ORUís Elder Named to Team USA
TULSA, Okla.—Oral Roberts outfielder Chris Elder, has been named an alternate on Team USA’s 2011 30-man roster.
Elder batted .326 in his senior season as a Golden Eagle and belted a combined 35 home runs over his three-year stay. He was named 2010 Summit League Tournament MVP and 2011 First Team All-Summit League.
Team USA will open competition on Thursday, June 23 and will then play its next six games against NECBL (New England Collegiate Baseball League) clubs, including a June 27 matchup with the NECBL All-Stars at Fenway Park in Boston.
While competing in the NECBL, the U.S. will carry 19 of 22 final roster players, along with 11 alternates. Alternates have been invited to join the tour and are filling in for players in Omaha, Neb., competing for a national championship. USA Baseball will continue to make roster decisions through the end of the College World Series.
Missouri's Tim Jamieson will serve as the manager of Team USA, and he will be assisted by ORU’s Rob Walton, Scott Stricklin (Kent State) and Dave Van Horn (Arkansas).
The 2011 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team roster is below.
Name, Position, School, Year
Eric Anderson, RHP, So., Missouri
Mark Appel, RHP, So., Stanford
DJ Baxendale, RHP, So., Arkansas
Matt Boyd, LHP, So., Oregon State
Josh Elander, C/OF, So., Texas Christian
Chris Elder, OF, Sr., Oral Roberts
Dominic Ficociello, IF, Fr., Arkansas
Nolan Fontana, IF, So., Florida *
Ronnie Freeman, C, So., Kennesaw State
Kevin Gausman, RHP, Fr., LSU
Brian Johnson, LHP, So., Florida *
Michael Lorenzen, OF, Fr., Cal State Fullerton
David Lyon, C, Jr., Kent State
Branden Kline, RHP, So., Virginia *
Corey Knebel, RHP, Fr., Texas *
Deven Marrero, IF, So., Arizona State
LJ Mazzilli, IF, So., Connecticut
Hoby Milner, LHP, So., Texas *
Andrew Mitchell, RHP, Fr., Texas Christian
Tyler Naquin, OF, So., Texas A&M *
Brian Ragira, OF, Fr., Stanford
Brady Rodgers, RHP, So., Arizona State
Ryne Stanek, RHP, Fr., Arkansas
Marcus Stroman, RHP/IF, So., Duke
Michael Wacha, RHP, So., Texas A&M *
Christian Walker, IF, So., South Carolina *
Erich Weiss, IF, Fr., Texas *
Tom Windle, LHP, Fr., Minnesota
Stephen Yarrow, IF, Sr., San Francisco
Mike Zunino, C., So., Florida *
Note: players with an asterisk are currently with their respective clubs at the College World Series; players in italics are alternates.