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FSU Baseball Star Smith Invited To Team USA Trials

April 19, 2000

Tucson, Ariz. — USA Baseball announced today the roster of the first
20 players invited to participate in the 2000 USA Baseball National Team
Trials – to be held in Tucson, June 16-21.

The National Team will be
selected from a pool of 35-40 players at the trials. USA Baseball will
announce the names of the remaining playes to be invited sometime by the
end of May.

Chris Smith, a sophomore right fielder, is hitting .404 for No. 2 ranked
Florida State (37-7), is one of six invitees from the Atlantic Coast
Conference. Smith leads FSU with 11 home runs and has 50 RBI, 55 runs
scored, 21 doubles and three triples on the year.

The Wantagh, NY
native has also made four pitching appearances (4.2 innings) without
giving up an earned run. Listed below are the first 20 invitees:

Southern California’s Mike Gillespie will serve as the head coach for
the team. The team will be holding practice sessions at the Hi Corbett
Field facilities in Tucson beginning Friday, June 16.

The official team
roster will be determined and announced on June 21.

* NOTE: This is NOT the team nor the players that will represent the
United States in the 2000 Summer Olympics.

Baker, JeffIF6-1195R/R6-21-81FrClemsonWoodbridge, VA
Bengochea, KikiRHP6-2195R/R12-4-80FrMiami Miami, Fla.
Budde, RyanC5-10182R/R8-15-79SoOklahoma St.Midwest City, OK
Burke, ChrisIF5-11180R/R3-11-80SoTennesseeLouisville, KY
Carlson, ZaneRHP5-10160R/R8-11-80FrBaylor Dallas, Texas
Crosby, BobbyIF6-3190R/R1-12-80SoLong Beach St.Cypress, Calif.
Dinardo, LenLHP6-4190L/L9-19-79SoStetson High Springs, Fla.
Greenberg, AdamOF5-9165L/R2-21-81FrNorth CarolinaGuilford, Conn.
Gross, GabeOF6-3205L/R10-21-79SoAuburnDothan, Ala.
Howard, RyanIF6-4215L/L11-19-79SoSW Missouri St.St. Louis, MO
Karp, JoshRHP6-5195R/R9-21-79SoUCLABothell, Wash.
Keppinger, JeffIF6-0170R/R4-21-80SoGeorgia Auburn, GA
Lewis, RichardIF6-1180R/R6-29-80SoGeorgia TechMarietta, GA
Prior, MarkRHP6-5220R/R9-7-80SoUSC Bonita, Calif.
Sager, BrianRHP6-5230R/R10-30-79SoStanfordBranford, Conn.
Schmidt, JarrodRHP6-1215R/R10-2-80FrClemson Marietta, GA
Shoppach, KellyC5-11210R/R4-29-80SoBaylor Fort Worth, Texas
Smith, ChrisOF6-1190L/L12-10-79SoFlorida St.Wantagh, NY
Switzer, JonLHP6-2180L/L8-13-79SoArizona St.Houston, Texas
Teixeira, MarkIF6-2215R/R4-11-80SoGeorgia TechSeverna Park, MD
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