 games he appeared in on the season at shortstop, slashing .323/.380/.502 in his sophomore campaign. His 41 RBIs were third-best on the team, and he tied for the team lead with 76 total hits on the year. Loftin was a First Team All-Big 12 selection for the first time in his career, finishing the regular season batting .332 with 38 RBIs, six home runs, two triples and 16 doubles on a team-high 69 hits. The Corpus Christi, native, also excelled in the classroom, as he was a Second Team Academic All-Big 12 selection. In 2018 as a true freshman, he played in 55 games, making 53 starts at shortstop and in left field. He earned Freshman All-America honors by Collegiate Baseball and Baseball America, was a unanimous Big 12 All-Freshman Team selection and a 2018 Second Team All-Big 12 honoree. 

Loftin currently is playing in the prestigious Cape Cod League for the Hyannis Harbor Hawks, batting .273 (6-for-22) through five games played, with two doubles and one RBI. 

The USA Baseball Collegiate National Team will participate in series of four intrasquad exhibition games and a game against the Coastal Plain League Select before announcing a 26-man roster prior to the 8th USA vs. Cuba International Friendship Series that will take place July 2-6 in Cary, Charlotte, Durham and Hickory, North Carolina. Team USA's 26-man roster will then travel to Taiwan for the 19th USA vs. Chinese Taipei International Friendship Series after which USA Baseball will announce a final 24-man roster to compete in the 43rd USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Star Series from July 16-21 in Japan. 

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Colton Cowser Earns Team USA Invite

June 25, 2019

CARY, N.C. - Freshman all-American and Southland Conference Hitter of the Year Colton Cowser has added another feather to his cap, earning an invitation to the Team USA 2019 Collegiate National Team training camp.

Cowser will head to North Carolina to join other invitees for a camp that runs from June 27 to July 1. The team will be cut down to 26 players in preparation for a number of international series in July.

The USA Baseball Collegiate National Team, led by Louisville head coach Dan McDonnell, will participate in a series of four intrasquad exhibition games and a game against the Coastal Plain Select before announcing the 26-man roster prior to the 8th USA vs Cuba International Friendship Series that will take place July 2-6 in Cary, Charlotte, Durham and Hickory, N.C.

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

Cowser is the third Bearkat to ever earn an invitation to try out for Team USA, joining Kevin Renz (1984) and Greg Kubes (1997). He is seeking to become the first player from the Southland Conference to make his way onto the team since UTA's Michael Choice did so in 2009.

The invitation adds onto a banner freshman season for the Cy Ranch HS product where he ranked second in the SLC in batting average (.361), fourth in slugging percentage (.602), third in on-base percentage (.450) and fourth in runs scored (50). He also ranked third in the SLC in hits (78) and RBI (54), leading the SLC with seven triples and ranking seventh with 17 doubles to go with seven homers.

In addition to being named the SLC Hitter of the Year and a first team all-Southland performer, Cowser has already earned Freshman All-America honors from Collegiate Baseball Magazine and Perfect Game, while also earning an all-region nod from the ABCA.

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Tanner Allen, Justin Foscue and Jordan Westburg named to 2019 Collegiate National Team

June 25, 2019

DURHAM, N.C. - Mississippi State baseball sophomores Tanner Allen, Justin Foscue and Jordan Westburg will each have the opportunity to represent Team USA this summer as a part of the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team, as the organization announced the trio will be a part of the Collegiate National Team Training Camp, which begins on June 27 in Cary, North Carolina.

Head coach Chris Lemonis will also be a part of the USA Baseball experience, serving as a member of the Collegiate National Team task force.

The winningest first-year head coach in Southeastern Conference history, Lemonis helped the Diamond Dawgs to a 52-15 record and the 11th College World Series appearance in school history. The 52 wins rank No. 2 all-time in program history, while the 20 SEC victories are tied for the No. 2 spot at Mississippi State. Lemonis helped the Bulldogs earn a share of the SEC Western Division title, as the Diamond Dawgs swept through the NCAA Starkville Regional and Super Regional on the way to Omaha.

Allen, Foscue and Westburg have been invited to the training camp that runs from June 27 to July 1. The USA Baseball Collegiate National Team participants will compete in series of four intrasquad exhibition games and one contest against the Coastal Plain League Select before announcing a 26-man roster prior to the 8th USA vs. Cuba International Friendship Series that will take place July 2-6 in Cary, Charlotte, Durham and Hickory, North Carolina.

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

Mississippi State's history with the Collegiate National Team began with Will Clark in 1984 and Brad Hildreth in 1986. In all, nine MSU student-athletes have represented Team USA on 10 occasions as a part of the Collegiate National Team. Most recently, Adam Frazier (2012) and Konnor Pilkington (2017) were participants.

Allen started all 67 games at first base for the Diamond Dawgs and hit .349 with a team-best 66 RBIs and .426 on-base percentage. His 23 doubles and 142 total bases both ranked second on the team, with his doubles total sitting tied for No. 9 on the single-season charts.

A third-team All-American by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, Allen was named to the Southeastern Conference All-Tournament Team, NCAA Starkville Regional All-Tournament Team and was a first-team All-SEC pick following a 96-hit effort during the 2019 season to rank No. 10 in MSU single-season history.

Foscue has earned All-America honors from every publication during his breakout sophomore campaign, grabbing first-team laurels from the College Baseball Foundation, second-team accolades from the American Baseball Coaches Association, Collegiate Baseball Newspaper and D1Baseball, and third-team honors from Baseball America and Perfect Game.

Foscue played two positions on the infield during the 2019 campaign, making 31 starts at third base and 36 starts at second base. He was the first Diamond Dawg to earn All-America honors at second base since 1998 when Brad Freeman garnered second-team honors from the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.

The right-handed hitter boosted his batting average from .241 to .331 during his second season and his 14 home runs were the most in a single season since Brent Rooker hit 23 in 2017. A first-team All-SEC pick, he posted career highs in average (.331), hits (91), runs scored (66), doubles (22), home runs (14), RBIs (60) and total bases (155).

Westburg anchored the middle infield for the Maroon and White during the 2019 season with 66 starts at shortstop during the season. Hitting .294 on the season, the right-handed hitter owned a .402 on-base percentage thanks to a team-best 39 walks and 12 hit-by-pitch. He ranked second on the team with 68 runs scored and 61 RBIs.

During the season, Westburg rode four reached base streaks of 10-or-more games, including a 14-game streak to open the season and an active 20-game streak to close the 2019 campaign. He was a Perfect Game Midseason All-America, ending the year with 21 doubles, two triples and six home runs as part of a 78-hit campaign.

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Martin, Kjerstad And Opitz Earn Invite To Team USA Training Camp

The sophomores helped Arkansas reach its 10th College World Series in school history and first ever in back-to-back years in 2019
June 24, 2019

CARY, N.C. - Less than a week after finishing their 2019 seasons with the Arkansas Razorbacks, infielder Casey Martin, outfielder Heston Kjerstad and catcher Casey Opitz will have a chance to continue playing this summer as they will suit up for the Team USA Collegiate National Team starting this week at their training camp in North Carolina.

All three Hogs will go through numerous workouts and intrasquad games this week in the hopes to earn one of the coveted spots on the roster. In its history, Arkansas has had 16 players don the Red, White, and Blue. Last year, outfielder Dominic Fletcher and closer Matt Cronin joined the team after Arkansas' run to the College World Series final.

Current head coach Dave Van Horn also served time as the manager of the USA Collegiate National Team in the summer of 2014, making trips to the Netherlands and Cuba.

This year, Martin, Kjerstad and Opitz were all integral sophomores that helped Arkansas reach its 10th College World Series in school history and first ever in back-to-back years. Combined, the trio hit .291 with Kjerstad hitting over .300 for the second-straight year (.327). Of the team's 88 home runs, 35 came off the bat of Martin, Kjerstad or Opitz, making up 40 percent of Arkansas' long balls.

Kjerstad has posted nearly identical numbers during his first two seasons in a Razorback uniform, hitting .332 as a freshman and .327 as a sophomore. In 65 games this year, the right fielder had the second-most hits on the team (87), the fourth-most RBIs (51) and the most home runs (17), which tied for the 10th-most by a Razorback in a single season. He was named to the All-SEC Second Team for the second-consecutive year.

Martin hit .286 this season in 66 games and had 15 home runs with 57 RBIs, which are both higher totals than in 2018. The Lonoke, Arkansas native also notched 40 extra-base hits, including a team-leading four triples and three inside-the-park home runs. He showed off his speed on the basepaths, stealing 10 of 12 bases, the third-most on the squad. Like Kjerstad, Martin also earned his second-straight All-SEC Second Team honor.

As for Opitz, the Colorado native had, arguably, the best defensive season for a catcher in the SEC, totaling 22 caught stolen bases, which led all league catchers. That total is the most for a Razorback catcher since Tucker Pennell had 27 during the 2016 season. He caught 14 potential stolen bases in conference play and three in the NCAA Tournament. Opitz hit .243 for the year in 58 games and had a .379 on-base percentage, walking 38 times, which was the third-most on the team.

This year, Team USA is led by Louisville head coach Dan McDonnell and will begin its schedule on June 27 with four intrasquad games. Following a single game against the Coastal Plains League Select on July 1, the team will travel throughout North Carolina for a five-game series against Cuba in the 8th Annual USA vs. Cuba International Friendship Series.

Team USA will travel overseas to Taichung, Taiwan for a five-game series against Chinese Taipei (July 9-12) before finishing its summer schedule with a five-game set against Japan (July 16-21) with all five games played in a different location around Japan.

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USA Baseball Announces 2019 Collegiate National Team Staff

Mark Kingston, Greg Moore, Tony Skole and Dave Turgeon will join Dan McDonnell on staff in 2019
June 21, 2019

DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball announced on Friday the 2019 Collegiate National Team coaching staff. Dan McDonnell (Louisville) was named the manager for the Collegiate team last July and he will be joined by assistant coaches Mark Kingston (South Carolina) and Tony Skole (The Citadel), pitching coach Greg Moore (Saint Mary's) and bench coach Dave Turgeon (Pittsburgh Pirates) for the summer tour.

McDonnell is making his Team USA managerial debut this year but is suiting up for the red, white and blue for the second time in his career. He previously served as an assistant coach on the 2009 Collegiate National Team staff.

Moore is also no stranger to the Team USA coaching ranks, having served as an assistant coach for the gold medal-winning 2015 and 2016 18U National Teams. Kingston, Skole and Turgeon are all making their USA Baseball coaching debuts this year.

"We are delighted to welcome the talent and expertise these coaches will bring to the 2019 Collegiate National Team staff," USA Baseball Executive Director and CEO Paul Seiler said. "The collective knowledge and experience they contribute is tremendous and we cannot wait to see how they continue the Collegiate National Team program's impressive run of success and the impact they have on these incredible athletes."

McDonnell is currently in his 13th season at the helm of Louisville, where he has led the Cardinals to a 603-238 overall record and was named the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Coach of the Year in three consecutive years from 2015-2017. He has led the Cardinals to nine regular season conference championships (including six in a row from 2012-2017), 12 NCAA Regional appearances, eight NCAA Super Regionals and to five College World Series, including the 2019 tournament. Rivals and Baseball America tabbed McDonnell as the National Coach of the Year in 2007 and 2017, respectively.

Kingston finished his second season at the helm of South Carolina in 2019 after guiding the Gamecocks to a 37-26 record and an NCAA Super Regional appearance in his first season. Prior to his time in Columbia, Kingston spent three years as the head coach at University of South Florida where he compiled a 100-78-1 (.561) record and led the Bulls to two NCAA Regional appearances. He also served as the head coach at Illinois State University from 2010-2014 and helped the Redbirds to an NCAA Regional, two Missouri Valley Conference regular season titles and a conference tournament championship while breaking the program's season wins record twice. In his ten seasons as a head coach, Kingston has compiled a 338-234-1 record (.590). In addition, he has been a college coach since 1997, serving as an assistant coach from 1997-2009 at Purdue University, Illinois State, University of Miami-where he helped the Hurricanes claim a College World Series title in 2001-and Tulane University. Kingston was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers out of the University of North Carolina in 1992 and spent five years in the Brewers and Chicago Cubs organizations before starting his coaching career. 

2019 marks Moore's third year as a national team coach with USA Baseball. He made his debut as the pitching coach for the 2015 18U National Team that won a gold medal at the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup. He then returned to the 18U National Team program in 2016 where he helped guide Team USA's pitching staff to a 1.14 ERA en route to a COPABE "AAA" Pan American Championships gold medal.

Recently named the head coach at Saint Mary's College, Moore joined the Gaels after six seasons at the helm of Cal State Northridge. During his tenure with the Matadors, the program collected more Big West Conference wins (44) from 2014-2018 than in any other four-year block in school history and Moore led the team to its best Big West Conference finish (third) in 16 years in 2018. Prior to his time at Cal State Northridge, Moore started his coaching career at University of South Florida, where he was named one of the Top 10 Assistant Coaches in College Baseball by Baseball America. In addition, he spent three seasons as the associate head coach at his alma mater, the University of San Francisco, where the team ranked sixth nationally with a conference-best 2.86 ERA.

In 2019, Skole entered his second season as the head coach at The Citadel, following 17 years as the head coach at East Tennessee State University where he accumulated a program-record 471 wins. Under his guidance, the Bucs surpassed multiple school records, including the single-season records for runs scored (503), hits (724), home runs (93) and doubles (142) in 2010. He started his 22-year head coaching career at Lincoln Memorial University in 1997 and led the team's transition from the NAIA to a Division II program that rose as high as No. 13 in the national rankings. 

Turgeon currently serves as the Coordinator of Instruction for the Pittsburgh Pirates and is a USA Baseball Sport Development contributor following a successful 20-year coaching career. His first coaching stint was in the Cleveland Indians system as manager of the Burlington Indians in 2000 and the Mahoning Valley Scrappers in 2001. He then moved to the collegiate coaching ranks, where he spent time as an assistant coach at Boston College, UCONN, Duke and Virginia Tech. In 2010, he moved back to professional baseball, working as a manager in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization before transitioning into his current role with the club in 2015. Prior to coaching, he was a standout third baseman at Davidson College before being selected in the 1987 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft by the New York Yankees. Turgeon enjoyed a 13-year professional playing career that included time in the Yankees and Orioles systems, as well as time playing in Holland, France, Taiwan and Mexico.

Chris Lemonis, who is in his first year at the helm of Mississippi State, will serve as a taskforce member and founder of Catching 101, Xan Barksdale, will serve as the 2019 Collegiate National Team's bullpen coach following three straight years working with the 14U National Team Development Program (2016-2018). Bill Burniston, who was named the 2017 USA Baseball Volunteer Coach of the Year, will return for his seventh consecutive year with the Collegiate National Team program as the team's performance specialist. In addition, Pat Hassell has been named the team's certified athletic trainer following 10 years working with McDonnell's baseball program at Louisville, Brett Moore (Illinois) will serve as the team's press officer and Ryan Brittain (NC State) will assist as the operations coordinator.

The 2019 Collegiate National Team will start its summer at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina, competing in intrasquad Red vs. Blue games from June 27-30 before playing against the Coastal Plain League Select team on July 1. 

The team will then host the 8th Annual USA vs. Cuba International Friendship Series in various locations across North Carolina from July 2-6. The two teams will kick off the series at L.P. Frans Stadium in Hickory, North Carolina, on July 2 before a July 3 matchup at BB&T Ballpark in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Fourth of July game between the two teams will be played in Durham, North Carolina, at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park (DBAP) followed by a game at the National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina, on July 5. The series will wrap-up on July 6 when the team's will once again meet at the DBAP in Durham.

Following the annual friendship series with Cuba, the Collegiate National Team will travel to Taipei, Taiwan, for the 19th USA vs. Chinese Taipei International Friendship Series from July 9-12 before heading to Matsuyama, Japan, to begin the 43rd USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Stars Series from July 16-21.

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Denholm Earns USA Baseball Invite

The right-hander was a All-American and Big West Pitcher of the Year in 2019
June 20, 2019

IRVINE, Calif. --- All-American and Big West Pitcher of the Year Trenton Denholm has caught the eye of USA Baseball earning a spot in their 2019 Collegiate National Team training camp this summer.

Denholm has been invited to the training camp that runs from June 27 to July 1 will be whittled down to 26 players in preparation for their numerous international series in July. The USA Baseball Collegiate National Team will participate in series of four intrasquad exhibition games and a game against the Coastal Plain League Select before announcing a 26-man roster prior to the 8th USA vs. Cuba International Friendship Series that will take place July 2-6 in Cary, Charlotte, Durham and Hickory, North Carolina. Team USA's 26-man roster will then travel to Taiwan for the 19th USA vs. Chinese Taipei International Friendship Series after which USA Baseball will announce a final 24-man roster to compete in the 43rd USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Star Series from July 16-21 in Japan.

"It's an honor to be recognized with the best players in the country," noted the standout sophomore. "I am greatly looking forward to making the most of the opportunity."

He earned the nod after being one of the nation's stingiest starters in 2019 with the nation's third-lowest WHIP while amassing a 9-4 record, four complete games, and conference bests in ERA (1.81) and innings (99.2). Denholm raked in four Big West Pitcher of the Week awards as part of the haul of 12 weekly awards the team claimed in 2019.

Denholm could join the other four Anteaters to wear the Red, White, and Blue in the past building on the growth of the UC Irvine legacy that head coach Ben Orloff is a beacon for.

"It's a great honor for Trenton to get the opportunity to play with Team USA. He has distinguished himself as one of the best pitchers in the country, and is a great representative of UC Irvine and this baseball program."

The Anteaters have represented on the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team twice in the last three seasons with Keston Hiura in 2016 and Andre Pallante in 2018. Scott Gorgen was the first selection back in 2007 followed by Taylor Sparks in the summer of 2013.

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