June 11, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State’s Tyler Holt has been invited to the 2009 USA Baseball National Team Trials which will be held June 15-24 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C. The National Team Trials will comprise of 36 collegiate players vying for a spot on the final 22-man roster which will be announced on June 24.
Holt finished his sophomore campaign hitting .401 as he was one of just two Seminole student-athletes to start in all 63 games during the 2009 season. He collected 95 hits in 237 at-bats, recording 87 runs, 54 walks, 34 stolen bases and an on-base percentage of .520, the seventh highest recorded in a single-season at Florida State. Holt currently leads the ACC in runs scored, stolen bases, walks and on-base percentage, while ranking in the top 10 in batting average (3rd), doubles (3rd) and hits (t-3rd).
The Gainesville, Fla., native had a fantastic end to his second season leading Florida State to a berth in the Super Regionals. Holt hit .522 in five NCAA Tournament games with 12 hits, six doubles, 11 runs and three RBI.
Holt also had a solid season defensively posting a .993 fielding percentage out in center field. He committed just one error in 142 fielding opportunities.
The 2009 National Team will compete in several exhibition games in the Triangle-area of North Carolina, including a friendly series against the Canadian National Team, June 25-29, which will be played across both the Durham Bulls Athletic Park and the USA Baseball National Training Complex. Following its domestic exhibition schedule, the U.S. will travel to Japan to compete in the 37th Annual Japan vs. USA Collegiate Championships before closing out its summer in Canada at the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline World Baseball Challenge in Prince George, British Columbia.
The 2009 team will be coached by Tulane University head coach Rick Jones, who previously served as an assistant coach for the United States on the 1989 Presidential Cup Team and 1990 National Team. Jones is joined by pitching coach Mike Kennedy (head coach, Elon University) and assistant coaches Dan McDonnell (head coach, Louisville University) and Rob Cooper (head coach, Wright State University).
Former Seminole All-American Shane Robinson was the last Florida State student-athlete to play for Team USA as he was named to the U.S. National Team in 2005.