Two Trojans Invited To 2004 USA National Team Trials
April 29, 2004
LOS ANGELES -- USC sophomore catcher Jeff Clement (Marshalltown, Ia./Marshalltown HS) and freshman pitcher Ian Kennedy (Huntington Beach, Calif./La Quinta HS) have been invited to participate in the 2004 USA Baseball National Team Trials, held June 20-26 in Durham, North Carolina.
Clement and Kennedy are among the initial list of 19 collegiate players invited as the USA Baseball National Team will be selected from a pool of 36 players.
The official 20-man roster will be announced on June 27.
Clement was a member of the 2003 U.S. National Team, batting .256 with four home runs and 16 RBI in 25 games. The team posted a 27-2 with a .931 winning percentage, the highest in USA Baseball history.
This season with the Trojans, Clement is batting .308 (44-for-143) with a team-leading eight home runs and 31 RBI. He was named 2003 Pac-10 Conference Freshman of the Year and earned 2004 Baseball America and NCBWA Preseason All-America first team honors.
Kennedy has previous experience with USA Baseball, participating with the 2002 U.S. Junior National Team. He started for Team USA at the 2002 IBAF World Junior Championships in the bronze medal game, but did not get a decision in a 12-3 win (7 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 10 SO).
This season at USC, Kennedy is the first freshman to be the Trojans' No. 1 starter since Randy Flores in 1994. Kennedy is 6-2 with a 2.26 ERA (67 2/3 IP, 57 H, 17 ER, 24 BB, 93 SO, .227 opponents' batting average) and was named to the Baseball America Midseason Freshman All-America team.
The 2004 USA Baseball National Team will play several domestic exhibitions before competing at the 2004 II FISU World University Baseball Championships in Chinese Taipei, July 23-August 1.