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Bakker and Patterson Named to 22-man USA Baseball Team

June 24, 2002

ATLANTA – Georgia Tech sophomore pitcher Kyle Bakker and freshman second baseman Eric Patterson are among 22 collegiate players named to the 2002 USA Baseball National Team. The USA National Team was selected from a pool of 35 players that just completed a four-day trials process at Hi Corbett Field in Tucson, Ariz.

A second-team all-America selection, Bakker was the ace of the Tech pitching staff in 2002 after posting a 13-2 record and a 3.14 ERA. The 6-9 southpaw led the Yellow Jackets in wins, ERA, innings pitched (134.2) and strikeouts (115). Bakker was even more impressive in Tech’s run to the College World Series, posting a 3-0 record and a microscopic 0.75 ERA in three starts in the NCAA Tournament.

A third-team all-America and first-team Freshman all-America, Patterson hit .346 and stole 41 bases as Tech’s leadoff hitter. His 41 steals stand as the second highest single season total in school history and were the most since Ty Griffin swiped 50 bases in 1986. Patterson started 65 of 68 games in 2002, ranking second on the team with 90 hits and 73 runs scored.

The 2002 USA Baseball National Team 22-man roster: 

Player Pos Yr School Hometown Alvarez, Abe LHP So Long Beach State Fontana, CA Aubrey, Michael IF So Tulane Shreveport, LA Bakker, Kyle LHP So Georgia Tech Omaha, NE Cordero, Chad RHP So CS Fullerton Chino, CA Costa, Shane OF So CS Fullerton Visalia, CA Fuld, Sam OF So Stanford Durham, NH Hill, Aaron IF So Louisiana State Visalia, CA Humber, Philip RHP Fr Rice Carthage, TX Jackson, Conor IF So California Woodland Hills, CA Johnson, Grant RHP Fr Notre Dame Burr Ridge, Ill. Jurich, Mark OF So Louisville Louisville, KY Littleton, Wes RHP So CS Fullerton Oceanside, CA Patterson, Eric IF Fr Georgia Tech Kennesaw, GA Pedroia, Dustin IF Fr Arizona State Woodland, CA Powell, Landon C So South Carolina Apex, NC Quentin, Carlos OF So Stanford Chula Vista, CA Sammons, Clint C Fr Georgia Stone Mountain, GA Sleeth, Kyle RHP So Wake Forest Westminster, CO Street, Huston RHP Fr Texas Austin, TX Sullivan, Brad RHP So Houston Nederland, TX Weeks, Rickie OF So Southern Alte Monte Springs, FL Zimmermann, Bob RHP So SW Missouri State Creve Coeur, MO

In addition, USA Baseball announced today that a “real-time” game scoring webcast feature has been launced at www.usabaseball.com. All 30 USA Baseball National Team games will be shown by live play-by-play on the website in real-time, including Monday’s opening game against the Santa Barbara Foresters at 7 p.m. PST, and all games that Team USA competes in at the first ever FISU Collegiate World Baseball Championships in Messina, Italy, August 3-11.

Team USA will play a total of 30 games this summer, including 17 on the domestic side of their Red, White and Blue Summer Tour. For a full schedule of dates, times and locations, along with ticket information, log on to www.usabaseball.com.

DAY/DATE   OPPONENT LOCATIONJune 24   Santa Barbara Foresters Tucson, Arizona 7 pmJune 25   Santa Barbara Foresters Tucson, Arizona 7 pmJune 28   Japan Aberdeen, Maryland 7 pmJune 29   Japan Bridgeport, Conn. 7 pmJune 30   Japan Long Island, NY 7 pmJuly 3    Japan Lakewood, NJ 7 pmJuly 4    Japan Trenton, NJ 7 pmJuly 5    Torrington Twisters Torrington, Conn. 7 pmJuly 6    Mill City All-Americans Lowell, Mass. 7 pmJuly 7    Sanford Mainers Sanford, Maine 7 pmJuly 8    Concord Quarry Dogs Concord, NH 7 pmJuly 9    Keene Swamp Bats Keene, NH 7 pmJuly 11   Newport Gulls Newport, RI 7 pmJuly 12   Northern Ohio Baseball Club Strongsville, Ohio 7 pmJuly 13   Northern Ohio Baseball Club Strongsville, Ohio 6 pmJuly 14   Northern Ohio Baseball Club Strongsville, Ohio 4 pmJuly 15   Great Lakes League All-Stars Strongsville, Ohio 7 pmJuly 19   Chinese Taipei Haarlem, Netherlands 7 pmJuly 21   South Africa Haarlem, Netherlands 7 pmJuly 23   Japan Haarlem, Netherlands 7 pmJuly 25   Cuba Haarlem, Netherlands 7 pmJuly 27   The Netherlands Haarlem, Netherlands 7 pmJuly 28   Championship Game Haarlem, Netherlands 2 pmAug 3-11  Seven games & World Championships Messina, Italy

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