Razorbacks' DJ Baxendale Named to USA Baseball Collegiate National Team

by ArkansasSports360.com Staff  on Tuesday, May. 10, 2011 9:49 am  

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DJ Baxendale has been impressive in less than two seasons pitching for Arkansas. So impressive, in fact, he’s been selected to the 22-man roster for the 2011 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team.

Baxendale, a Jacksonville native, is the eighth Razorback picked for Team USA. Coach Dave Van Horn will be an assistant on the team this summer.

“It’s a real honor to be selected for the team and to be able to represent the University of Arkansas on Team USA,” Baxendale said. “I’m looking forward to playing some tough competition this summer and representing my country on the baseball field.”

Currently, he ranks No. 3 in the SEC with a 1.58 ERA and has a 7-1 record with two saves in 14 appearances, including eight starts. Baxendale has 57 innings and allowed only 14 runs (10 earned) with 53 strikeouts and only 11 walks, while opponents are batting just .226 against him.

Baxendale threw his first complete game, tying a career high with seven strikeouts and allowing just three runs to pick up the win against the Gators.

USA’s national collegiate team will play 11 games this summer, including a five-game series with Japan on July 3-8. The team comes together on June 22 and replacements will be made for any players whose team is competing in the College World Series.

“I’m really proud of DJ for being selected by the committee and coaches of the collegiate national team,” Van Horn said in a statement. “He’s a great representative for the University of Arkansas and the state of Arkansas. I think it’s well deserved. He’s put up outstanding numbers this year and hopefully he’ll continue that for the rest of the season.”



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