UCLA's Brandon Crawford Invited To 2006 USA Baseball Team Trials

June 21, 2006

Durham, N.C. - UCLA shortstop Brandon Crawford has been selected to participate in the 2006 USA Baseball Team Trials for a roster spot on the USA Baseball National Team. The official 22-man roster will be announced on July 2.

Team USA will hold trials on the road this year against real competition, as the 35-man Trials roster will take on teams from the New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL) during a tour from June 24 - July 1.

'Brandon played as well as any shortstop in the country as a freshman this season,' UCLA head coach John Savage said. 'He is well deserving of the opportunity to tryout for Team USA.'

Crawford, from Pleasanton, Calif., enters the trials after an outstanding freshman campaign at UCLA. Crawford was named the 2006 UCLA Team MVP and was a 2006 All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention selection. He led the team with 24 multi-hit games on the season, and posted team highs in hits (77), triples (6), stolen bases (7), walks (24), total bases (121), at bats (242), and finished second on the squad in doubles (14) and runs scored (42) while starting in all 58 games for the Bruins at shortstop. Crawford had three hitting streaks of 10-games or more during the season, including a team-high 12 game hitting streak at the end of the year. He finished his freshman year batting .318 with six home runs, and 30 RBI.

Team USA will also participate in the 35th Annual USA vs. Japan Collegiate Championship Series and in International Friendship series versus Chinese Taipei, Germany and Korea. The summer will end in Havana, Cuba at the III FISU World University Championship where the USA is the defending gold medalist.

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