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Matusz and Romanski Named to Team USA

May 16, 2007

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Sophomore's Josh Romanski and Brian Matusz have been named two of the first 11 members of the 2007 USA Baseball National Team, it was announced Wednesday.

The players announced today represent nine different colleges and universities and are all currently sophomores at their respective institutions. 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."

Matusz, a native of Cave Creek, Ariz., just became the new single-season leader in strikeouts with 152 after posting 11 strikeouts in picking up his 10th win of the season this past weekend against Santa Clara University. On the season, Matusz is 10-2 with a team-leading 2.43 ERA. Matusz has also been named a semi finalist for the Golden Spikes award, presented to the nation's top collegiate player.

Romanski, a native of Corona, Calif., has been a valuable two-way star for the Toreros this season. Romanski owns a 8-1 record on the mound with a 3.20 ERA. Romanski is also the team's third-leading hitter with a .335 batting average, has 69 hits, eight doubles, two triples, three home runs and 28 RBI while rotating between the pitcher, designated hitter and centerfield positions.

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.

Both Romanski and Matusz will return to action on May 25th as they open play in the West Coast Conference Championship Series at USD's Cunningham Stadium. Friday's first pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.