May 16, 2007
Malibu, Calif. - Sophomore right hander Brett Hunter, who was tabbed a pre-season All-American and has been a mainstay in the Pepperdine starting rotation this season, was one of 11 players selected to the 2007 USA Baseball National Team, it was announced by USA Baseball on Wednesday.
The announcement of the final nine players and two alternates will be made in June.
"With all of the baseball talent throughout the country, selections have posed an especially difficult task for this year's USA Baseball National Team Selection Committee," said Eric Campbell, USA Baseball General Manager, National Teams. "This list of 11 players includes some of the finest college baseball players in the country and we are very excited about the opportunity they will have this summer to represent the United States in events throughout the world, including the Pan Am Games."
Three of the players who have accepted invitations to join the 2007 USA Baseball National Team have previous international experience with the organization. Pedro Alvarez (IF, Vanderbilt) and Jemile Weeks (IF, Miami FL) were members of the 2006 USA Baseball National Team which claimed the Gold Medal at the 2006 FISU World Championships in Havana, Cuba.
Hunter, who was moved into the starting rotation the second week of the season, has posted a 6-5 record, 3.87 ERA, two saves and struck out a career-high 73 batters in 81.1 innings. In 13 starts, the Waves right hander has a 6-2 record, and 3.14 ERA while striking out 60 and limiting opposing batters to a .202 average in 71.2 innings.
Hunter becomes the seventh Pepperdine player to represent the country as members of the USA National Baseball Team, joining Mike Fetters (1985), Rick Hirtensteiner (1987), Dan Melendez (1991), Steve Rodriguez (1991, 1992), Randy Wolf (1995, 1996) and David Matranga (1997).
The 2007 USA Baseball National Team will open its season in the New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL) in preparation for four international series and two international events this summer. Team USA will play in the Pan Am Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and the World Port Tournament in The Netherlands. The USA Baseball National Team will also host the 36th Annual USA vs. Japan Collegiate Championship Series and an Inaugural Friendship Series versus the Chinese National Team.
The USA Baseball National Team will be led by Long Beach State University Head Coach Mike Weathers who will be making his second coaching tour with the USA Baseball National Team. In his previous USA Baseball coaching assignment, Weathers was an assistant on the 2003 USA Baseball National Team which captured a silver medal at the 2003 Pan Am Games.
Assisting Weathers on the 2007 USA Baseball National Team coaching staff will be Rob Cooper (Head Coach, Wright State), Bill Kinneberg (Head Coach, University of Utah), and Mark Scalf (Head Coach, UNC Wilmington).
USA Baseball is the National Governing Body of amateur baseball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. The organization selects and trains the USA Baseball National Team, the USA Baseball Junior National Team (18-under), the USA Baseball Youth National Team (16-under), the USA Baseball 14U National Team (14-under), and the USA Baseball Women's National Team which participate in various international competitions each year. For more information on USA Baseball please log onto www.usabaseball.com.
Listed below are the first 11 players who will comprise the 2007 USA Baseball National Team:
Pedro Alvares (So., INF, Vanderbilt)
Brett Hunter (So., RHP, Pepperdine)
Lance Lynn (So., RHP, Mississippi)
Brian Matusz (So. LHP, San Diego)
Josh Romanski (So., OF/LHP, San Diego)
Tyson Ross (So., RHP, California)
Cody Satterwhite (So., RHP, Mississippi)
Justin Smoak (INF, So. South Carolina)
Jacob Thompson (So., RHP, Virginia)
Brett Wallace (So., INF, Arizona State)
Jemile Weeks (So., INF, Miami, Fla.)