Lillibridge Invited To USA Baseball Trials
May 8, 2003
DURHAM, N.C. - Brent Lillibridge, a freshman on the University of Washington baseball team, has beeninvited to the USA Baseball National Team trials, USA Baseball announced today.
Lillibridge, from Everett, Wash. (Jackson High), is the Huskies' starting center fielder,though he's expected to start at shortstop next season. He's the nation's leading freshmanhitter with his .409 batting average, and that .409 average is third in the Pac-10.
Lillibridge also leads the Huskies with 15 doubles and is second on the team with 37 runsbatted in and 54 hits despite being ninth in at bats. He's played center field, shortstop, thirdbase and second base for the UW this year.
The U.S. National team will hold its trials in Tucson, Ariz., June 21-27. The final squad of22 players will be chosen from 36 invitees. Lillibridge was one of 18 players extended aninvitation today while eight players had previously been invited. USA Baseball will select10 more players for the trials in the coming weeks.
The team will play a series of games against Japan and Mexico in Durham, N.C., in Julybefore competing at the Pan-American Games in the Dominican Republic later in thesummer.
The last Husky player to make a U.S. National Team was former Husky outfielder ChrisMagruder, who starred for the 1997 team and went on to play in the Major Leagues forboth Texas and Cleveland.