July 2, 2008
Durham, NC - Pepperdine junior Brett Hunter was added to the Team USA roster, as announced by USA Baseball on Sunday. Hunter joins San Diego's AJ Griffin and San Francisco's Ryan Lipkin on the squad, becoming the third WCC player named to the National Team.
Hunter was named as the final member of the 2008 team, completing the 22-man roster. Hunter was also a member of the 2007 Team USA National Team, and registered a 3-0 record with a 0.66 ERA in 14 relief appearances while fanning 31 batters over 27.1 innings of work. Hunter was 1-0 with a 3.38 ERA over five appearances for the Waves in 2008, and was selected in the seventh round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft by the Oakland Athletics.
The selection of Griffin, Lipkin, and Hunter marks the second straight year that multiple players from the WCC have been named to the USA Collegiate National Team, as a record four conference players participated in international competition last summer. San Francisco Head Coach Nino Giarratano is serving as an assistant coach for the 2008 squad, becoming the third current WCC coach to serve on the Team USA staff in the last five years.
Only the SEC (5) and Big 12 (4) conferences placed more players on this year's National Team than the WCC. The Pac-10 and the ACC also have three athletes representing their respective conferences this summer.
After hosting the Chinese Taipei National Team for a six-game series, Team USA will compete in the Netherlands and at the FISU World Championships in the Czech Republic this summer.