Nickerson, Gunderson Named To Team USA

July 1, 2005

DURHAM, N.C. - Oregon State pitchers Jonah Nickerson and Kevin Gunderson have been named to the 2005 USA Baseball National team. The 22-man Team USA squad was announced Friday by the governing body of amateur baseball in the United States; the team was selected after a four-day trials period in which 39 players participated at Doak Field on the campus of North Carolina State.

Nickerson (Oregon City, Ore./Oregon City HS), a righthanded starter, and Gunderson (Portland, Ore./Central Catholic HS), a lefthanded reliever, will both be juniors at OSU next year. As sophomores, they helped the Beavers to the Pacific-10 championship and a berth in the College World Series as OSU set a school record for wins by going 46-12 and climbing as high as No. 2 in the national polls.

Team USA is headlined by returning members Ian Kennedy (Southern California) and Drew Stubbs (Texas). They led Team USA to the title at the 2004 FISU World Championships. The 2005 team is coached by Steve Smith (Baylor) with assistants John Cohen (Kentucky), Rob Walton (Oral Roberts) and Tim Jamieson (Missouri). Jamieson replaces Dave Van Horn of Arkansas, who had been named to the 2005 coaching staff earlier this year.

Team USA begins play Saturday against the Torrington Twisters at Fuessenich Park in Torrington, Conn. After two more games against teams from the New England Collegiate Baseball League, Team USA travels to Japan to participate in the 34th annual USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Star Series. The Americans will be looking to capture the series overseas for the first time since 1979. Team USA will also play a five-game series in Taiwan before returning to the United States for series against Italy and Nicaragua.

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