Federowicz Selected For USA Baseball Trials

Carolina catcher up for spot on U.S. national team.

Tim Federowicz was invited to the 2006 USA Baseball National Team Trials Thursday.

Tim Federowicz was invited to the 2006 USA Baseball National Team Trials Thursday.

June 16, 2006

DURHAM, N.C. - North Carolina freshman catcher Tim Federowicz was one of 15 additional players to receive an invitation to the 2006 USA Baseball National Team Trials, the organization announced Thursday. The trials will be held June 24-July 1 in conjunction with the New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL).

Federowicz led the Tar Heels with a .692 average (9-13) in the Chapel Hill Regional and is batting .320 with 10 home runs and 55 RBI on the season. He has been just as valuable behind the plate, where he has committed just two errors and has thrown out 11 base runners. Opponents have attempted to steal just 23 times against him.

Federowicz is the first Tar Heel invited to national team trials since Daniel Bard was a member of the team in 2004.

The USA Baseball National Team will be selected from the pool of players at the trials. The first 20 player invitations were announced in mid-May. The official 22-man team roster will be announced on July 2.

USA Baseball's General Manager, National Teams, Eric Campbell commented, "We want to thank Tim Corbin and the coaching staff for a very time consuming, diligent and thorough process as members of the selection committee. A number of players from the entire landscape of college baseball were followed throughout the college baseball season and the 35 players selected to the trials represent yet another great group of players who will attempt to earn a spot on the USA Baseball National Team."

The 2006 USA Baseball National Team Trials will be held in conjunction with the New England Collegiate Baseball League. Team USA will also participate in the 35th Annual USA vs. Japan Collegiate Championship Series and in International Friendship series versus Chinese Taipei, Germany and Korea. The summer will end in Havana, Cuba at the III FISU World University Championship where the USA is the defending gold medalist.

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