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Irish's Aaron Heilman Named to Final 1999 Team USA Baseball Roster

June 15, 1999

TUCSON, Ariz. – Notre Dame sophomore righthander Aaron Heilman (Logansport, Ind.) has been named to the final 22-player roster for the 1999 USA Baseball National Team, as announced today at the USA Baseball headquarters.

Heilman follows in the footsteps of former Notre Dame infielder Brant Ust, who finished as Team USA’s third-leading hitter in the summer of 1998 while playing third base. Notre Dame is one of just six schools that have produced a Team USA player during each of the past two seasons, joining Arizona, Houston, Miami (Fla.), Stanford and Texas A&M in that distinction.

Arizona infielder Keoni DeRenne and Stanford outfielder John Gall have been selected to the team in each of the past two summers while the 1998 team included Houston lefthander Shane Nance, Miami shortstop Bobby Hill, Miami righthander Alex Santos and Texas A&M lefthander Casey Fossum.

Team USA completes a four-game series with Mexico tonight at Hi Corbett Field (home of USA Baseball), after romping to an 18-2 win over Mexico on Monday. The team then will depart on Wednesday for a pair of exhibition games in Salem, Ore., and Tacoma, Wash., before leaving to play the Japan Collegiate All-Star Team in Japan, from June 22-July 1.

The USWest Red, White and Blue Tour also will take Team USA to Albuquerque, N.M., Ogden, Utah, Boise, Idaho, Portland, Ore., Spokane, Wash., Fargo, N.D., Sioux Falls, S.D., Des Moines, Iowa, St. Paul, Minn., Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Quad Cities, Iowa. The USA also is entered in the National Baseball Congress World Series, which will be held August 6-17 in Wichita, Kansas.

Heilman is the only player on the 22-man roster who hails from a school in the midwest or northeast area of the country. He likewise is the only midwest native on the squad, which includes eight players from California, plus two each from Florida, Texas, Hawaii and Arizona and one from Colorado, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Washington and Nevada.

The 22 invitees hail from 16 different schools, including three each from UCLA and the University of Arizona and two each from Stanford and the University of California.

Heilman is one of 10 pitchers named to the team, including fellow righthanders Jon Brandt (UCLA), Kyle Crowell (Houston), Ben Diggins (Arizona), Josh Karp (UCLA), Mark Prior (Vanderbilt) and Justin Wayne (Stanford). The staff’s lefthanders include Len Dinardo (Stetson), Phil Seibel (Texas) and Matt Smith (Oklahoma State).

The USA kept two catchers: California’s Mike Tonis and Kentucky’s John Wilson. The team’s infielders include Taggert Bozied (San Francisco), Keoni DeRenne (Arizona), Koyie Hill (Wichita St.), Xavier Nady (California) while the outfielders include Shelley Duncan (Arizona), Tyrell Godwin (North Carolina), Daylon Holt (Texas A&M) and Bill Scott (UCLA). Miami’s Manny Crespo can play second base and outfield while Stanford’s John Gall can play first base and outfield. DeRenne and Gall are the only returnees from the 1998 Team USA squad. The final USA roster includes 17 players who advanced through the USA trials during the last four days in Tucson, Ariz., while five players will be joining Team USA after they finish play in the College World Series (Crespo, Gall, Holt, Smith and Wayne).


NAME             POS    HT    WT YR   SCHOOL          HOMETOWNBozied, Taggert   IF    6-3  215  So. San Francisco   Denver, CO Brandt, Jon      RHP    6-2  190  So. UCLA            Palo Alto, CA  Crespo, Manny  OF/IF   5-10  190  So. Miami           Miami, FL Crowell, Kyle    RHP   5-11  185  So. Houston         Friendswood, TX DeRenne, Keoni    IF    5-7  155  So. Arizona         Honolulu, HI Diggins, Ben     RHP    6-6  230  Fr. Arizona         Phoenix, AZ Dinardo, Len     LHP    6-4  190  Fr. Stetson         High Springs, FL Duncan, Shelley   OF    6-5  210  Fr. Arizona         Tucson, AZ Gall, John     OF/1B    6-1  195  Jr. Stanford        Portola Valley, CA  Godwin, Tyrell    OF    6-1  190  So. North Carolina  Council, NC Heilman, Aaron   RHP    6-4  210  So. Notre Dame      Logansport, IN Hill, Koyie       IF    6-1  185  So. Wichita State   Lawton, OK  Holt, Daylon      OF    6-1  200  So. Texas A&M       Mesquite, TX Karp, Josh       RHP    6-5  195  Fr. UCLA            Bothell, WA  Nady, Xavier      IF    6-1  185  So. California      Salinas, CA Prior, Mark      RHP    6-5  215  Fr. Vanderbilt      Bonita, CA  Scott, Bill       OF    6-1  210  So. UCLA            Granada Hills, CA  Seibel, Phil     LHP    6-1  185  So. Texas           Cypress, CA Smith, Matt      LHP    6-4  215  So. Oklahoma State  Henderson, NV    Tonis, Mike        C    6-3  220  So. California      Sacramento, CA Wayne, Justin    RHP    6-2  200  So. Stanford        Honolulu, HI Wilson, John       C    6-0  205  So. Kentucky        Northridge, CA  


Day/Date            National Team Opponent      Location/result Sat., June 12       Mexico                      Hi Corbett Field (Tucson; L, 11-18) Sun., June 13       Mexico                      Hi Corbett Field (Tucson; W, 3-1) Mon., June 14       Mexico                      Hi Corbett Field (Tucson; W, 18-2) Tue., June 15       Mexico                      Hi Corbett Field (Tucson) 

Thur., June 17 Salem Volcanoes Salem, Ore. Sat., June 19 Canada Tacoma, Wash.

Wed., June 23 Japan Collegiate All-Stars Tokyo, Japan Thur., June 24 Japan Collegiate All-Stars Ibaragi, Japan Sat., June 26 Japan Collegiate All-Stars Yamagata, Japan Sun. June 27 Japan Collegiate All-Stars Aomori, Japan Tue., June 29 Japan Collegiate All-Stars Tokyo, Japan

Sat., July 3 Korea Scottsdale Stadium Sun., July 4 Korea Hi Corbett Field (Tucson) Mon., July 5 Korea Hi Corbett Field (Tucson)

Wed., July 7 Korea Albuquerque, N.M. Thu., July 8 Korea Ogden, Utah

Sat., July 10 Nicaragua Boise, Idaho Tue., July 13 Nicaragua Portland, Ore. Wed., July 14 Nicaragua Spokane, Wash. Fri., July 16-19 Pre Pan Am Games Hi Corbett Field (Tucson) Exhibitions vs. Pro Teams (AA, AAA All-Stars) of the USA, Nicaragua, andDominican Republic: TBA

Wed. July 21 Mexico Fargo, N.D. Thu., July 22 Mexico Sioux Falls, S.D. Fri., July 23 Mexico Des Moines, Iowa Sun., July 25 Mexico St. Paul, Minn. Mon., July 26 Mexico Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Wed., July 28 Rockies rookies Hi Corbett Field (Tucson) Thu., July 29 Diamondbacks rookies Hi Corbett Field (Tucson) Fri., July 30 White Sox rookies Hi Corbett Field (Tucson) Sat., July 31 USA Juniors Hi Corbett Field (Tucson)

Tue., Aug. 3 TBA Quad Cities, Iowa Fri., Aug 6-18 NBC World Series Wichita, Kansas

All game times are 7:05 p.m. local unless otherwise noted, and all games are subject to change.