EUGENE, Ore. – Freshman left-hander Cole Irvin has been invited to try out for the 2013 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team this summer. Irvin will take part in the team’s training camp June 20-29 with the final 24-man roster being announced at the end of camp.
Oregon’s Saturday night starter, Irvin finished with a school-record 12 wins while wrapping up his freshman season with a 2.48 ERA, a 12-3 record and four complete games. He claimed freshman All-America honors by both the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) and Louisville Slugger, while earning honorable mention all-league recognition.
Irvin claimed Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week honors twice, while being named the NCBWA National Pitcher of the Week once. He won both the national and conference award after throwing his first career complete game, a 6-0 shutout of Washington where he struck out a season-high 11. His second Pac-12 award came after he shut out Ohio State in a 4-0 win with seven strikeouts. Irvin was also named to the Eugene Regional All-Tournament Team after holding San Francisco to just one run on six hits with nine strikeouts.
The Yorba Linda, Calif., native started the season as Oregon’s Sunday starter but moved to Saturday’s in early April. After the change, Irvin went 6-2 with a 1.92 ERA and three complete games in eight starts. He finished the season with seven straight quality starts, while tying teammate Tommy Thorpe with a team-high 12 quality starts during the season.
Irvin will be joined at USA Baseball’s training camp by Thorpe, who was named to the 24-man roster in May.