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July 18, 2014

Collegiate National Team: Lemoine earns yet another win for Team USA
Jake Lemoine strikeouts out six in 5.0 shutout innings

HAARLEM, The Netherlands – The USA Baseball Collegiate National Team, led by Houston right-hander starting pitcher Jake Lemoine, posted yet another shutout, its fifth in the last seven games, as it cruised past Chinese Taipei, 3-0, in the final game of the double round-robin portion of Honkbal Week at Pim Mulier Stadium on Friday.

Lemoine returned to the bump for his third summer start and was stellar once again. He led Team USA to the shutout when he produced 5.0-shutout frames, allowing just three hits, two walks with six strikeouts for the win.

His performance was the seventh consecutive effort of 5.0-plus shutout innings by a U.S. starter, including all six games at Honkbal Week.

“We just continue to get outstanding starting pitching and [Jake] Lemoine kept that going today. Even though we made a couple of errors, it was one of the better defensive games we have played as well. Our middle infielders made a number of big-time plays, turned some double plays and did some things that shortened innings for us. The intensity was a little down in the dugout today and we were just a touch flat, so we need to pick that up again with a big game coming up tomorrow,” Team USA manager Dave Van Horn (Arkansas) said.

On the summer, Lemoine is 2-1 with a 0.54 ERA and has fanned 12 in 16.2 innings. In his 13.2 innings as a starter, he has yet to allow a run and has struck out 11 in his last two starts.

With the win Team USA improves to 16-3-2 overall this summer, including a 5-1 record at Honkbal Week. It will advance to the sudden-death playoff rounds as the number-one seed and will play Chinese Taipei again on Saturday in the semifinals at 2 p.m. (7 a.m. CT).

July 5, 2014

Collegiate National Team: Lemoine starts vs. Chinese Taipei
Cougar tosses 5.2 shutout innings with five strikeouts in 0-0 tie

Making just his second summer start for USA Baseball's Collegiate National Team, Houston starter Jake Lemoine was stellar in his international-competition debut when he tossed 5.2 scoreless innings, allowing just two scattered hits and two walks to accompany his five strikeouts in the 0-0 draw against Chinese Taipei.

After allowing a leadoff walk to open the game and a two-out single after a caught stealing, Lemoine settled in and struck out the final hitter of the first inning for his second of the three outs recorded.

Lemoine went on to retire the next 14 hitters he faced en route to a five-strikeout day before allowing a one-out single in the sixth inning. He was able to induce a popout for the second out of the inning, but a two-out walk followed - which eventually allowed Lemoine to hand over the ball to teammate Justin Garza (out of Cal State Fullerton) with two runners on and two outs. A walk loaded the bases, but Garza fanned the final hitter of the sixth, preserving the shutout gem by Lemoine.

Now in two summer appearances with the Collegiate National Team, Lemoine has fanned six in just 8.2 shutout innings of work for a 0.00 ERA.

Due to the two teams playing a double-header on Saturday, there was no international tie-breaker to decide the first game as it ended in a 0-0 tie.


June 30, 2014

Collegiate National Team: Team USA Finalizes 24-Man Roster
Lemoine is lone player to represent American Athletic Conference

CARY, N.C. - The USA Baseball Collegiate National Team has finalized its 24-man roster that will take part in international competition this summer. The group of 24 features 12 hitters and 12 pitchers. Alex Bregman (LSU) and Ryan Burr (Arizona State) will be serving their second tour with the squad.

For Bregman, it marks the fourth time in his career that he will represent USA Baseball after also playing with the 2010 16U and 2011 18U National Teams. It is Burr's third time donning the Red, White and Blue, having also played on the 2010 16U National Team.

Three members of the team are making their debut on the collegiate roster, but have represented USA Baseball at various times throughout their prep careers. Chris Okey (C, Clemson) has played with the 2010 16U, 2011 18U and 2012 18U National Teams, while Carson Fulmer (RHP, Vanderbilt) participated with the 2011 18U National Team as well. Zack Collins (C, Miami) played with the 2011 16U team.

A total of 19 other athletes will be representing USA Baseball for the first time in their amateur careers. Completing the remainder of the roster are: Nick Banks (OF, Texas A&M), Thomas Eshelman (RHP, Cal State Fullerton), Kyle Funkhouser (RHP, Louisville), Justin Garza (RHP, Cal State Fullerton), Tyler Jay (LHP, Illinois), James Kaprielian (RHP, UCLA), Trey Killian (RHP, Arkansas), Jake Lemoine (RHP, Houston), Mark Mathias (IF, Cal Poly), Tate Matheny (OF, Missouri State), A.J. Minter (Texas A&M), Andrew Moore (RHP, Oregon State), Bryan Reynolds (OF, Vanderbilt), Dansby Swanson (IF, Vanderbilt), Christin Stewart (Tennessee), DJ Stewart (OF, Florida State), Dillon Tate (RHP, UCSB), Blake Trahan (IF, Louisiana Lafayette) and Taylor Ward (C, Fresno State)

Remaining with the team as an alternate through its five-game series against Chinese Taipei on July 5 is Bailey Ober (RHP, College of Charleston).

The Collegiate National Team opens its series against Chinese Taipei at 7:05 p.m. on July 1 at the National Training Complex in Cary, N.C. The teams will play again on July 2 at Keeter Stadium in Shelby, N.C., on July 3 at BB&T Ballpark in Charlotte, N.C., and on July 4 and 5 at Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, N.C.

Team USA will then host a three-game set against Japan July 6-8 in Thomasville, Wilson and Wilmington, N.C., before traveling to the Netherlands for Honkbal-Haarlem Baseball Week, July 11-20. Following that tournament, the U.S. will head to Cuba for a five-game friendship series, July 23-27.

June 24, 2014

Collegiate National Team: Team USA Twirls 2-0 Shutout at Fayetteville
Lemoine fires 3.0 shutout innings in first summmer start

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. - Five pitches combined to twirl a two-hit shutout as the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team improved to 4-0 on the summer by blanking the Fayetteville SwampDogs, 2-0, on Tuesday evening at J.P. Riddle Stadium.

"I thought our pitching did a tremendous job," Team USA manager Dave Van Horn said. "All five of them came in with the right mindset and just did a tremendous job. Sometimes it is hard when you are normally a starter and you are asked to come in second and that is what we had today.

"I thought we played outstanding defense as well. We had two or three highlight-reel plays that helped to shorten the game for us a little bit. I was really proud of them for that, especially after not playing very good defense last night. They really bounced back today."

Houston right-hander Jake Lemoine, who started the contest for Team USA, and Texas A&M southpaw A.J. Minter both fired three scoreless frames, allowing just one hit each. Skylar Hunter (The Citadel), Tyler Jay (Illinois) and Dillon Tate (UCSB) then closed out the contest with a shutout frame each, with Tate earning his first save.

The U.S. opened the scoring in the second when Christin Stewart (Tennessee) and Mark Matthias (Cal Poly) delivered back-to-back doubles to lead off the inning. Team USA then put together a two-out rally in the fourth for its second run, getting consecutive walks from Matthias and Zack Collins (Miami) before Sheldon Neuse (Oklahoma) scorched a single back up the middle to make it a 2-0 ball game.

That would be all the U.S. pitching staff would need though as it allowed just five baserunners all night and the defense played error-free baseball behind it.  

The Collegiate National Team will continue its Red, White and Blue Tour when it travels to Wilson, N.C., on Wednesday to take on the Wilson Tobs at 7 p.m. at Fleming Stadium. Arkansas right-hander Trey Killian will get the start on the mound. Batting practice for the U.S. squad will run from 5:15-6 p.m.

July 20, 2014

Collegiate National Team:  29 Players Report to Team USA on Friday
First game slated for Saturday evening vs. Catawba Valley All-Stars

CARY, N.C. - The USA Baseball Collegiate National Team welcomed 29 of college baseball's top underclassmen on Friday as the squad opened training camp at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C.

Led by manager Dave Van Horn of Arkansas, the CNT coaching staff will be charged with the task of putting together a 24-man roster for the summer tour that will feature Friendship Series against Chinese Taipei and Japan, as well as international trips to Honkbal Week in Haarlem, The Netherlands and a five-game series in Cuba.

Of the 29 players who have reported, seven have already guaranteed their spot on the team, while 22 others arrive in North Carolina with hopes of earning a spot on the roster.

Already guaranteed a spot on the roster are INF Alex Bregman (LSU), RHP Ryan Burr (Arizona State), RHP James Kaprelian (UCLA), RHP Jake Lemoine (Houston), C Chris Okey (Clemson), OF D.J. Stewart (Florida State) and INF Blake Trahan (Lousiana Lafayette).

The 22 hopefuls hail from coast-to-coast and include OF Nick Banks (Texas A&M), OF Ryan Boldt (Nebraska), C Zack Collins (Miami), RHP Thomas Eshelman (Cal State Fullerton), RHP Justin Garza (Cal State Fullerton), INF Casey Golden (UNC Wilmington), RHP Jimmy Herget (USF), RHP Skylar Hunter (The Citadel), LHP Tyler Jay (Illinois), RHP Trey Killian (Arkansas), RHP Brandon Koch (Dallas Baptist), OF Tate Matheny (Missouri State), INF Mark Matthias (Cal Poly), LHP A.J. Minter (Texas A&M), RHP Andrew Moore (Oregon State), INF Sheldon Neuse (Oklahoma), INF Kevin Newman (Arizona), RHP Bailey Ober (College of Charleston), OF Christin Stewart (Tennessee), RHP Dillon Tate (UC Santa Barbara), RHP Robert Tyler (Georgia) and C Taylor Ward (Fresno State).

Five other players who have been representing their collegiate team in Omaha at the College World Series will join the Collegiate National Team at a later date. Three players - LHP Nathan Kirby (Virginia), RHP Carson Fulmer (Vanderbilt) and INF Dansby Swanson (Vanderbilt) - are guaranteed roster spots while RHP Kyle Funkhouser (Louisville) and OF Bryan Reynolds (Vanderbilt) will join the squad looking to earn a spot on the final roster.

Joining Van Horn on the coaching staff for the Collegiate National Team this summer will be Texas A&M's Rob Childress, New Mexico's Ray Birmingham and Pepperdine's Steve Rodriguez. Gary Denbo from the New York Yankees organization will assist the team as a hitting consultant and Joe Patterson from Owassa High School (Okla.) will be the squad's bullpen coach.

Rounding out the CNT staff are Notre Dame's Scott Stansbury as the athletic trainer, Bill Burniston as the strength and conditioning coach and Cameron Harris who will be the press officer.

The Collegiate National Team opened its training camp with an afternoon practice on Friday. Team USA's first game is set for 7:30 p.m. on Saturday against the Catawba Valley All-Stars at the USA Baseball National Training Complex.

April 23, 2014

Lemoine Named to USA Baseball Collegiate National Team

HOUSTON - Houston Baseball sophomore Jake Lemoine has been selected and accepted his invitation to compete for the 2014 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team this summer, announced by USA Baseball.

Lemoine was selected among the nation's elite to compete and represent the United States, which will feature several stops on U.S. soil vs. Chinese Taipei and trips to The Netherlands and Cuba. Lemoine will begin his 39-day journey this summer in late June and continue through the month of July.

"It is an honor to play for Team USA knowing only a handful of players are selected to play for this prestigious team," Lemoine said. "I'm excited to be able to represent my country, University of Houston and my hometown. This experience is going to be different having never played international baseball, but I'm looking forward to it. I think I'm going to like it a lot."

The Bridge City, Texas native became the first Cougar since Michael Bourn in 2006 to compete for USA Baseball, while becoming just the fifth Cougar to represent Houston on the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team. Lemoine also becomes the first pitcher selected to the Collegiate National Team from Houston since Brad Sullivan in 2002.

"Jake has really elevated his game and his expectation level for himself and I think he understands confidence is everything," said head coach Todd Whitting. "He understands that he is one of the best pitchers in this country and once he realized that, that gave him confidence to dominate to this point in this season."

Joining Lemoine as members of a USA Baseball Team from Houston were Michael Bourn (2006 - Olympic), Rob Johnson (2005 - World Cup), Jesse Crain (2003 - Olympic), Brad Sullivan (2002 - Collegiate), Chris Snyder (2001 - Collegiate), Shane Nance (1999 - Collegiate), Kyle Crowell (1999 - Collegiate), Shane Nance (1998 - Collegiate), while current Houston assistant coach Trip Couch was a part of the Collegiate National Team coaching staff in 1999.

"This honor for Jake is a sign of a good program and one that is headed in the right direction especially when your players receive accolades and individual honors like Jake has had," said Whitting. "There was a time period here at Houston where we were running guys in and out on the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team. There has been a little bit of a lapse here of late not having anyone participate on that team so I'm really proud of him and how he has responded to his role this year."

The 2014 Collegiate National Team will be coached by Arkansas head coach Dave Van Horn. The team's assistant coaches include Rob Childress (head coach at Texas A&M), Ray Birmingham (head coach at New Mexico) and Steve Rodriguez (head coach at Pepperdine).

"The thing I look forward to the most about playing for this team will be competing internationally with and against some of the best college baseball players in this country," said Lemoine on what he looks forward to most.

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