June 12, 2009
Clemson, SC – Sophomore lefthander Casey Harman and freshman infielder Brad Miller were two of 41 players invited to the 2009 USA Baseball National Team (Collegiate) Trials, announced Friday. The trials will be held at the National Training Complex in Cary, NC from June 14-24. Players will participate in daily practices and drills, then the final 22-man roster will be announced on June 24.
Once the official roster is announced, the National Team will stay in Durham and Cary, NC to compete in two international friendship series against Canada and Guatemala in late June and early July. Then later in July, the National Team will travel to Japan to participate in the 37th-annual USA vs. Japan Collegiate Championships before traveling to British Columbia for the 2009 Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline World Baseball Challenge. The team will be led by Head Coach Rick Jones (Tulane) along with Assistant Coaches Mike Kennedy (Elon), Dan McDonnell (Louisville), and Rob Cooper (Wright State).
In 2009, Harman had a 7-3 record, one save, and a 3.95 ERA in 86.2 innings pitched over 22 appearances (13 starts). The South Burlington, VT native allowed just 16 walks with 89 strikeouts. His 5.56 strikeout-to-walk ratio was the second-best mark in Clemson history, while his 1.66 walks-per-nine-innings pitched mark was the fifth-best mark in school history. He also led or tied for the team-lead in wins, innings pitched, and strikeout-to-walk ratio.
Miller had a solid freshman season as the everyday shortstop at Clemson in 2009, as he hit .273 with 49 runs, six doubles, one triple, three homers, 36 RBIs, a .405 on-base percentage thanks to a team-high and school-freshman-record 53 walks, and a team-high 16 stolen bases. The Windermere, FL native was one of only three Tigers to start all 66 games in 2009 and became the first Tiger freshman to start every game since 2005.
Clemson’s two invitees tied for second-most in the nation.
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