Auburn's Mize to join USA Baseball CollegiateTeam

AUBURN,  Ala. – Auburn baseball sophomore right-hander Casey Mize has accepted  an invitation to join the 2017 USA Baseball Collegiate National team  this summer.


“This  means a lot. This has been a goal of mine for some time now,” Mize  said. “I’m really ready to go learn from and compete with these guys.  This is the top players in the country and I’m really looking forward to the opportunity to  represent the United States. This is truly an honor.”


Mize  is enjoying a stellar sophomore season. The Springville, Ala. native  leads the Tigers and the Southeastern Conference with a 6-1 record and  is first in the SEC and third nationally with 82 strikeouts on the year. 


He  became the first Auburn pitcher to record back-to-back games with 12 or  more strikeouts since 1999 and his 1.23 ERA is third in the SEC and  18th nationally.


“I  think every coach and player affiliated with Auburn baseball is excited  for this opportunity for Casey to represent our country,” Auburn head  coach Butch Thompson said. “I think Casey will be the first to tell you that several of his  coaches and especially his teammates are a huge part of this. I think we  are all thankful to be a part of Auburn University and the  opportunities it presents us now and for the rest of our lives.”


Mize  is the eighth Auburn player to be selected for the USA Baseball  Collegiate National Team joining Gregg Olson (1987), Mark Bellhorn  (1993-94), John Powell (1993), Steven Register (2003), Hunter Morris (2008) and Anfernee Grier (2015).


The  2017 Collegiate National Team will train at the USA Baseball National  Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina, and compete in a series of  games with teams from the Coastal Plains League from June 20-25. The U.S. will then host  international friendship series against Chinese Taipei and Cuba from  June 27 – July 7, in Cary, Charlotte and Durham, North Carolina.  Both  series will be streamed live on  Follow @USABaseball and @USABaseballCNT on Twitter for all of the latest news on USA Baseball and the Collegiate National Team.


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