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Stanford's Mooneyham named to USA Baseball collegiate team

Americans open summer season on Tuesday before facing Korea this week

Stanford lefthander Brett Mooneyham won't have to worry what he'll be doing this summer after being named to the Collegiate National Team late Sunday night after six days of trials at the USA Baseball National Training Facility in Cary, N.C.

Mooneyham threw four shutout innings in one of the six intra-squad scrimmages, after striking out 22 in 22.2 innings in the Cape Cod League for Yarmouth-Dennis to begin his summer. The sophomore had a 3.18 ERA in the Cape this summer, prior to the U.S. Trials.

The CNT's summer was supposed to get under way on Monday night against the Gastonia (N.C.) Grizzlies of the Coastal Plain League, but the contest was cancelled after a 30-minute rain delay. The game will not be rescheduled.

Team USA will be back in action Tuesday when it faces the host Fayetteville (N.C.) Swampdogs.

Coming up will be a five-game friendly with Korea, July 14-18. Along with playing an exhibition game against Japan at Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, on July 21, the team concludes its summer in Japan with the World University Games, July 30-August 7.

Mooneyham is the 33rd member of the Stanford family to wear the Red, White and Blue, seven have been Olympians.

In other summer baseball news:

Stanford players Chris Reed and Eric Smith were both named West All Stars for the upcoming Atlantic Collegiate Summer Baseball League on Monday night.

Smith, a freshman infielder last season, is batting .516 over the first 10 games of the season with four doubles and a triple to go along with six runs and four RBI. Smith's 31 at-bats is just out of the reach of the minimum for league leaders, as Lackawanna's Jon Wilson has 34 at-bats and is batting a league-best .441.

Reed, who just completed his sophomore season, has a 1.13 ERA over 16.0 innings and six appearances. The lefthander has struck out 17 and walked six while going 1-1.

Smith appeared in 36 games this past season, batting .286, while Reed had a 6.10 ERA over 19 games.

Stanford is expected to have a few more summer all-stars in the coming weeks, as the New England Collegiate Baseball League (announcement comes July 13) features both Kenny Diekroeger and Mark Appel, former players of the week, preparing for its game July 18; and the Cape Cod League, whose game is at Boston's Fenway Park on July 28.

-- Palo Alto Online Sports/Niall Adler, Stanford Sports Information

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