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Wilkins named to USA team

Wilkins named to USA team

FAYETTEVILLE – Sophomore Andy Wilkins was named to the USA National (Collegiate) Team late Wednesday night it was announced by USA Baseball.

A late addition to the team trials because of Arkansas’ run at the College World Series, Wilkins joined the tryouts on Monday and made an immediate impact by going 2-5 in his first appearance with a run scored and RBI. Wilkins added another run in Tuesday’s session after reaching base via a walk and following Wednesday’s contest was selected as one of 22 players on the national team.

Wilkins is one of five infielders on the squad joining shortstop/second baseman Christian Colon of Cal St. Fullerton, shortstop Rick Hague of Rice, middle infielder Brad Miller of Clemson and utility player Kolten Wong of Hawaii. The team also consists of five outfielders, two catchers and 10 pitchers.

The USA Baseball National Team now embarks on an ambitious 27-game schedule over 32 days which starts in North Carolina, moves to the Northeast in New Hampshire and Massachusetts before going global with games in Japan and Canada. Team USA’s first competition pits it against Team Canada in Cary, N.C. on Thursday, June 25. After five games with its neighbor from the north, Team USA then plays Guatemala in North Carolina before showcasing its talents up north. The schedule then moves to Japan for five games across the country before wrapping up at the World Baseball Challenge in Prince George, British Columbia, July 19-26.

Wilkins was a force for the Razorbacks this spring, anchoring the middle of the order. He led the Razorbacks in five offensive categories including batting average, doubles, home runs, total bases and RBI. His 19 home runs this season rank tied for fourth on Arkansas’ all-time single season charts and his 150 total bases and 37 extra-base hits rank 10th on the same charts. Wilkins was also second on the team in walks in 2009 with 48, a total that ranks eighth all-time. Wilkins is also starting to climb up Arkansas’ career charts as he ranks fifth in career slugging percentage at .620

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2009 USA Baseball National Team (Collegiate) Schedule
June 25vs. CanadaCary, N.C7:00 p.m.
June 26vs. CanadaDurham, N.C.7:05 p.m.
June 27vs. CanadaDurham, N.C.7:05 p.m.
June 28vs. CanadaDurham, N.C.5:05 p.m.
June 29vs. CanadaCary, N.C7:30 p.m.
June 30vs. TBDTBDTBD
July 1vs. GuatemalaKannapolis, N.C.7:05 p.m.
July 2vs. GuatemalaCary, N.C7:00 p.m.
July 3vs. GuatemalaCary, N.C6:30 p.m.
July 4vs. GuatemalaDurham, N.C.6:05 p.m.
July 5vs. NECBL All-StarsManchester, N.H.2:45 p.m.
July 6vs. HolyokeHolyoke, Mass.TBD
July 7vs. North Shore NavigatorsLynn, Mass.TBD
July 10vs. Kokusai Budo UniversityTokyo, JapanTBD
37th USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Star Championship
July 11vs. JapanMatsuyama, Japan11:00 p.m.
July 13vs. JapanTokyo, Japan4:00 a.m.
July 14vs. JapanSendai, Japan4:00 a.m.
July 15vs. JapanTsuruoka, Japan4:00 a.m.
July 16vs. JapanTokyo, Japan4:00 a.m.
World Baseball Challenge
July 19vs. CanadaPrince Georgia, British Columbia7:00 p.m.
July 20vs. BahamasPrince Georgia, British Columbia8:00 p.m.
July 21vs. USA-RenoPrince Georgia, British Columbia8:00 p.m.
July 22vs. Prince George AxemanPrince Georgia, British Columbia11:00 p.m.
July 23vs. Chinese TaipeiPrince Georgia, British Columbia11:00 p.m.
July 24vs. Beijing TigersPrince Georgia, British Columbia5:00 p.m.
July 25vs. GermanyPrince Georgia, British Columbia4:00 p.m.
July 26World Baseball Challenge FinalsPrince Georgia, British ColumbiaTBD

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