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Oct. 17, 1997

Texas Tech's Bard, Durham Invited to 1998 USA Baseball National Team Trials

LUBBOCK, Texas - Two Texas Tech baseball players- sophomore catcher Josh Bard (Englewood, Colo./Cherry Creek) and freshman outfielder Miles Durham (Abilene, Texas/Cooper) - were among the 66 nationwide collegiate baseball players selected to attend the USA Baseball National Team Trials from November 5-9, 1997 in Tucson, Ariz, USA Baseball announced today. Tryouts will take place at Hi Corbett Field, home of USA Baseball and Cactus League spring training home of the Colorado Rockies.

In preparation for competition for the summer of 1998, the USA Baseball national team trials will serve as the first step in USA Baseball's player evaluation and development process. Participating players will be eligible for the 1998 USA Baseball National team which will compete in the International Baseball Association's World Championship over the summer in Rome/Parma, Italy. Mississippi State head coach Ron Polk will serve as the USA National Team's head coach.

The 66 selected players will comprise three 22-man teams (Red, White, Blue) and will arrive in Tucson on Wednesday, November 5. The players will undergo skills/performance testing on Nov. 6 at Hi Corbett Field, a session open to Major League Baseball scouts. Over the next two days, each squad will play four games against each of the other two teams.

Bard, who played on the USA Baseball's 1997 squad this past summer finished with a .305 batting average, seven runs scored and nine RBI in USA Baseball's 34 summer games against international competition. He was joined on the team by junior teammate/pitcher Monty Ward and Texas Tech head coach Larry Hays. Bard started at catcher for the 46-14 Red Raiders and batted .359 with 13 home runs and 69 RBI during the 1997 season.

Durham is a freshman outfielder from Abilene where he lettered three years in baseball and football. Last year, Durham batted .487 with five home runs, 13 triples, 50 runs scored and 32 RBI. He was named All-State in both baseball and football his senior year.

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