UofL Baseball SID Garett Wall
DURHAM, N.C. – Louisville sophomore shortstop Devin Hairston has earned and accepted an invitation to compete for a roster spot on the 2016 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team.
A native of Lexington, Kentucky, Hairston is scheduled to participate in the team’s training camp starting June 27 in Southern California and will compete for one of the openings on the final 24-player roster. Hairston is the second member of the Cardinals to receive the call from Team USA this spring joining sophomore pitcher/first baseman Brendan McKay, who accepted a roster spot in March.
An All-ACC Third Team selection, Hairston started all 56 regular season games hitting for a .368 average with three home runs, 44 RBI, 13 doubles and 50 runs scored. The defensive whiz up the middle also leads the Cardinals with 27 multiple-hit games and enters the postseason on an 11-game hitting streak.
Guided by University of Oregon head coach George Horton, the USA Collegiate National Team will conduct a training camp in Southern California from June 28-July 2 before visiting Taiwan (July 5-9), Japan (July 12-17) and Cuba (July 22-26) for a series of games. The trip to Japan will include the 40th USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Star Series.
Hairston’s training camp spot marks the 12th time a Louisville player has earned an invitation from the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team joining Brendan McKay (2015 and 2016), Zack Burdi (2015), Corey Ray (2015), Kyle Funkhouser (2014), Nick Burdi (2013), Ryan Wright (2010), Phil Wunderlich (2009), Tony Zych (2009), Justin Marks (2008) and Mark Jurich (2002). It marks the 19th time a player coached or signed by Louisville head coach Dan McDonnell, who served as an assistant with the 2009 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team, earned international baseball experience.
The No. 3 Louisville baseball team (46-10) opens the 2016 ACC Championship against Wake Forest on Wednesday at 7 p.m., ET at Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, North Carolina.