Hodges Invited to USA Baseball Trials

Third baseman joins Matt Wieters on invited list.

Wes Hodges is invited to the USA Baseball National Team Trials this summer.

Wes Hodges is invited to the USA Baseball National Team Trials this summer.

May 26, 2005

ATLANTA - Georgia Tech sophomore third baseman Wes Hodges is one of 12 additional players invited to participate in the 2005 USA Baseball National Team Trials - to be held June 27-30 in Raleigh, North Carolina.

The USA Baseball National Team will be selected from a pool of 36 players, of which an additional nine have yet to be determined. The official 20-man team roster will be announced on July 1.

"This second list of invitees to the trials represents non-draft eligible players who's continued 2005 performance on the field has warranted an invite to the trials," said USA Baseball General Manager of National Teams Eric Campbell. "They add to an already great group of players." USA Baseball will announce a final list of invitees to the trials in June.

Hodges leads the Yellow Jackets with a .423 batting average, 96 hits, a .494 on base percentage and a .617 slugging percentage in 2005.

The 2005 USA Baseball National Team will participate in the 34th Annual USA vs. Japan Collegiate Championship Series in Japan, July 8-12 and a Friendship Series vs. Taiwan in Chinese Taipei, July 15-19 prior to returning home to play six exhibition games at Durham Bulls Athletic Park this summer, July 22-24 & July 29-31. USA Baseball will announce a full National Team game schedule at a later date.

The 12 most recent players that have accepted invitations to the 2005 USA Baseball National Team Trials:

Player            Pos     Yr   School         Hometown
Ambort, Michael   C       So   Lamar          Rockville Centre, NY
Davis, Adam       IF/OF   So   Florida        Fort Myers, FL
Donald, Jason     IF      So   Arizona        Clovis, CA
Doolittle, Sean   LHP/IF  Fr   Virginia       Tabernacle, NJ
Gaub, John        LHP     So   Minnesota      South St. Paul, MN
Hodges, Wes       IF      So   Georgia Tech   Ooltewah, TN
Kennedy, Ian      RHP     So   USC            Huntington Beach, CA
LaPorta, Matt     IF/UT   So   Florida        Port Charlotte, FL
Mills, Beau       IF      Fr   Fresno State   Visalia, CA
Melancon, Mark    RHP     So   Arizona        Golden, CO
Schmidt, Nick     LHP     Fr   Arkansas       High Ridge, MO
Shelby, John      IF/OF   So   Kentucky       Lexington, KY

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