DURHAM, N.C. – LSU outfielder Mikie Mahtook and shortstop Austin Nola have been named to the 2010 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team Trials roster. Trials are scheduled to be held July 6-11 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C.
Of the 39 players invited to the trials, 36 will compete for a spot on the final 22-man roster, while three players were named as alternates.
Following the trials and training period in Cary, the U.S. will play a five-game series against Korea before squaring off against a Japanese Collegiate All-Star Team in a one-game, international friendship competition in Omaha's Rosenblatt Stadium on July 21. From there, the team will travel to Taipei, Taiwan for a four-game series against Chinese Taipei at Tien-Mu Stadium beginning July 25.
Team USA will close its summer season at the FISU World University Championships in Tokyo, Japan, from July 30-Aug. 7. The U.S. has won the last three FISU Worlds (2004, '06, '08), while host nation Japan will be looking for its first title.
Mahtook, a sophomore from Lafayette, La.. hit. 335 for the Tigers this season with 19 doubles, four triples, 14 homers, 50 RBI, 68 runs and 22 steals. He was among the SEC leaders in several offensive categories, including doubles (No. 2), runs scored (No. 3), triples (No. 6), slugging percentage (No. 6), stolen bases (No. 7) and total bases (No. 8).
Nola, a sophomore from Baton Rouge, La., batted .320 this season with 16 doubles, two triples, five homers, 50 runs and 52 RBI. A second-team All-SEC selection at shortstop, Nola committed only 10 errors in 306 chances.
The trials roster includes sophomores Gerrit Cole (UCLA), Sonny Gray (Vanderbilt), Brad Miller (Clemson) and Kolten Wong (Hawaii), all of whom played on the 2009 Collegiate National Team. The roster also features 2010 CWS Most Outstanding Player Jackie Bradley, Jr. (South Carolina) as well as CWS participants Taylor Featherston (Texas Christian), Nolan Fontana (Florida), Sean Gilmartin (Florida State), Brian Johnson (Florida), Andrew Maggi (Arizona State), Steve Rodriguez (UCLA), Kyle Winkler (Texas Christian) and alternate Mike Zunino (Florida). Cole and Miller also competed in this year's CWS.
Also named to the roster was Baseball America College Player of the Year Anthony Rendon (Rice). The sophomore third baseman was a semifinalist for the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award for the nation's top amateur player and is a finalist for the Dick Howser Award, recognizing college baseball's player of the year.
Other Baseball America All-Americans invited to the trials include Taylor Dugas (Alabama), Ryan Wright (Louisville), C.J. Cron (Utah), Alex Dickerson (Indiana) and Noe Ramirez (Cal State Fullerton).
The Collegiate National Team Trials roster follows (name, class, position[s], school):
2010 Collegiate National Team Trials Roster
Tyler Anderson, So., LHP, Oregon
Jett Bandy, So., C, Arizona
Matt Barnes, So., RHP, Connecticut
Jackie Bradley, Jr., So., OF, South Carolina
Gerrit Cole, So., RHP, UCLA
Zach Cone, So., OF, Georgia
C.J. Cron, So., C, Utah
Alex Dickerson, So., OF, Indiana
Taylor Dugas, So., OF, Alabama
Taylor Featherston, So., IF, Texas Christian
Dylan Floro, Fr., RHP, Cal State Fullerton
Nolan Fontana, Fr., IF, Florida
Sean Gilmartin, So., LHP/OF, Florida State
Sonny Gray, So., RHP, Vanderbilt
Greg Holt, Jr., RHP, North Carolina
Matt Jensen, So., IF, Cal Poly
Brian Johnson, Fr., LHP, Florida
Andrew Maggi, So., OF/IF, Arizona State
Mikie Mahtook, So., OF, Louisiana State
Nick Martini, So., OF, Kansas State
Scott McGough, So., RHP, Oregon
Anthony Meo, So., RHP, Coastal Carolina
Brad Miller, So., IF, Clemson
Brett Mooneyham, So., LHP, Stanford
Austin Nola, So., IF, Louisiana State
Peter O'Brien, Jr., C, Bethune-Cookman
Nick Ramirez, So., IF/LHP, Cal State Fullerton
Noe Ramirez, So., RHP, Cal State Fullerton
Anthony Rendon, So., IF, Rice
Steve Rodriguez, So., C, UCLA
Lex Rutledge, Fr., LHP, Samford
Carson Smith, So., RHP, Texas State
George Springer, So., OF, Connecticut
Kyle Winkler, So., RHP, Texas Christian
Kolten Wong, So., IF/C, Hawaii
Ryan Wright, So., IF, Louisville
Evan Brock, Fr., RHP, UC Irvine
Adam Conley, So., LHP, Washington State
Mike Zunino, Fr., C, Florida
Bill Kinneberg, Manager, Utah
Dave Serrano, Pitching Coach, Cal State Fullerton
Ed Blankmeyer, Assistant Coach, St. John's
Nino Giarratano, Assistant Coach, San Francisco
(Courtesy: LSU Athletics Department)