Bandy Selected to USA Baseball CNT Trials
June 25, 2010
TUCSON, Ariz. Arizona catcher Jett Bandy has been selected by USA Baseball to compete in the trials for the Collegiate National Team, which will be coached by former Wildcat and current Utah head coach Bill Kinneberg.
Bandy is one of 31 players currently on the Collegiate National Team trials roster and one of five Pac-10 players. Bandy and Utah's C.J. Cron are the only catchers currently listed.
A native of Thousand Oaks, Calif., Bandy turned in a sensational sophomore season as he captured All-Pac-10 honors and helped guide the Wildcats to an NCAA Regional berth. Bandy started all 58 games for the Wildcats, including 51 behind the plate.
Bandy hit .354 on the season and led Arizona with 23 doubles, while he scored 53 runs and collected 42 RBI. His batting average, on-base percentage (.457), runs scored, hits (77), doubles and total bases (120) all ranked in the top-10 in respective categories for all Pac-10 players. He was hit by a league-leading 20 pitches and ranks in the career top-five at UA with 34 hit by pitches through two seasons.
Kinneberg has been tabbed to head up the Collegiate National Team this summer after recently completing his seventh seasons in charge of the Utes. A 26-year coaching veteran at the collegiate level, his teams established school records for victories in a season at UTEP in 1985, Wyoming in 1990 and Utah in 1996. Kinneberg's first stint as the head coach was in 1996, leading the Utes to a 30-22 record.
A 1980 graduate of Arizona, Kinneberg was a member of the 1978 and 1979 Wildcat teams where he pitched in 34 games. He returned to the school as an associate head coach under Jerry Stitt for the 1997-2001 seasons.
The 2010 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team Trials is scheduled for July 5-11 in Cary, N.C. The final 22-man 2010 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team will be selected on Sunday, July 11. The team will embark on a tour which includes a domestic series with Korea and the FISU World University Championship in Tokyo.
The USA is the three-time defending champion of the event. Kinneberg has done several stints with USA Baseball. He served as the pitching coach in 2007 and 1999. The 2007 pitching staff turned in a 25-12 mark in international competition, and finished with a scant 1.93 earned-run average. Kinneberg also spent several years as director of the organization's athlete development program.