College Baseball: Busy schedule ahead for Team USA
The USA Collegiate National Team is off to a fast start in the summer of 2014 schedule as they prepare for international play beginning in July.
Victorious in all three games played – the latest coming in a 10-4 victory over the High Point-Thomasville HiToms at Finch Field – USA has six games against Coastal Plain League teams remaining before its first Friendship Series of the year against Chinese Taipei.
Last season the team went 20-3, finishing a perfect 13-0 in exhibition games and posting a 7-3 mark in international play. A member of that team was Louisiana State University shortstop Alex Bregman, a top Major League Baseball prospect who will be wearing the stars and stripes once again.
“Last summer was a blast,” said Bregman, who batted .316 and drove in a team-high 47 runs for the Tigers this spring. “It is always an honor to put the USA on your chest and you do it with pride every time. I am very proud to say that I have been a part of two of these teams.”
The international schedule begins July 1 as USA meets Chinese Taipei for a five-game series. Stops will be made in Cary, Shelby, Charlotte and Durham. From July 6-8, Japan visits the country for three games – the first coming at Finch Field. Game 2 will be played in Wilson with the finale moving to Wilmington.
Team USA will make the first of two international trips July 11-20 as they visit The Netherlands for a long series, before closing out the summer in Havana, Cuba for a five-game set.
“We have to step our game up to the next level in order to play with these teams,” Bregman said. “It is always fun competing against teams from different countries, especially when you have something on the line like we did last summer.
“It is so much fun playing with the best players in the country and going to represent your country. I am just soaking it all in and having a blast with these great players. We are just looking forward to going and competing and having a great time.”
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