Jackie Bradley Jr. Named To USA Baseball's 2010 Collegiate National Team
July 12, 2010
Columbia, S.C. - South Carolina outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. has been named to USA Baseball's 2010 Collegiate National Team. The squad was selected after seven days of trials that included six intra-squad games and practices at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C. Team USA is comprised of the top non-draft eligible college players in the United States.
Bradley, the 2010 College World Series Most Outstanding Player, was the Gamecocks' leading hitter this past season with a .368 batting average (89-for-242) with 13 HR and 60 RBI. He also had a .473 on-base percentage and a .587 slugging percentage for the season.
He is one of five players from the Southeastern Conference along with Nolan Fontana (INF, Florida), Sonny Gray (RHP, Vanderbilt), Brian Johnson (LHP, Florida and Mikie Mahtook (OF, LSU).
The Collegiate National Team opens the summer season on Monday, July 12 vs. the Gastonia Grizzlies of the Coastal Plain League in Gastonia, N.C. 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.