Ellsbury Invited To USA Baseball National Team Trials

April 29, 2004

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury is among 19 collegiate players who have been invited to participate in the 2004 USA Baseball National Team Trials, it was announced Thursday. Ellsbury (Madras, Ore./Madras HS), a sophomore, is currently batting .386 with three home runs, 15 runs batted in, 46 runs scored and 18 stolen bases; he was recently named to the sophomore portion of Baseball America's Midseason All-America Team.

The USA Baseball National Team will be selected from a pool of 36 players, of which an additional 17 have yet to be determined; the trials will be held June 20-26 in the Durham, N.C. The official 20-man team roster will be determined and announced on June 27.

'This group of invitees is very representative of the strength of today's college game,' said USA Baseball General Manager of National Teams Eric Campbell. 'The National Team Selection Committee has produced a great start to our final trials roster. Our nation's top non-draft eligible players continue to post great numbers and lead their teams in their respective conference races.'

Ellsbury leads the Pacific-10 in stolen bases and also ranks among the conference leaders in batting average (third); runs (tied for third); on-base percentage (seventh, .482) and hits (tied for eighth, 54). Baseball America also rated Ellsbury as the nation's 29th-best sophomore in the preseason, and in 2003 he was a Freshman All-America selection by both Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball newspaper.

OSU (26-12 overall, 6-6 Pacific-10) plays host to Washington this weekend in a Pac-10 series at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field. Games will be Friday at 5 p.m., Saturday at 4 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m., and all three games can be heard on KEJO-AM (1240) and www.osubeavers.com.

The 2004 USA Baseball National Team will open play on Wednesday evening, June 23 at Durham Bulls Athletic Park at 7 p.m. vs. Canada. Team USA will also play an additional seven games in Durham, along with several more domestic exhibition games prior to representing the United States at 2004 II FISU World University Baseball Championships in Chinese Taipei, July 23-Aug. 1.

Loyola Marymount's Frank Cruz will serve as the field manager for Team USA. He will be assisted by Jack Smitheran of California-Riverside, Elliott Avent of North Carolina State, and Dave Lawn of Southern California.

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