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Diaz Selected for Collegiate Team USA Tryout

Courtesy: Hurricanesports.com
          Release: 06/19/2013
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CARY, N.C. – Sophomore lefthander Chris Diaz has been invited to the Collegiate National Team training camp with a chance to earn one of 24 roster spots on Team USA.

“I’m honored to have the opportunity to represent my country,” Diaz said. “I’m excited for what is to come, and for the chance to better myself for the upcoming season. I know I will learn a lot competing with some of the best players in the country.”

In his first year as a member of the Hurricanes’ weekend rotation, Diaz was ranked among the conference leaders in a number of key statistical categories. The Florida City, Fla., native registered a team-best 1.64 ERA in a team-high 109.2 innings, and delivered 14 quality starts (at least six innings, three earned runs or less) in 16 chances - including nine straight to end the season.

The sophomore southpaw was named second-team ABCA All-Region, Louisville Regional All-Tournament, and a semifinalist for the inaugural Gregg Olson Award honoring college baseball’s breakout player of the year.

“I’m excited for Chris and I’m excited for our program,” head coach Jim Morris said. “As a former head coach with Team USA, I know the competition is at a very, very high level. It’s a credit to Chris and the outstanding year he had for us.”

If Diaz earns a roster spot with the Collegiate National Team, he would become the ninth Hurricane to represent Team USA since 2000 and the first since Yasmani Grandal in 2009.

Team USA will begin the training camp process on June 20 in Cary, N.C. with the final roster to be set prior to the team's departure for Japan on July 3. To view the team’s summer schedule, click HERE.

Schedule
 
Friday, February 13
Baseball vs. Rutgers
Coral Gables, Fla.
7:00 PM
Saturday, February 14
Baseball vs. Rutgers (Game One)
Coral Gables, Fla.
2:00 PM
Baseball vs. Rutgers (Game Two)
Coral Gables, Fla.
7:00 PM
Sunday, February 15
Baseball vs. Rutgers
Coral Gables, Fla.
1:00 PM
Wednesday, February 18
Baseball at FAU
Boca Raton, Fla.
6:30 PM
Friday, February 20
Baseball at Florida
Gainesville, Fla.
7:00 PM
Saturday, February 21
Baseball at Florida
Gainesville, Fla.
4:00 PM
Sunday, February 22
Baseball at Florida
Gainesville, Fla.
1:00 PM
Wednesday, February 25
Baseball vs. Barry
Coral Gables, Fla.
6:00 PM
Friday, February 27
Baseball vs. Wright State
Coral Gables, Fla.
7:00 PM
Saturday, February 28
Baseball vs. Wright State
Coral Gables, Fla.
7:00 PM
Sunday, March 01
Baseball vs. Wright State
Coral Gables, Fla.
1:00 PM
Tuesday, March 03
Baseball at Miami Marlins (exhibition)
Jupiter, Fla.
1:05 PM
Wednesday, March 04
Baseball vs. FGCU
Coral Gables, Fla.
6:00 PM
Friday, March 06
Baseball at Louisville
Louisville, Ky.
3:00 PM
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