July 3, 2006
Newport, R.I. - Sophomore shortstop Brandon Crawford was named to the USA Baseball National Team's final 22-man roster on Sunday. Crawford's selection marks the first time a Bruin has been named since former right-hander Josh Karp pitched for the national team in 2000.
In 2006, Crawford posted a .318 batting average while starting all 58 games as a freshman. The Pleasanton, Calif., resident led all Bruins in hits (77), total bases (121), triples (6), walks (24) stolen bases (7) and at-bats (242). Crawford finished second on the squad in doubles (14) and runs scored (42).
Crawford earned All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention honors following his impressive freshman campaign. His seventh-inning RBI double against UC Irvine on June 2 propelled UCLA to a 3-2 first-round victory in the Malibu Regional.
UCLA has now had eight players named to the USA Baseball National Team a total of 10 times. The other seven Bruins who have played for Team USA include - Shane Mack (1984), Troy Glaus (1995-96), Jim Parque (1996), Eric Valent (1997), Jon Brandt (1999), Bill Scott (1999) and Josh Karp (1999-00).
To view the complete 22-man roster or the 2006 National Team summer schedule, visit www.usabaseball.com or click the links below.