Buck Picked For USA Baseball National Team Trials

May 4, 2005

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State pitcher Dallas Buck is among the 13 players who have accepted invitations to participate in the 2005 USA Baseball National Team Trials, to be held June 27-30 in Raleigh, N.C. The USA Baseball National Team will be selected from a pool of 36 non-draft eligibile players, of which an additional 23 have yet to be determined. The official 20-man team roster will be announced on July 1.

Buck (Newberg, Ore./Newberg HS) currently has an 8-1 record and 2.10 earned run average for the 10th-ranked Beavers. In 81 1/3 innings, the sophomore righthander has allowed 33 runs (19 earned) on 63 hits and 29 walks while striking out 86. Baseball America magazine named him the nation's top collegiate pitcher in its midseason review.

This is the second straight season that OSU has had a player invited to the USA Baseball National Team Trials. Junior outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury participated in 2004.

'The National Team is defined by athlete performance in the college game,' said USA Baseball General Manager of National Teams Eric Campbell. 'This short list of invitees to the trials represents non-draft eligible players whose 2005 performance on the field has warranted an invite to the trials. This is a great group of players.'

USA Baseball will announce a second list of invitees to the trials in late May, and a final list of invitees in June.

The 2005 USA Baseball National Team will participate in the 34th Annual USA vs. Japan Collegiate Championship Series in Japan from July 8-12 and a Friendship Series vs. Taiwan in Chinese Taipei from July 15-19. It will then return home to play six exhibition games at Durham Bulls Athletic Park from July 22-24 and July 29-31.

USA Baseball will announce a full National Team game schedule at a later date.

The 13 players that have accepted invitations to the 2005 USA Baseball National Team Trials:

Player                    	Pos.        	Yr.       School               HometownArencibia, J.P.      	C-UT    	Fr.      	Tennessee     	Miami, FLBuck, Dallas         	RHP     	So.     	Oregon State  	Newberg, ORErickson, Blair       	RHP    	So.     	UC Irvine       	Fair Oaks, CAHamblin, Danny    	IF        	So.     	Arkansas        	Rowlett, TXJay, Jon               	OF       	So.     	Miami (Fla)     	Miami, FLJeroloman, Brian   	C        	So.     	Florida           	Wellington, FLPrice, David          	LHP-OF 	Fr.      	Vanderbilt      	Mufreesboro, TNRobinson, Shane   	OF       	So.     	Florida State  	Tampa, FLSavery, Joe           	LHP-IF  	Fr.     	Rice              	Bellaire, TXScherzer, Max       	RHP     	So.     	Missouri         	Chesterfield, MOStubbs, Drew        	OF        	So.    	Texas             	Atlanta, TXWeiser, Keith        	LHP      	So.    	Miami (Ohio)   	Hamilton, OHWieters, Matt       	C-UT     	Fr.     	Georgia Tech    	Goose Creek, SC

Baylor's Steve Smith will serve as the Field Manager for Team USA. He will be assisted by John Cohen of Kentucky, Dave Van Horn of Arkansas, and Rob Walton of Oral Roberts.