June 18, 2010
DURHAM, N.C.-- Stanford lefthander Brett Mooneyham (Atwater, Calif.) is one 16 pitchers so far invited to USA Baseball's trials for the collegiate national team, set to play in the World University Baseball Championships in Tokyo in August.
Team USA, which can use up to 38 spots for its training roster, will pair down its team to 22 players on July 11 after six days of tryouts at Team USA's national training complex in Cary, N.C. July 5-11.
Mooneyham is one of five Pac-10 pitchers invited to the national team trials for head coach Bill Kinneberg.
Kinneberg, the head coach for newly invited Pac-10 member, Utah, is in his sixth season in Salt Lake City. Other conference pitchers include: lefthanders Tyler Anderson and Scott McGough, both from Oregon, and righthanders Gerrit Cole (UCLA) and Jeff Bandy (Arizona).
Team USA will play a game with Japan at Rosenblatt Stadium on July 21, as well as series with Korea in North Carolina and at Chinese Tapei in July prior to the championships July 30-August 7.
Stanford Baseball has had a rich tradition of being a part of Team USA. Head Coach Mark Marquess won a Gold Medal in Seoul in 1988 coaching fellow Cardinal Doug Robbins and Ed Sprague. That was Marquess third time as head coach for Team USA, as he has the distinction of being the first person to beat Cuba as both a player (1967) and a coach (1981).
Stanford has had seven Olympians, which along with Robbins and Sprague, include: Willie Adams, Jeffrey Hammonds and Rick Helling in Barcelona (1992), A.J. Hinch in Atlanta (1996) and John Gall in Beijing (2008).
Thirty-two players have worn the Red, White and Blue in Stanford's history.
Mooneyham is currently pitching in the Cape Cod League with teammates Jordan Pries and Scott Snodgress. In his first start for Yarmouth-Dennis, he struck out seven over 5.0 innings, giving up one run on three hits.
Mooneyham went 3-7 with a 5.07 ERA for the 31-25 Cardinal in 2010. After giving up 14 earned runs (11.81 ERA) over his first three starts, the lefthander settled down posting a 3-4 record and 3.82 ERA over his last 12 regular season starts, striking out 74 in 66.0 innings. He reached the sixth in eight of his last nine starts, which included a postseason loss to CS Fullerton. Overall he struck out 99 over 87.0 innings.
Team USA Schedule and Results:
Members of Team USA from Stanford:
Willie Adams (1992), Mike Aldrete (1982), Jeff Austin
(1997), Jeff Ballard (1983), Roger Burnett (1990), Paul Carey (1989), Tim Cunningham
(2001), Brian Dallimore (1994), Mike Dotterer (1981), Sam Fuld
(2001-02), John Gall
(1988, 1999, 2008), Ryan Garko
(2002), Jody Gerut (1997), Mike Gosling
(2000), Jeffrey Hammonds (1991-92), Rick Helling (1992), A.J. Hinch (1993-96), Jed Lowrie
(2004), Mark Marquess
(1967-player, 1981, 1987, 1988-coach), John Mayberry, Jr.
(2004), David McCarty (1990), Jack McDowell (1985), Jason Middlebrook (1994), Danny Putnam
(2003), Carlos Quentin
(2001-02), Larry Reynolds (1978), Doug Robbins (1988), Mark Romanczuk
(2003-04), Ed Sprague (1987-88), John Verducci (1983), Justin Wayne
(1999), Paul Zuvella (1978)