David Price at the USA Team Trials

Vanderbilt freshman left handed pitcher David Price (6-6, Murfreesboro, Tenn.) is one of 38 collegiate players who have accepted invitations to participate in the 2005 USA Baseball National Team Trials which begins Monday (June 27) in Raleigh, NC.

Price was one of the first 13 players invited to the tryout. The trials are held at North Carolina State University and will conclude Thursday (June 30). Players are competing for one of 20 roster spots.

Price worked himself into the Commodore starting weekend rotation (Sunday starter) making 16 appearances, including 10 starts. He gave up 51 hits in 69.1 innings and struck out 92 batters. He allowed only 12 extra-base hits and numbered 30 walks. He owned a 2.73 ERA which ranked second on the team. Opponents batted .207 against him which ranked third in the Southeastern Conference. He also ranked third in the SEC in batters struck out looking (34). He struck out a career 11 batters vs. Tennessee and Florida.

Price is the sixth Commodore to participate in USA Baseball. Last season, left-handed pitcher Ryan Mullins played on the 2004 Summer team and was one of five pitchers who combined to throw the first no-hitter in USA Baseball recorded history (since 1984). Junior second baseman Warner Jones was invited to the National Team Tryouts (2004). Left-handed pitcher Jeremy Sowers helped lead the USA Junior National Team to a silver medal in 2001 registering a 3-0 record and 0.00 ERA with 28 strikeouts and eight walks limiting the opponents to a .148 batting average. Mark Prior was a member of the 1999-00 USA National Team, while Matt Kata was a member of the USA Junior National Team in 1996. Head Coach Tim Corbin served as an assistant coach on the 2000 USA National Gold Medal Team while he was at Clemson.

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