CARY, N.C. (WFXR) — Virginia Tech’s Jack Hurley and University of Virginia’s Kyle Teel were named to this year’s USA Baseball Collegiate National Team that will compete at Honkbalweek Haarlem in the Netherlands.
The two were selected to the final 26-man roster after the completion of a six-day training camp that took place across North Carolina from June 30-July 4.
Hurley, a junior outfielder for the Hokies, had the second highest batting average during camp, hitting .357 with a double, an RBI and three runs scored. Hurley was also a perfect 2-for-2 in stolen base attempts.
Teel is making his second consecutive appearance with Team USA after going 2-for-9 with three runs scored and an RBI during camp. The UVA catcher is one of four players who is returning after representing the Stars and Stripes last summer.
Team USA will be led by manager Mike Bianco, who guided Ole Miss to its first College World Series title two weeks ago.
“A week ago, as I sat with the 51 players that we invited to Cary, I told them what a tremendous honor this is because you are 51 of the best amateur baseball players in the United States of America,” Bianco said. “To narrow it down nearly in half is quite a task. We shared with all of them, as honestly as we could, that there are players that will go home that will play in the big leagues and be All-Americans next year.”
Honkbalweek Haarlem is an invitational tournament which the United States has won four times since 2000. The Americans are making their first appearance since 2014 and will begin their run for gold on Saturday, July 9 against Japan.