Virginia sophomore pitcher/first baseman Danny Hultzen (Bethesda, Md.) has been invited to the 2010 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team Trials, scheduled for July 5-11. Up to 38 players will be invited to the trials. The final roster will be announced July 11.
The collegiate national team is the defending gold medalists in the last three FISU World Collegiate Baseball Championships. The collegiate national team program won championships in 2004 (Taiwan), 2006 (Cuba) and in 2008 (Czech Republic).
The 2010 USA Baseball schedule will be highlighted by a trip to the FISU championship in Tokyo, Japan. Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Canada and the USA will headline the top tier of competition. The collegiate national team will also play a domestic series against Team Korea and a series versus Taiwan in Taipei City. A single game versus Japan in Rosenblatt Stadium will also highlight the 2010 domestic schedule.
Hultzen was a two-way standout for the Cavaliers last year, leading UVa to the ACC championship and a berth in the College World Series. The first ACC Freshman of the Year in Virginia history, Hultzen saw time at pitcher, first base, left field and designated hitter while earning a slot on the All-ACC First Team.
On the mound, he posted a 9-1 record with a 2.17 ERA in 17 games (16 starts). In 95 innings, Hultzen recorded 107 strikeouts, which is a Virginia freshman record and also ranks sixth overall in UVa history. His 16 starts tied a Virginia single-season record, while his total of nine wins is tied for sixth in the Virginia annals.
At the plate, Hultzen recorded a .327 batting average - second among ACC freshmen behind teammate Steven Proscia. He also hit three home runs and drove in 37 runs.