Winthrop left-hander Matt Crohan was selected to compete at the 2015 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team training camp. Crohan would become the first Eagle to ever be chosen to play for the collegiate national team. He will report to Team USA training camp in Cary, N.C., on June 18 and will be competing for one of about 12 available roster spots.
Crohan, who was in the weekend rotation and helped lead Winthrop to a 40-19 record this season, compiled a 7-4 record with a 3.05 earned run average in 14 starts and 76 2/3 innings. He ranked second on the staff in strikeouts with 87 and allowed only 60 hits, the lowest total among all Winthrop starting pitchers. In 31 career appearances, the rising junior has made 19 starts while compiling a 3.47 ERA. His top performance came this year on March 29 at Coastal Carolina when he allowed only one hit, no runs and struck out 12 in eight innings of a 3-0 victory over the Chanticleers , who received a No. 2 Regional seed in this year’s NCAA tournament.
“This is a great honor for Matt to have a chance to compete for a roster spot on Team USA this summer,” said Tom Riginos, Winthrop’s coach. “We are very proud of what he has accomplished and for all of his hard work, We look forward to seeing Matt represent the USA and Winthrop University this summer. Hopefully our fans will have an opportunity to watch Matt and Team USA play in Charlotte in their July 4th game against Cuba.”
Team USA will face international friendship series beginning June 22 against Chinese Taipei and Cuba. Games will be played at the National Training Complex in Cary, the Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham and BB&T Ballpark in Charlotte. The game in Charlotte will be against Cuba on July 4. Following the series with Chinese Taipei and Cuba, Team USA will participate in the Americas Baseball Festival against the Canadian Senior National Team and the USA Baseball Pan American Games Team on July 7 and 8 in Cary.
Ed Blankmeyer of St. John’s University will serve as Team USA manager. Joining Blankmeyer on the coaching staff will be pitching coach, Gary Henderson (Kentucky), and assistants, Rich Hill (San Diego) and Paul Mainieri (Louisiana State).