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Elder Impressing with Team USA

Courtesy: ORU Media Relations
          Release: 07/13/2011
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OMAHA, Neb – Former Oral Roberts standout, Chris Elder, has been making a name for himself with Team USA’s collegiate squad over the past few weeks.

Elder initially joined Team USA as an alternate member on the original 30-man roster. It didn’t take long for the 5-11 outfielder from Suison City, California to make his mark however. In just over a week Elder had started all seven games, helped the squad to a 6-1 overall record and on June 30 was named to the final roster of 21.

From that point on Elder continued to pad his resume. Team USA wrapped up the summer slate with an impressive 11-2-1 record, while Elder batted .300 in 14 starts to go with a combined 15 hits and four doubles.

Most recently, he unleashed for a 2-3 showing with two runs and an RBI in a 12-1 win over the 18U National Prospect Team, before tacking on a 2-4 effort with a run scored in USA’s 7-6 win over Japan on July 3.

Elder was also instrumental in Team USA’s 8-2 win over Japan on July 5, going 2-5 at the plate with two RBI’s and one run scored.

“Chris made the team as one of our better hitters and he really carried us offensively in the first five games,” stated Rob Walton, ORU head coach and Team USA’s pitching coach. “It has been a great experience for Chris and very rewarding for me to watch him excel at this level and wear a Team USA uniform.”

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