Carson Invited Again to USA Trials

Tucson, Ariz. (May 2, 2001)--USA Baseball announced BYU's Matt Carson to a list of the first 19 collegiate players invited to participate in the 2001 USA Baseball National Team Trials - to be held in Tucson, Arizona June 16-19.

Carson, a sophomore from Yucaipa, Calif., was one of 33 invited to the trials last summer for Team USA, but did not survive the final cut. He currently leads the Mountain West Conference with 17 home runs and was a freshman All-American last season.

The USA National Team will be selected from a pool of approximately 20-29 players, of which an additional 5-10 have yet to be determined. Team USA will play approximately 30 games on the Red, White and Blue Summer Tour, beginning on June 22 with the 30th annual USA vs Japan Collegiate All-Star Series, which this year will be played in Japan.

The list of the first 19 players invited to the 2001 USA Baseball National Team Trials is shown below:

Player Pos Ht Wt B/T DOB Yr School Hometown

Aubrey, Michael LHP/OF 6-0 180 L/L 4-15-82 Fr Tulane Shreveport, Louisiana

Baker, Jeff IF 6-1 215 R/R 6-21-81 So Clemson Woodbridge, Virginia

Bengochea, Kiki RHP 6-2 195 R/R 12-4-80 So Miami Miami, Florida

Brownlie, Bobby RHP 6-1 195 R/R 10-5-80 So Rutgers Edison, New Jersey

Bullington, Bryan RHP 6-5 220 R/R 9-30-80 So Ball State Madison, Indiana

Carson, Matt OF 6-2 195 B/R 7-1-81 So BYU Yucaipa, California

Fuld, Sam OF 5-10 180 L/L 11-20-81 Fr Stanford Durham, North Carolina

Maholm, Paul LHP 6-3 205 L/L 6-25-82 Fr Mississippi State Holly Springs, Mississippi

Merrell, Darric RHP 6-4 200 R/R 1-22-82 Fr Cal State Fullerton Temecula, California

Parker, Tyler C 6-3 212 R/R 5-13-81 So Georgia Tech Marietta, Georgia

Quentin, Carlos OF 6-2 210 R/R 8-28-82 Fr Stanford Chula Vista, California

Quintanilla, Omar IF 5-9 175 L/R 10-24-81 Fr Texas El Paso, Texas

Reed, Jeremy IF 6-0 185 L/L 6-15-81 So Long Beach State LaVerne, California

Ring, Royce LHP 6-0 215 L/L 12-21-80 So San Diego State San Diego,California

Snyder, Chris C 6-3 225 R/R 2-12-81 So Houston Houston, Texas

Swisher, Nick IF 6-0 200 B/L 11-25-80 So Ohio State Parkersburg, West Virginia

Watchko, Jeff RHP 6-3 195 R/R 11-7-80 So Georgia Tech Roswell, Georgia

Weeks, Rickie OF 5-11 195 R/R 9-13-82 Fr Southern Alte Monte Springs, Florida

Zimmerman, Bob RHP 6-5 225 R/R 11-17-81 Fr SW Missouri State Creve Coeur, Missouri

Mississippi State's Pat McMahon will serve as the head coach for Team USA. He will be assisted by Dusty Rhodes of North Florida, Paul Stevens of Northwestern, and Bob Todd of Ohio State. For interested scouts, this team will be holding practice sessions at the Hi Corbett Field facilities in Tucson beginning Saturday, June 16. The official team roster will be determined and announced on June 19.