Stanford Catcher Ryan Garko Added To Team USA Roster

July 16, 2002

Tucson, Ariz. - USA Baseball announced today that Stanford catcher Ryan Garko has been added to the 22-man roster for the United States National Team that will compete in the Haarlem Baseball Week July 19-28 in Haarlem, The Netherlands, and the first-ever FISU Collegiate World Baseball Championships August 2-11 in Messina, Italy.

Garko was named to the team after Clint Sammons, a freshman catcher from the University of Georgia, was released from the USA Baseball National Team after suffering a right arm injury. Doctors in Cleveland determined on Monday that Sammons has a non-displaced ulnar styloid fracture of the right arm, near the wrist. Sammons was hit by a pitch in that area during a game against Northern Ohio on Friday, July 12.

Garko, a member of the 1999 USA Baseball Junior Pan Am Team and a native of Walnut, Calif., recently completed his junior year at Stanford, helping the Cardinal to its fourth consecutive trip to the NCAA College World Series. Garko batted .314 with 14 HR and 55 RBI for Stanford during the 2002 collegiate baseball season, while leading the club with 68 runs scored and 38 walks. Garko started all 65 of the team's games.

Garko had been playing 2002 summer baseball for Hyannis of the Cape Cod League and was hitting .300 with a homer, six RBI and two stolen bases through games of July 15.

Garko joins Cardinal teammates Sam Fuld (OF) and Carlos Quentin (OF) on the 2002 USA Baseball National Team Roster. Both players recently completed their sophomore campaigns at Stanford and are spending their second consecutive season with Team USA.

Team USA currently stands at 14-3 overall and will open its gold medal defense of the Haarlem Baseball Week on Friday evening, July 19 at 7:00 pm (local time) against Chinese Taipei.

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