UCLA's Gerrit Cole Invited to 2010 USA Baseball National Team Trials

March 8, 2010

DURHAM, N.C. - Sophomore right-hander Gerrit Cole has been invited to the 2010 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team Trials, as announced Monday by USA Baseball. Cole went 4-0 with a 1.06 ERA for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team in the summer of 2009.

Cole has gone 3-0 with a 2.25 ERA through three starts this season, collecting 26 strikeouts and two walks in 18.0 innings. The native of Santa Ana, Calif., has limited the opposition to a .117 batting average in three games.

In UCLA baseball history, only two Bruins - Troy Glaus (1995-96) and Josh Karp (1999-2000) - have competed for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team in multiple years.

Last summer, Cole led the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team in strikeouts (46) and innings pitched (34.0) en route to leading Team USA to the 2009 World Baseball Challenge Championship in Prince George, British Columbia (Canada).

Cole helped the USA National Team throw a combined no-hitter in a 10-0 victory over Guatemala on July 2, registering 11 strikeouts in 5.2 scoreless innings. In addition, he tossed a complete game in a 1-0 victory against Canada on July 24, scattering two hits and strikeout seven batters in nine innings.

The 2010 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team Trials will take place from June 5-11 in Cary, N.C. USA Baseball will invite up to 38 college players to the 2010 National Team Trials. The player pool will primarily be comprised of non draft-eligible college players.

The 2010 USA National Team will be coached by Utah head coach Bill Kinneberg. Assistant coaches this summer include pitching coach Dave Serrano (head coach, Cal State Fullerton), Ed Blankmeyer (head coach, St. John's) and Nino Giarratano (head coach, San Francisco).

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