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Baseball's Wheeler Earns Invite to USA Baseball National Team Trials

Baseball's Wheeler Earns Invite to USA Baseball National Team Trials

CONWAY, S.C. – Coastal Carolina University sophomore pitcher Cody Wheeler (Spotsylvania, Va./Spotsylvania) has been invited to the 2009 USA Baseball National Team Trials to be held at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C., June 15-24, the organization announced today.   Wheeler is 8-0 with a 3.34 earned-run average in 11 starts this season for the Chanticleers. He has struck out 73 batters in 70 innings pitched. The sophomore lefthander also has an opponent’s batting average of .221. The highlight of the season for Wheeler so far has been the no-hitter he threw March 26 against Hawai’i. He struck out 10 Rainbows in the complete-game effort. He also had 10 strikeouts against Radford and had a 17.2 inning hitless streak from March 20-April 3. He has allowed just 14 extra-base hits on the season and has had seven or more strikeouts in a game in six of his 11 starts.   The National Team Trials will be comprised of 36 collegiate players vying for a spot on the final 22-man roster to be announced on June 24.   The 2009 National Team will compete in several exhibition games in the Triangle-area of North Carolina, including a friendly series against the Canadian National Team June 25-29, which will be played across both the Durham Bulls Athletic Park and the USA Baseball National Training Complex. Following its domestic exhibition schedule, the U.S. will travel to Japan to compete in the 37th Annual Japan vs. USA Collegiate Championships before closing out its summer in Canada at the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline World Baseball Challenge in Prince George, British Columbia.   If Wheeler makes the final 22-man roster, he will be the second Chanticleer in as many years to be on the USA Collegiate National Team. Sophomore Scott Woodward (Markle, Ind./Norwell) was on last year’s team that went 24-0 and won the FISU World University Championships in the Czech Republic and the Honkbal Tournament in the Netherlands.   Coastal Carolina returns from final exams to host VMI Saturday, May 9 at 6 p.m., in Watson Stadium/Vrooman Field.