Baker Earns Spot on USA Baseball National Team


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TUCSON, AZ - Clemson third baseman Jeff Baker is one of 22 collegiate
players that has been selected for the 2001 USA Baseball National
Team following four days of trials in Tucson, AZ. The USA National
Team was selected from a pool of 29 players.


Baker had one of the most productive seasons in school history from
the plate as he belted 23 home runs in becoming a first-team
Louisville Slugger All-American as selected by Collegiate Baseball.
The sophomore set school marks for the most home runs after two
seasons (34) and most multi-homer games in a season (five) and career
(seven) while driving in an ACC-best 75 RBIs. He was a first-team
All-ACC honoree, a first-team ABCA All-Atlantic Region selection, a
second team All-American by Baseball Weekly, The Sporting News and
the ABCA.


The sophomore from Woodbridge, VA was a member of the 1997 USA Youth
National Team that finished fifth at the IBA World Youth
Championships in Taipei, Taiwan. He was also a member of the 1999 USA
Junior National Team that won the gold medal at the IBA World Junior
Championships in Kaohsiung China and in 2000 helped led the USA
National Team to the gold medal at the Honkbal Classic in Holland.


Team USA will play 29 more games on the Red, White and Blue Summer
Tour, beginning on Friday with the 30th annual USA vs Japan
Collegiate All-Star Series, which this year will be played in Japan.
The team began its summer tour Monday night with a 5-1 vcitory over
the Chicago Cubs rookie level affiliate in Mesa, AZ. The full roster
is below:

Player             	Pos	Ht	Wt	B/T	DOB     	Yr	School   	Hometown
Aubrey, Michael 	LHP/OF	6-0	180	L/L	4-15-82 	Fr 	Tulane  	Shreveport, LA
Baker, Jeff     	IF	6-1	215	R/R	6-21-81 	So 	Clemson  	Woodbridge, VA
Bengochea, Kiki   	RHP	6-2	195	R/R	12-4-80 	So	Miami (FL)	Miami, FL
Brownlie, Bobby 	RHP	6-1	195	R/R	10-5-80 	So 	Rutgers 	Edison, NJ
Bullington, Bryan	RHP	6-5	220	R/R	9-30-80 	So 	Ball State	Madison, IN
Cunningham, Tim 	LHP	6-3	185	L/L	10-19-80	So 	Stanford	Rocklin, CA
Esposito, Mike   	RHP	6-0	185	R/R	9-27-81 	Fr 	Arizona State	Las Vegas, NV
Fuld, Sam       	OF	5-10	180	L/L	11-20-81	Fr 	Stanford	Durham, NH
Girratano, Anthony	IF	6-0	180	B/R	11-29-82 	Fr	Tulane  	Marlboro, NJ
Herrera, Javi     	C	6-2	195	R/R	10-8-81 	Fr 	Tennessee	Miami, FL
Howard, Kevin     	IF	6-3	185	L/R	6-25-81 	So	Miami (FL)	Thousand Oaks, CA
Hubele, Ryan    	C/OF	5-11	185	R/R	9-9-80  	So	Texas   	Paradise Valley, AZ
Quentin, Carlos 	OF	6-2	210	R/R	8-28-82 	Fr 	Stanford	Chula Vista, CA
Quintanilla, Omar	IF	5-9	175	L/R	10-24-81 	Fr	Texas   	El Paso, TX
Reed, Jeremy     	IF	6-0	185	L/L	6-15-81 	So	Long Beach St	LaVerne, CA
Reyes, Anthony      	RHP	6-1	205	R/R	10-16-81	So 	So California	Whittier, CA
Ring, Royce     	LHP	6-0	215	L/L	12-21-80	So 	San Diego State	San Diego, CA
Snyder, Chris     	C	6-3	225	R/R	2-12-81 	So 	Houston 	Houston, TX
Swisher, Nick   	IF	6-0	200	B/L	11-25-80	So 	Ohio State	Parkersburg, WV
Thurmond, Ben      	RHP	6-0	170	R/R	10-2-81 	So 	Winthrop	Hopkins, SC
Weeks, Rickie    	OF	5-11	195	R/R	9-13-82 	Fr 	Southern	Alte Monte Springs, FL
Zimmerman, Bob  	RHP	6-5	225	R/R	11-17-81	Fr 	SW Missouri St	Creve Coeur, MO


Florida's Pat McMahon will serve as the head coach for Team USA. He
will be assisted by Dusty Rhodes of North Florida, Paul Stevens of
Northwestern, and Bob Todd of Ohio State. For a complete Team USA
summer schedule, log on to http://www.usabaseball.com.

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