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Aaron Heilman, Brant Ust Invited to USA Baseball National Team Tryouts

May 22, 1998

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Notre Dame sophomore third baseman Brant Ust (Redmond, Wash.) and freshman righthander Aaron Heilman (Logansport, Ind.) are among 43 players who have been invited to the summer tryout camp for the 1998 USA Baseball national team. The training camp is scheduled to open June 1 at Hi Corbett Field, home of USA Baseball and the spring training home of the Colorado Rockies. Ust also attended the national team trials at Hi Corbett Field in November of 1997.

USA Baseball ultimately will select 22 players to comprise the national team. The team will begin its competition on June 6 and play 33 games in preparation for the International Baseball Association’s XXXIII World Championship in Italy. Ust is one of 12 infielders invited to the tryout camp while Heilman is one of 20 pitchers invited to the tryouts (15 righthanders, five lefthanders).

Ust and Heilman are the only players from the BIG EAST Conference among the 43 invitees while Heilman is the only Indiana native on the list. University of Minnesota sophomore lefthander Ben Birk is the only other invitee from a Midwest school while Delaware sophomore outfielder Kevin Mench is the only invitee from the Northeast.

Heilman is one of 11 freshmen among the invitees, joining four other pitchers: righthanders Jon McDonald and Nick Stocks (both of Florida State), righthander Justin Wayne (Stanford) and lefthander Matt Smith (Oklahoma State). The other five freshman invitees include infielders Seth Davidson (USC), Keoni DeRenne (Arizona) and Xavier Nady (California), outfielder Patrick Boyd (Clemson), and first baseman/catcher Casey Myers (Arizona State).

Heilman, who was born on Nov. 12, 1978, is the seventh-youngest invitee, behind Johnson (7/12/79), Smith (6/15/79), DeRenne (4/30/79), Wayne (4/16/79), Davidson (2/26/79) and Nady (11/14/78). Arkansas sophomore righthander David Walling shares the same birthdate with Heilman.

In addition to FSU’s McDonald and Stocks, two other opposing players from Notre Dame’s 1998 season were invited to the tryouts: Miami, Fla. sophomore shortstop Bobby Hill and sophomore righthander Alex Santos.

This year’s World Championship is slated for July 21 – August 2 and will feature reigning world champion Cuba, host country Italy, Korea, Japan, Chinese Taipei, China, Netherlands, Spain and Russia. In addition, five teams will qualify from the Americas while the African champion and Oceanian champion also will compete. The 16-team field will be divided into two groups of eight. After playing seven games in a round-robin format, the top four teams in each group will advance to the quarterfinals.

In order to participate in the World Championship, the USA must qualify by placing in the top five at the continental qualifier scheduled for June 17-26 in Managua, Nicaragua. In addition to the United States, the tournament will feature the following national teams: Argentina, Canada, Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, and Venezuela.

In addition to its international competition schedule, the national team will play a majority of its stateside games at Hi Corbett Field versus international baseball powers such as Japan, Korea, Australia, Canada, and Mexico. The squad will also visit several U.S. cities on its domestic exhibition tour prior to the World Championship. The 1998 club will by led by Ron Polk, former head coach at Mississippi State.

Notre Dame Baseball – 1998 Summer Teams

Fairbanks, Alaska Goldpanners (Alaska League)
Allen Greene (jr., OF)
Aaron Heilman (fr., RHP)
Alec Porzel (fr., OF)
Steve Szczepanski (so., RHP)

Kenai Oilers (Alaska Central League)
Chris McKeown (jr., LHP)

Mat-Su Miners (Alaska Central League)
Tim Kalita (So., LHP)

Harwich Mariners (Cape Cod League)
Alex Shilliday (jr., RHP)
Brant Ust (so., IF)
Jeff Wagner (jr., C)

Columbus All-Americans (Ohio League)
Ben Cooke (fr., IF/OF)
Jeff Perconte (so., IF/OF)

Ithaca, N.Y. Lakers (Northeastern League)
Scott Cavey (So., RHP)
Mark Lapinskas (So., LHP)
Larry Zimont (So., OF)

Hays, Kansas (Jayhawk League)
Mike Carlin (Fr., RHP)
Jeff Felker (So., OF)

USA National Team Tryouts (Tucson, Arizona)
Aaron Heilman (Fr., RHP)
Brant Ust (So., IF)

USA National Baseball Team – 1998 Training Camp Roster

(as of May 21, 1998)

Player              Pos.    Ht./Wt.     B/T       DOB   Yr.  School             HometownBarbier, Blair      IF      5-10/195    R/R   2/13/78   So.  LSU                Harvey, LABard, Josh          C       6-3/205     S/R   3/30/78   So . Texas Tech         Englewood, COBirk, Ben           LHP     6-5/200     L/L   11/6/77   So.  Minnesota          St. Paul, MNBloomquist, Willie  IF/OF   5-11/180    R/R  11/27/77   So.  Arizona State      Port Orchard, WABoyd, Patrick       OF      6-3/200     S/R    9/7/78   Fr.  Clemson            Palm Harbor, FLCresse, Brad        C       6-3/215     R/R   7/31/78   So.  LSU                Seal Beach, CADavidson, Seth      IF      6-0/170     S/R   2/26/79   Fr.  USC                San Diego, CADeRenne, Keoni      IF      5-7/160     S/R   4/30/79   Fr.  Arizona            Honolulu, HIFossum, Casey       LHP     6-1/160     S/L    1/6/78   So.  Texas A&M          Waco, TXGall, John          OF      6-0/195     R/R    4/2/78   So.  Stanford           Portola Valley, CAGinter, Matt        RHP     6-1/215     R/R  12/24/77   So.  Mississippi St.    Winchester, KYHeaverlo, Jeff      RHP     6-1/185     R/R    1/3/78   So.  Washington         Ephrata, WAHeilman, Aaron      RHP     6-4/200     R/R  11/12/78   Fr.  Notre Dame         Logansport, INHill, Bobby         IF      5-10/170    S/R    4/3/78   So.  Miami              San Jose, CAJennings, Jason     RHP     6-2/225     L/R   7/17/78   So.  Baylor             Mesquite, TXJohnson, Adam       RHP     6-2/200     R/R   7/12/79   Fr.  CS Fullerton       San Diego, CALoeb, Bryan         C       6-1/180     R/R    4/8/78   So.  Baylor             Sugar Land, TXLudwick, Ryan       OF      6-3/205     R/L   7/13/78   So.  UNLV               Las Vegas, NVMcAuley, JAmes      C       6-0/180     R/R  12/17/77   So.  Louisville         Tampa, FLMcDonald, Jon       RHP     6-2/185     R/R  10/16/77   Fr.  Florida State      Orlando, FLMench, Kevin        OF      6-0/205     R/R    1/7/78   So.  Delaware           Newark, DEMoraga, Omar        IF      5-10/180    L/R   5/23/77   Jr.  Arizona            Tucson, AZMottl, Ryan         RHP     6-3/195     S/R   12/9/77   So.  Clemson            St. Louis, MOMunson, Eric        C       6-3/220     L/R   10/3/77   So.  So. California     San Diego, CAMyers, Casey        1B/C    5-11/190    R/R  10/23/78   Fr.  Arizona State      Casa Grande, AZNady, Xavier        IF      6-1/185     R/R  11/14/78   Fr.  California         Salinas, CANance, Shane        LHP     5-7/175     L/L    9/7/77   So.  Houston            Houston, TXNichols, Jeff       RHP     6-3/190     R/R  10/20/77   So.  Rice               Duncanville, TXOwens, Ryan         IF      6-2/185     R/R   3/18/78   So.  CS Fullerton       La Habra, CARamos, Mario        LHP     6-0/165     L/L  10/19/77   So.  Rice               Pflugerville, TXRoberts, Brian      IF      5-9/165     S/R   10/9/77   So.  North Carolina     Chapel Hill, NCSantos, Alex        RHP     6-1/205     R/R    8/9/77   So.  Miami              Lake Worth, FLScheschuk, John     IF      6-1/200     L/L    2/2/77   Jr . Texas A&M          Pasadena, TXSheets, Ben         RHP     6-1/210     R/R   7/18/78   So.  NE Louisiana       St. Amant, LASmith, Matt         LHP     6-5/200     L/L   6/15/79   Fr.  Oklahoma St.       Henderson, NVStocks, Nick        RHP     6-2/185     R/R   8/27/78   Fr . Florida State      Tampa, FLTopolski, Jon       OF      5-10/175    L/R  12/28/76   Jr.  Baylor             Houston, TXUst, Brant          IF      6-2/190     R/R   7/17/78   So.  Notre Dame         Redmond, WAWalling, David      RHP     6-5/195     R/R  11/12/78   So.  Arkansas           San Diego, CAWayne, Justin       RHP     6-2/195     R/R   4/16/79   Fr.  Stanford           Honolulu, HIWoods, Kyle         OF      6-0/200     R/R  11/23/77   So.  Washington         Marysville, WAWright, Dan         RHP     6-5/200     R/R  12/14/77   So.  Arkansas           Batesville, ARWright, Shane       RHP     6-2/210     R/R  10/28/76   Jr.  Texas Tech         Topeka, KS

STAFF – Ron Polk ( Head Coach), Pete Dunn (Asst. Coach, Stetson), Mike Gaski (Asst. Coach, UNC Greensboro), Jim Pizzolatto (Asst. Coach, Nichols State), Steve Smith (Asst. Coach, Baylor), Jerry Kindall (Senior Advisor, USA Baseball), Paul Seiler (Dir. of Baseball Operations), Warren Turner (Business Manager, Missouri Southern), Jay Logan (Athletic Trainer, Mississippi State), George Doig (Dir. of Media Relations)

USA Baseball National Team 1998 Summer Schedule

Day     Date        Opponent                            Site (Location)Sat.    June 6      Mexico                              Hi Corbett Field (Tucson)Sun.    June 7      Mexico                              Hi Corbett Field (Tucson)Mon.    June 8      Mexico                              Hi Corbett Field (Tucson)Tue.    June 9      Mexico                              Hi Corbett Field (Tucson)Wed.    June 10     Canada                              Hi Corbett Field (Tucson)Thu.    June 11     Canada                              Hi Corbett Field (Tucson)Fri.    June 12     Canada                              Hi Corbett Field (Tucson)Sat.    June 13     Canada                              Hi Corbett Field (Tucson)Sun.    June 14     Canada (5:05 p.m.)                  Hi Corbett Field (Tucson)Wed.    June 17     World Championship Qualifier        Managua, NicaraguaThu.    June 18     World Championship Qualifier        Managua, Nicaragua)Fri.    June 19     World Championship Qualifier        Managua, Nicaragua)Sat.    June 20     World Championship Qualifier        Managua, Nicaragua)Sun.    June 21     World Championship Qualifier        Managua, Nicaragua)Mon.    June 22     World Championship Qualifier        Managua, Nicaragua)Tue.    June 23     World Championship Qualifier        Managua, Nicaragua)Wed.    June 24     World Championship Qualifier        Managua, Nicaragua)Thu.    June 25     World Championship Qualifier        Managua, Nicaragua)Fri.    June 26     World Championship Qualifier        Managua, Nicaragua)Sun.    June 28     Korea                               Hi Corbett Field (Tucson)Mon.    June 29     Korea                               Hi Corbett Field (Tucson)Tue.    June 30     Korea                               Hi Corbett Field (Tucson)Wed.    July 1      Korea                               Hi Corbett Field (Tucson)Thu.    July 2      Australia                           Hi Corbett Field (Tucson)Fri.    July 3      Japan                               Scottsdale Stadium (Scottsdale, AZ)Sat.    July 4      Japan (6:05 p.m.)                   Hi Corbett Field (Tucson)Sun.    July 5      Japan                               Hi Corbett Field (Tucson)Mon.    July 6      Australia (5:05 p.m.; 7 innings)    Hi Corbett Field (Tucson)                    Japan (following first game)        Hi Corbett Field (Tucson, AZ)Tue.    July 7      Japan                               Hi Corbett Field (Tucson)Wed.    July 15     Canada                              Mercer County Waterfront Park (Trenton, NJ)Thu.    July 16     Canada                              Thomas J. Dodd Stadium (Norwich, CT)Fri.    July 17     Canada                              Yale Field (New Haven, CT)
All game times are 7:05 p.m. local time, unless otherwise indicated.