Hamblin, Schmidt Cut From Team USA

FAYETTEVILLE -- A pair of Arkansas Razorbacks failed to make the cut after trying out for the 22-player USA Baseball Team this week.

Arkansas first baseman Danny Hamblin and left-handed pitcher Nick Schmidt spent the past week in Raleigh, N.C., competing against the best underclassmen in the nation. Hamblin was 3-for-9 with three runs scored, two doubles and an RBI in two intrasquad games while Schmidt allowed four earned runs on four hits in four innings in his only appearance Thursday.

"Danny hit the ball well while he was there, but he also hurt his knee in a collision," said Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn. "What hurt him is defensively, his arm (which he had surgery on last summer) is not there and he's just going to come back here and rehab that arm, play some long toss and maybe take a couple of classes.

"With Nick, he had one bad inning and then a couple or three good innings."

Like Hamblin, Schmidt won't play summer ball and likely will return to his home in High Ridge, Mo., to rest up before returning to school in the fall.

"Danny made the comment he said, ‘Coach, the competition here was amazing,'" Van Horn said. "My comment was, ‘Are you glad you went?' and he said ‘Yes, the experience was something else,' and he can bring that back and explain that to some of the kids here.

"It's going to make us better, it's going to make him better. Now, he knows what he's trying to get to."

Team USA begins play today against the Torrington Twisters at Fuessenich Park in Torrington, Conn. After two more games against teams from the same league, Team USA travels to Japan to participate in the 34th annual USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Star Series. The Americans will be looking to capture the series overseas for the first time since 1979. Team USA will also play a five-game series in Taiwan before returning to the United States for series against Italy and Nicaragua.

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