Jared Prince Invited To USA Baseball National Team Trials
June 15, 2006
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State University freshman Jared Prince was one of 35 players invited to the 2006 USA Baseball National Team Trials, USA Baseball announced Thursday.
The 2006 USA Baseball National Team Trials will be held June 22 - July 1, in conjunction with the New England Collegiate Baseball League. The trials will include exhibition games played against teams in the New England Collegiate League as well as games against each other known as the Blue vs. Red trial games. The official 22-man team roster will be announced July 2.
Prince, a pitcher/outfielder from Poulsbo, Wash., had arguably the finest freshman campaign in Cougar history this past season. He led the conference in hitting with a .401 average, which also ranked 24th in the nation among all Division I players, and on-base percentage (.492). Prince also ranked among the Top 10 in RBIs (58, 3rd), slugging (.618, 4th), hits (83, T-4th), runs scored (50, 9th) and total bases (128, 5th).
On the mound, Prince went 6-2 with a 4.53 ERA. He began the season with 24 innings without allowing an earned run or a walk and finished the year with a 2-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
An invitation to the USA Baseball National Team Trials is one of many honors Prince has received this season. Baseball America named him the top freshman in the country at the midpoint of the season, while postseason accolades include being named to the Pacific-10 Conference first team and Collegiate Baseball's Freshman All-America team.
Prince is one of five Pac-10 players invited to the trials, along with Arizona State's Ike Davis, California's Tyson Ross, Oregon State's Darwin Barney and UCLA's Brandon Crawford.
The USA Baseball National Team is comprised of non-draft eligible players who stood out this past season. The team will look to defend its FISU World University Baseball Championship this August in Havana, Cuba. Once again they will participate in the 35th annual USA vs. Japan Collegiate Championship Series in the U.S., July 25-29. The team will also play several Friendship games at its home field in Durham, N.C., the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
WSU finished this past year with a 36-23 record, a 15-win improvement over the 2005 season which ties a record for best improvement in school history.