Should be a good series: the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team will be taking on four summer-collegiate Coastal Plain League teams during the 2012 season.
Team USA, led by Tennessee head coach Dave Serrano, will start a three-day CPL trip on June 25 in Fayetteville, N.C., to face the Fayetteville SwampDogs. The ‘Dogs are no stranger to playing the Red, White, and Blue, as the two teams have faced off on the diamond three times before.
From Fayetteville, Team USA will journey to face two new CPL opponents in the Wilmington Sharks on June 26 and the Morehead City Marlins on June 27.
Then, on July 1, Team USA will make the trip to Forest City to play the Owls in a first-ever meeting between the two teams. The Owls, however, have already proven to be exciting hosts, as they created a memorable playing experience in 2011 when Team Japan came to play in a sold-out McNair Field.
“I am very happy to announce that the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team will be returning to play teams in the Coastal Plain League this summer,” said Eric Campbell, general manager of USA Baseball National Teams. “With the support of the CPL, USA Baseball is able to create a strong schedule for our nation’s best players. The Collegiate National Team will make a great swing through Fayetteville, Wilmington and Morehead City. It will be a wonderful way to start our summer – by playing against strong competition in scenic ballparks packed with great fans.”
“This is a very exciting addition to our 2012 league schedule,” said CPL assistant commissioner Justin Sellers. “We have a great relationship with USA Baseball and I want to personally thank them – and especially Eric Campbell – as well as all our team owners and general managers for helping make this possible. These four games will be quite memorable and filled full of talent that no fan will want to miss.”
The CPL will be the only summer league to host Team USA in its ballparks during the 2012 season.
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