DURHAM, N.C. -- USA Baseball and the New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL) announced Friday that the 2011 Collegiate National Team and Team NECBL will play an exhibition game at Fenway Park in Boston, on Monday, June 27, at 12:00 p.m. ET.
Team USA will play seven games against NECBL opponents from June 23-29. The exhibitions will lead into the inaugural USA Baseball Prospect Classic, July 1-2, where the Collegiate team will take on the 18U National Team for the first time. The U.S. schedule will conclude with the 38th annual USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Star Series, July 3-8, in games played across Durham, Cary and Kannapolis, N.C., and Omaha, Neb.
"We are excited to take on the NECBL All-Stars again this season," said Eric Campbell, USA Baseball Collegiate National Team General Manager. "The opportunity to play such a high level of competition at a historic venue like Fenway Park will be an unforgettable experience."
The last time a USA Baseball National Team program appeared at Fenway Park was in 1995 at the IBAF World AAA/18U Junior Championships. The 18U National Team defeated Australia, 5-4, in the semifinals, and Chinese Taipei, 10-0, for the gold medal. Prior to that, the 1984 Collegiate National Team -- which also served as the U.S. Olympic Baseball Team -- faced a team of local all-stars at Fenway Park as part of its exhibition schedule before heading to the Los Angeles Games.
The Collegiate team last faced the NECBL All-Stars in 2009 at MerchantsAuto.com Stadium in Manchester, N.H. The U.S. won the game, 4-1, behind a 3-for-4 performance from current Red Sox prospect Bryce Brentz.
USA Baseball alums currently on the Red Sox include manager Terry Francona (2001 World Cup) and players Daniel Bard (2004 Collegiate), Carl Crawford (2001 World Cup), J.D. Drew (1996 Collegiate), Jed Lowrie (2004 Collegiate), Dustin Pedroia (2002-03 Collegiate, 2009 World Baseball Classic), Jarrod Saltalamacchia (2001 16U, 2002 18U, 2005 CONCEBE Olympic Qualifier, 2006 COPABE Olympic Qualifier), Jason Varitek (1992 Collegiate, 2006 World Baseball Classic), Dan Wheeler (1999 Pan American, 2006 World Baseball Classic), and Kevin Youkilis (2009 World Baseball Classic).
The USA Baseball Collegiate National Team is made up of the top non-draft-eligible collegiate baseball players in the country. Players who have worn the red, white, and blue for the Collegiate team and have gone on to Major League Baseball success include such notables as Nomar Garciaparra (1992), Ryan Howard (2000), David Price (2005-06), Stephen Strasburg (2008), Huston Street (2002-03), and Mark Teixeira (2000).
The NECBL is a collegiate summer wood bat league with twelve teams in all six New England states. Teams are made up of NCAA athletes that have completed at least one year of athletic eligibility, and have at least one year of athletic eligibility remaining. Teams play 42 games from June through early August. Former NECBL players include Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Andre Either, Colorado Rockies catcher Chris Iannetta, Oakland Athletics 2009 Rookie of the Year closer Andrew Bailey, and Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg.
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