Clement And Kennedy Named To 2004 U.S. National Team
June 27, 2004
DURHAM, N.C. (www.USABaseball.com) -- USC sophomore catcher Jeff Clement and freshman pitcher Ian Kennedy were named today to the 22-man roster for the 2004 USA Baseball National Team by Manager Frank Cruz and his coaching staff. The team will compete this summer in the Japan vs. USA Collegiate All-Star Series and the FISU II World University Games in Tainan, Taiwan.
Cruz, the head coach at Loyola Marymount, paired the original 36-man USA Baseball National Team Trials Roster down to 22 players after a four-game series against Canada at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
The 22-man roster features 12 position players, nine pitchers and one utility player. The squad is comprised of players from 15 colleges, eight conferences, 12 states and features two returning National Team players (Clement and Mark Romanczuk - Stanford) and three players with experience on the USA Junior National Team (Daniel Bard - North Carolina, Chris Valaika - UC Santa Barbara and Kennedy). In addition, five players who were not selected from the Trials last year, made the team this season (Travis Buck - Arizona State, Taylor Teagarden - Texas, Mike Pelfrey - Wichita State, John Mayberry Jr. - Stanford, Joey Devine - NC State).
Team USA won all four games against Canada during the trials stage and will finish the six-game series against the Canadians on the road today in Aberdeen, Md. (4:05 p.m.) at Ripken Stadium and Tuesday (June 29) in Myrtle Beach, S.C. at Coastal Federal Field.