June 24, 2009
LUBBOCK, Texas -
Texas Tech junior right-hander Chad Bettis has been selected as a member of the 2009 USA Baseball National Team (Collegiate) as announced by USA team officials late Wednesday afternoon.
Bettis, a native of Lubbock, earned a spot on the national team after allowing only one hit and no runs in four innings pitched en route to recording one save during the USA National Team Trials held June 15-24 in Cary, N.C.
Bettis, an honorable mention All-Big 12 selection, is coming off a stellar sophomore season in 2009 where he was without a doubt the team's most valuable player. He led the Tech pitching staff with a 6-1 record along with seven saves and posted a 3.59 earned run average. His seven saves on the year ranks third all-time for the most in a single season. He also led the squad with 72 2/3 innings pitched and factored into 17 of Tech's 25 wins on the year.
Bettis becomes only the fifth player in Tech history to earn a spot on the national team joining Josh Bard (1997, 1998), Monty Ward (1997), Shane Wright (1998) and Roger Kieschnick (2006, 2007).
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 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.
The 2009 team will be coached by Tulane University head coach Rick Jones, who previously served as an assistant coach for the red, white and blue on the 1989 Presidential Cup Team and 1990 National Team. Jones is joined by pitching coach Mike Kennedy (head coach, Elon University) and assistant coaches Dan McDonnell (head coach, Louisville University) and Rob Cooper (head coach, Wright State University; 2007 USA Baseball National Team assistant coach).
USA Baseball will face Canada in their first meeting of the friendship series on Thursday at the USA Baseball National Training Complex. First pitch is set for 7 p.m. (ET).