FAYETTEVILLE – Sophomore infielder Matt Reynolds has been added to the roster of the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team, it was announced on Thursday. Reynolds is expected to join the team in North Carolina on Saturday.
A native of Tulsa, Okla., Reynolds is the fourth Razorback to play for Team USA this summer, joining sophomore DJ Baxendale and freshmen Dominic Ficociello and Ryne Stanek, who are currently with the team. In addition, Arkansas head coach Dave Van Horn is serving as an assistant coach for Team USA this summer.
Reynolds started 59 of Arkansas’ 62 games during the 2011 season, seeing time at both third base and shortstop. Reynolds finished the season with a .243 batting average, three homers and 22 RBI. He stole 16 bases, which ranked fourth on the team, and was caught stealing just twice. In his first two seasons in Fayetteville, Reynolds has played in 83 games, with 75 starts, and has a career batting average of .233 with four homers and 27 RBI.
The USA Collegiate National Team is 5-1 this summer and recently completed its tour of the Northeast, where it played teams from the New England Collegiate Baseball League. The team is now in North Carolina, where it will face the Gastonia Grizzlies, a team from the Coastal Plain League, tonight. The Collegiate National Team will play the 18U National Team on July 1 and 2, before opening its five-game series against Japan on July 3.