Cal's Blake Smith Performing Well at Team USA Trials
June 16, 2008
DURHAM, N.C. - University of California sophomore right fielder/right-handed pitcher Blake Smith has been performing well at the USA Baseball National Team Trials in Durham, N.C. Smith is one of 36 invitees for a spot on this summer's national team that will host a six-game friendship series against Chinese Taipei, June 25-30, and a month-long trip to Europe where the team will compete in the Haarlem Baseball Week in the Netherlands and the IV FISU World Collegiate Baseball Championship in the Czech Republic.
On June 15 against the North Adams SteepleCats at Joe Wolfe Field in North Adams, Mass., Smith earned a save in Team USA's 6-4 victory by pitching the final 1.2 innings with no hits, no runs, one walk and three strikeouts. He was regularly clocked between 94-96 miles per hour on the radar gun, reaching 97 mph three times.
At the plate, the Cal standout was 2-for-3 as a designated hitter in the National Team's 7-2 victory over the Holyoke Sox in Holyoke, Mass. June 13. Smith is vying for a spot on Team USA's 22-man roster that will be announced June 24.
During this past spring, Smith batted .296 with 11 doubles, two triples, 12 home runs and 43 RBI for the Golden Bears. On the mound, he was 3-0 with a 3.80 ERA and had 36 strikeouts in 21.1 innings. Smith also threw two runners out at the plate from right field during the year and hit a two-run homer against Long Beach State at the NCAA Regional in Long Beach.