Friday, 28 June 2013

Baseball. Welmon Invited to CNT Training Camp

June 18, 2013

LMU standout right-hander Colin Welmon earned an invite to the U.S. Collegiate National Team training camp with a chance to earn a spot on the 24-man roster. Team USA will begin the training camp process on June 20 in Cary, N.C. with the final roster to be set prior to the team's departure for Japan on July 3.

"Colin has proven he is one of the best amateur pitchers in the country, and his invite to try out for Team USA is well deserved," LMU head coach Jason Gill said. "Any player who has the opportunity to wear his nations colors and represent our country in our country's game should be honored and Colin definitely feels blessed. We are all very proud of what Colin has done so far in a Lion uniform, and now just the idea of him being able to do that for our country is very special."

Welmon, a first team All-WCC selection, served as LMU's Friday starter for the majority of the 2013 season, pitching to a 5-4 record and a team-best 2.30 ERA with 64 strikeouts over 12 starts and 78.1 innings of work. The right-hander held opponents to a .223 average against while posting one complete game and having his hand in a pair of shutouts. Welmon went 3-2 with a 3.20 ERA over seven starts against WCC teams.

Should Welmon ultimately be named to the team, it would mark the second consecutive summer that LMU baseball placed a player on the National Team. Colton Plaia, who was drafted by the New York Mets in the 15th round of the 2013 MLB Draft, competed for the squad last year while playing for Gill, who was serving as an assistant coach for the National Team.

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