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USA Baseball Announces 2018 Golden Spikes Award Finalists

The Golden Spikes Award will be announced on Thursday, June 28 in Los Angeles
June 6, 2018

DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball named Kody Clemens (Texas), Casey Mize (Auburn), Brady Singer (Florida) and Andrew Vaughn (California) as the finalists for the 2018 Golden Spikes Award on Wednesday. The Golden Spikes Award is presented in partnership with the Rod Dedeaux Foundation and will be announced on Thursday, June 28.

The four finalists and their families will be invited to Los Angeles for the Golden Spikes Award presentation and the annual Rod Dedeaux Foundation Awards Dinner at the Jonathan Club downtown.

"USA Baseball is honored to announce the four finalists for the 2018 Golden Spikes Award," said USA Baseball Executive Director and CEO Paul Seiler. "These tremendous athletes have each put together a remarkable season of baseball filled with impressive performances and accolades. All four of these young men are truly worthy honorees of this recognition."

Kody Clemens was named the Big 12 Player of the Year in 2018 after he led the conference with 19 home runs in the regular season for the Longhorns, including two grand slams and a walk-off. Additionally, he tallied 61 RBI and a 1.140 OPS. Defensively he was a stalwart at second base, helping turn 63 double plays, which ranked second in the nation. Clemens was named a First Team All-American by Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball and was drafted 79th overall by the Detroit Tigers in the third round of the 2018 MLB Draft.

Drafted first overall by the Detroit Tigers in the 2018 MLB Draft, Casey Mize was also named First-Team All-SEC following his 2018 season with Auburn, where he posted a 9-4 record with a 2.94 ERA and the program's first no-hitter since 2002 against Northeastern. He led the SEC in innings pitched (95) and total strikeouts (133), and tied for the lead in complete games and shutouts. Mize was named a First Team All-American by Baseball America and earned Second Team All-American honors from Collegiate Baseball.

Brady Singer was named the SEC Conference Pitcher of the Year this season after leading the league with 10 wins and a 2.25 ERA for the Gators. He limited opposing hitters to a .186 batting average and has pitched at least seven innings in 10 of 13 starts. Singer was drafted 18th overall in the 2018 MLB Draft by the Kansas City Royals and was named First Team All- American by Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball.

Pac-12 Player of the Year Andrew Vaughn ended his season with a .402 batting average, 23 home runs, 63 RBI and a .531 on-base percentage. Additionally, his .819 slugging percentage is the best ever by a Bears hitter in a single season. Just a sophomore, Vaughn led the Pac-12 in batting average and nearly earned the triple crown as he ranked second in home runs and RBI. He was also honored as a First Team All-American selection by Baseball America and a Second Team All-American by Collegiate Baseball.

A final ballot will be sent to the Golden Spikes Award voting body consisting of national baseball media, select professional baseball personnel, previous Golden Spikes Award winners and select USA Baseball staff, totaling a group of over 200 voters. From Wednesday, June 6, through Friday, June 22, the voting body will cast their final vote for the Golden Spikes Award winner and fan voting will simultaneously be open on GoldenSpikesAward.com. Selections made by the voting body will carry a 95% weight of each athlete's total, while fan votes will account for the remaining 5%.

Brendan McKay took home the prestigious award last year, joining a group of recent winners that include Kyle Lewis (2016), Andrew Benintendi (2015), A.J. Reed (2014), Kris Bryant (2013), Mike Zunino (2012), Trevor Bauer (2011), Bryce Harper (2010), Stephen Strasburg (2009), Buster Posey (2008), and David Price (2007).

Historically, Golden Spikes Award winners have gone on to have tremendous success in the major league. Of the 40 previous winners, five have earned Rookie of the Year honors, two have won the Cy Young, three were named MVP and eight have won a World Series championship as a player or manager, combining for a total of 13 championships. In addition, 18 previous winners have made one or more All-Star Game appearances as a player or manager, combining for 53 total selections.

Following the nationally televised announcement of the winner on June 28, all four finalists and their families will be celebrated at the Jonathan Club in downtown Los Angeles as part of the 2018 Rod Dedeaux Foundation Awards Dinner. Hosted by the Rod Dedeaux Foundation, the dinner will honor the Golden Spikes Award finalists, the Rod Dedeaux Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Don Buford, and the 2017 Rod Dedeaux USA Baseball Manager of the Year award winner, Jim Leyland.

USA Baseball has partnered with the Rod Dedeaux Foundation to host the Golden Spikes Award since 2013. The Foundation was formed to honor legendary USC and USA Baseball Olympic team coach, Rod Dedeaux, and supports youth baseball and softball programs in underserved communities throughout Southern California.

For more information on the Golden Spikes Award and the four 2018 finalists, follow along on social media @USAGoldenSpikes on Instagram and Twitter.

Golden Spikes Award Winners:
2017: Brendan McKay - Louisville
2016: Kyle Lewis - Mercer
2015: Andrew Benintendi - Arkansas
2014: A.J. Reed - Kentucky
2013: Kris Bryant - San Diego
2012: Mike Zunino - Florida
2011: Trevor Bauer - UCLA
2010: Bryce Harper - Southern Nevada
2009: Stephen Strasburg - San Diego State
2008: Buster Posey - Florida State
2007: David Price - Vanderbilt
2006: Tim Lincecum - Washington
2005: Alex Gordon - Nebraska
2004: Jered Weaver - Long Beach State
2003: Rickie Weeks - Southern
2002: Khalil Greene - Clemson
2001: Mark Prior - Southern California
2000: Kip Bouknight - South Carolina
1999: Jason Jennings - Baylor
1998: Pat Burrell - Miami
1997: J.D. Drew - Florida State
1996: Travis Lee - San Diego State
1995: Mark Kotsay - Cal State Fullerton
1994: Jason Varitek - Georgia Tech
1993: Darren Dreifort - Wichita State
1992: Phil Nevin - Cal State Fullerton
1991: Mike Kelly - Arizona State
1990: Alex Fernandez - Miami Dade CC
1989: Ben McDonald - LSU
1988: Robin Ventura - Oklahoma State
1987: Jim Abbott - Michigan
1986: Mike Loynd - Florida State
1985: Will Clark - Mississippi State
1984: Oddibe McDowell - Arizona State
1983: Dave Magadan - Alabama
1982: Augie Schmidt - New Orleans
1981: Mike Fuentes - Florida State
1980: Terry Francona - Arizona
1979: Tim Wallach - Cal State Fullerton
1978: Bob Horner - Arizona State

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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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Taurek Named Player, Egan Named Pitcher of the Day for June 24

June 25, 2019

PHOENIX - On day one of seeded action at the 2019 USA Baseball 15U National Team Championships in Arizona, Aiden Taurek and Owen Egan have been named Player and Pitcher of the Day, respectively, for their performances today.

Taurek got on base every single time he stepped into the box, going 4-for-4 and just a home run away from the cycle. Taurek notched a single, two doubles and a triple in his squad's 7-1 win over MountainWest while also knocking in four of the seven runs the So Cal Birds White scored in the victory. With today's win, the Birds total a 3-1 record through action so far.

Egan tossed a complete game no-hitter on the bump today, keeping all but one base runner off the path from BPA. He tossed five innings of no-hit ball to dominate BPA to the tune of a 9-0 run-rule win, striking out five while walking just one better. The win brings the GBG Renegades to a 3-1 record as well.

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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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NW Futures 2022 Scout Team Defeats Adidas Baseball National Team, 7-3

NW goes undefeated in pool play action with the victory
June 25, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
ABNT 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 3 5 3
NWF 0 0 1 2 3 1 x 7 7 3
Win: Z. Hauser Loss: A. Johnson Save: None
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PEORIA, Ariz - NW Futures 2022 Scout Team finished pool play in the 15U portion of the National Team Championships in Arizona with a 7-3 victory over Adidas Baseball National Team Tuesday in Peoria, Arizona. 

Adidas struck first in the second inning when an error helped Cade Climie score. He reached base with a line drive double to third. In the bottom of the third, Camden Christenson tied the game for NW Futures with a single on a 1-0 count to push Cole Hubka across. 

NW Futures pulled away in the next inning when Josh Baldwin doubled and Joe Ritz singled to score Matthew Sauve and Baldwin, respectively. NW Futures solidified the win with three runs tallied in the fifth. The rally was led by a sac fly by Uurlandt and a double by Suave. 

Adidas made a run in the sixth, putting two runs on the board. A single by Wilson Woodcox scored Climie and Justin Vossos before NW brought the inning to a close with a 6-4-3 double play. 

Adam Johnson took the loss for Adidas. He lasted two and two-thirds innings, allowing one hit and no runs while striking out two.

Zach Hauser was the winning pitcher for NW Futures. He went three and two-thirds innings, allowing one run on two hits, striking out one and walking one. Hockert and Nicholas Holm entered the game out of the bullpen and helped to close out the game in relief. 

NW Futures went undefeated in pool play and awaits seeding for bracket action that begins Thursday, June 27. Adidas (3-1) will also wait for seeding to determine if the team qualified for bracket play. 

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Peck, Baumeister Named Final Player, Pitcher of the Day for 16U

June 25, 2019

Jupiter, Fla. - Second baseman Owen Peck of Dallas Tigers 2022 - Polk has been named the Player of the Day for the final day of the 16U tournament at the National Team Championships in Florida. During the semifinal game against FTB55 2021, Peck went 3-for-3, with a double, three runs, two walks and two stolen bases to help his team secure a 10-6 win.

The Pitcher of the Day title goes to 5 Star National Burress's Jackson Baumeister. Baumeister tossed for no runs on one hit and five strikeouts in their four-inning win against Bandito Scout to advance to the championship game.

Honorable Mentions

- DH Aiden Mastantuno (5 Star National Burress): 1-for-2, 3B, BB, R, 2 RBI

- SS Dylan Taylor (5 Star National Burress): 3-for-3, 3B, BB, 2 R, RBI

- C Walker Polk (Dallas Tigers 2022 - Polk): 1-for-3, HR, R, 4 RBI, BB, SB

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5 Star National Burress Wins Gold Medal at 16U National Team Championships in Florida

June 25, 2019
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5STR 0 1 4 1 1 0 0 7 7 1
DLST 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 3 9 0
Win: D. Haines Loss: J. Thomas Save: None
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Jupiter, Fla. - 5 Star National Burress took down undefeated Dallas Tigers 2022 - Polk, 7-3, early Tuesday afternoon to win the 16U gold medal at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium at the National Team Championships in Florida.

5 Star struck first in the game, putting one run on the board in the top of the second inning. A leadoff walk, single and fielder's choice loaded the bases for 5 Star and a sacrifice fly from Wyatt Campbell (0-for-2) brought Ethan Campbell (0-for-1) in to score.

Dallas Tigers responded in the bottom of the inning to tie the game at one, with Trenton Shaw (1-for-4) scoring off a wild pitch after moving to third thanks to a pair of walks and a sacrifice bunt.

The third inning brought four runs home for 5 Star to take a 5-1 lead. A leadoff double from Coleman Rowan (2-for-3) put him in scoring position and single from Devin Obee (1-for-3) allowed Rowan to score the first of the four. Next up, Aiden Mastantuno (1-for-2) hit a triple to right field and brought Dylan Taylor (1-for-3) and Obee in. Mastantuno scored off a sacrifice fly from Ethan Campbell.

The top of the fourth and fifth innings brought a run each for 5 Star. Branson Owens (0-for-2) scored on a single from Rowan in the fourth inning after drawing a walk and Tyler Christmas (0-for-1) added a run to take a 7-1 lead on a single from Treyson Hughes (2-for-3) in the fifth.

Dallas Tigers had two more runs of their own in the fifth and sixth innings. A pair of singles and an error allowed Owen Peck (1-for-3) to score in the bottom of the fifth inning after he reached on a single to second base. Peck came home again in the sixth, drawing a two-out walk and scoring off a triple from Tyler Collins (2-for-4) to right field.

Dillion Haines (1-0) secured the championship win for 5 Star National Burress with two runs on seven hits and one strikeout during five of the seven innings. The loss for Dallas Tigers 2022 - Polk went to Jared Thomas (0-1), who threw for five runs on four hits and struck out two batters in 2.1 innings on the mound.

5 Star National Burress ended the National Team Championships in Florida with an 8-1 record overall and Dallas Tigers 2022 - Polk took home a 7-1 record with their silver medals.

The bronze medal game between FTB55 2021 and Bandito Scout ended in forfeit by FTB55 and Bandito Scout being named the bronze medal winners.

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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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Dallas Tigers 2022 - Polk, 5 Star National Burress Advance to Championship Game

June 25, 2019

Jupiter, Fla. - FTB55 2021 6, Dallas Tigers 2022 - Polk 10

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
FTB 4 1 1 0 0 0 X 6 4 1
DLST 3 4 3 0 0 0 X 10 13 4
Win: B. Gay Loss: M. Quevedo Save: None
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No. 1 Dallas Tigers 2022 - Polk defeated No. 5 FTB55 2021 10-2 during Tuesday morning's semifinal round at the National Team Championships in Florida.

FTB55 started strong in the top of the first inning with a leadoff home run by Edwin Arroyo (1-for-4). A pair of hits-by-pitch and pair of errors brought Sean Ambrose (1-for-1) home then a single from Ty Hollandsworth (1-for-2) brought both Gregorio Campos (0-for-1) and Brady Garcia (0-for-0) in to take an early 4-0 lead.

Dallas responded with three runs of their own in the bottom of the inning, bringing Owen Peck (3-for-3), Tyler Collins (3-for-4) and Jayson Jones (1-for-2) across home plate to cut FTB55's lead to one.

From there, FTB55 scored two more runs, one each coming in the second and third innings. A pair of walks and a single put James Carraher (0-for-1) at third and allowed him to score on a fielder's choice from Jaime Ferrer (0-for-3) in the second inning. The sixth run came from Hollandsworth after he made his way around the bases off a walk, error and sacrifice bunt. FTB55 stayed away from home plate the rest of the morning.

Dallas Tigers took a 7-5 lead in the bottom of the second inning when Walker Polk (1-for-3) hit a three-run home run to score himself, Jones and Jordan Lawler (1-for-2) after Peck scored on a single from Lawler.

The final three Dallas Tigers runs scored in the third inning. Two singles and a walk loaded the bases for Dallas with no one out. Two more walks and a fielder's choice scored Tommy Delaney (1-for-3), Caleb Bergman (1-for-4) and Peck to secure a 10-6 lead.

Brooks Gay (1-0) got the win for Dallas Tigers 2022 - Polk, throwing for six runs on four hits and four strikeouts during 4.2 innings on the mound. FTB55 2021's Michael Quevedo (0-1) was tagged with the loss for his one inning on the mound, with five runs on six hits and one strikeout.

5 Star National Burress 14, Bandito Scout 0

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5STR 0 11 1 2 X X X 14 13 1
BNDT 0 0 0 0 X X X 0 1 1
Win: J. Baumeister Loss: C. Howard Save: None
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No. 7 5 Star National Burress clinched a spot in the championship game after a four-inning matchup with No. 6 Bandito Scout.

After a scoreless first inning, 5 Star came out swinging and didn't let up through the top of the second inning. A leadoff walk and two singles brought Treyson Hughes (1-for-1) home to score first with no one out. Branson Owens (1-for-2), Jackson Mayo (1-for-2) and Coleman Rowan (2-for-3) all scored next off of two doubles in a row to put 5 Star up 4-0.

A pair of walks and a third double scored Tyler Christmas (1-for-3) and Dylan Taylor (3-for-3) next. An error, triple and single brought in Devin Obee (1-for-1), Aiden Mastantuno (1-for-3) and Ethan Campbell (1-for-3) to increase 5 Star's lead to 9-0. The final two runs brought Hughes and Owens home from a pair of walks and a single.

5 Star sprinkled three more runs over the next two innings. In the top of the third, Taylor hit a triple and scored on a single from Obee to go up 12-0. A pair of singles from Taylor and Hodges scored Campbell and Christmas in the top of the fourth inning to secure the 14-0 mercy-rule win.

5 Star National Burress's Jackson Baumeister (1-0) snagged the win for throwing for no runs on one hit and striking out five batters through all four innings on the mound. Cody Howard (0-1) got the loss with nine runs on seven hits and two strikeouts in his 1.1 innings.

5 Star National Burress advanced to face Dallas Tigers 2022 - Polk in the championship game at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium later Tuesday morning.

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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.

For more information on USA Baseball and the Collegiate National Team, follow @USABaseball on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter; and @USABaseballCNT on Twitter.

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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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