Jason Donald Among 19 Collegiate Players Invited to USA Baseball National Team Trials

April 29, 2004

DURHAM, N.C. - Arizona freshman Jason Donald was among the first group of 19 collegiate players that have been invited to participate in the 2004 USA Baseball National Team Trials to be held June 20-26 in the Durham, N.C., the organization announced today.

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 official 18-man team roster will be determined and announced on June 27.

Donald, Arizona's leader in hits (52), runs scored (35) and home runs (7), is the first UA player since former Wildcats Shelley Duncan and Ben Diggins were selected to try out during the summer of 1999.

'This is a great honor for Jason,' said Arizona head coach Andy Lopez. 'To represent USA Baseball and play with the caliber of athletes that will compete for the spots on the roster is an opportunity I know that he wanted to pursue this summer. I have no reason to doubt that the coaching staff and the administration will be very impressed with not only his baseball abilities, but also with his makeup and character both on and off the field. It's a tremendous honor for both Jason and the Arizona baseball program.'

The 2004 USA Baseball National Team will open play on Wednesday evening, June 23 at Durham Bulls Athletic Park at 7:00 pm 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-August 1.

'This group of invitees is very representative of the strength of today's college game,' said USA Baseball General Manager of National Team 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.'

Player          	Pos  	Ht  	Wt 	B/T 	Yr 	College  	Hometown PitchersBard, Daniel    	RHP  	6-4  	195  	R/R  	Fr  	North Carolina 	Charlotte, NCCox, J. Brent   	RHP  	6-3  	215  	L/R  	So  	Texas   	Bay City, TexasErickson, Blair  	RHP  	6-1  	205  	R/R  	Fr  	UC Irvine 	Fair Oaks, Calif.Head, Stephen   	LHP  	6-2  	220  	L/L  	So  	Mississippi 	Raymond, Miss.Holliman, Mark  	RHP  	6-1  	187  	R/R  	So  	Mississippi 	Germantown, Tenn.Kahn, Stephen   	RHP  	6-3  	220  	L/R  	So  	LMU     	Anaheim, Calif.Kennedy, Ian    	RHP  	6-0  	180  	R/R  	Fr  	USC     	Hunt. Beach, Calif.Pelfrey, Mike   	RHP  	6-7  	215  	R/R  	So  	Wichita St. 	Wichita, Kan.Ramos, Cesar    	LHP  	6-2  	190  	L/L  	So  	Long Beach St. 	Pico Rivera, Calif.CatchersClement, Jeff   	C  	6-1  	205 	L/R  	So  	USC     	Marshalltown, IowaTeagarden, Taylor  	C  	6-1  	210  	R/R  	So  	Texas   	Carrollton, TexasInfieldersDonald, Jason    	IF  	6-1  	190  	R/R  	Fr  	Arizona 	Clovis, Calif.Gordon, Alex  	        IF  	6-1  	215  	R/L  	So  	Nebraska 	Lincoln, Neb.Greene, Tyler   	IF  	6-2  	188  	R/R  	So  	Georgia Tech 	Plantation, Fla.Lowrie, Jed     	IF  	6-0  	180  	B/R  	So  	Stanford 	Salem, Ore.Mayberry Jr., John 	IF  	6-5  	225  	R/R  	So  	Stanford 	Kansas City, Mo.Zimmerman, Ryan  	IF  	6-2  	210  	R/R  	So  	Virginia 	Virginia Beach, Va.OutfieldersBuck, Travis    	OF  	6-3  	210  	L/R  	So  	Arizona State 	Richland, Wash.Ellsbury, Jacoby 	OF  	6-0  	170  	L/L  	So  	Oregon State  	Madras, Ore.

Coaching StaffCruz, Frank Man. LMU Los Angeles, CAAvent, Elliott Asst. NC State Aventon, NCLawn, Dave Asst. USC El Cerrito, CASmitheran, Jack Asst. UC Riverside Riverside, CA

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