UA's Taylor Dugas headed to Collegiate National Team Trial

Taylor Dugas Headed to Collegiate National Team Trials

DURHAM, N.C. – Alabama sophomore center fielder Taylor Dugas is one of 39 players named to the 2010 Collegiate National Team Baseball Trials roster, USA Baseball announced Thursday.

The trials are scheduled to be held July 6-11 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C.  The 39 players will compete for spot on the final 22-man roster.

He is one of eight Southeastern Conference players seeking a spot on this year's USA Collegiate National Team. He is joined by South Carolina center fielder Jackie Bradley, Jr., Georgia outfielder Zach Cone, Florida shortstop Nolan Fontana, Vanderbilt pitcher Sonny Gray, Florida pitcher/DH Brian Johnson, LSU right fielder Mikie Mahtook and LSU shortstop Austin Nola.

"This is an exciting time for Taylor and an opportunity for him to showcase his talents with the best players in college baseball," Alabama head coach Mitch Gaspard said.  "The opportunity for him to play with Team USA is a great honor and we are very proud to have a person like Taylor Dugas representing the University of Alabama and the Crimson Tide baseball program.  This will be a great opportunity for him."

Dugas, who was named a first-team All-America by Baseball American and second-team All-America by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA), hit a team-leading .395 (96-for-243) with two home runs and 37 RBI. He led the SEC with a .525 on-base percentage and 59 walks from the leadoff spot in the batting order.

He led the Crimson Tide in seven offensive categories, including batting average (.395), on-base percentage (.525), runs scored (70), triples (5), walks (59), stolen bases (19) and plate appearances (326).  Defensively, he led the Crimson Tide with five outfield assists.

A 2010 first-team All-SEC selection, Dugas hit a team-leading .407 (44-for-108) in conference play with one home run and 17 RBI in 30 starts.  He led the SEC with a .545 on-base percentage and 27 walks.

The Lafayette, La., native reached base safely in 65 of 67 games this season, including a 47-game on-base streak from March 14 to May 29.  He hit safely in 52 of 67 games and scored in 48 of 67 games this season.

The coaching staff for Team USA includes head coach Bill Kinneberg (Utah) and assistant coaches Dave Serrano (Cal State Fullerton), Ed Blankmeyer (St. John's) and Nino Giarratano (San Francisco).

Following the trials and training period in Cary, Team USA will play a five-game series against Korea before squaring off against a Japanese Collegiate All-Star Team in a one-game, international friendship competition in Omaha's Rosenblatt Stadium on July 21.  From there, the team will travel to Taipei, Taiwan for a four-game series against Chinese Taipei at Tien-Mu Stadium beginning July 25.

Team USA will close its summer season at the FISU World University Championships in Tokyo, Japan, from July 30-Aug. 7.  The United States has won the last three FISU World (2004, 2006 and 2008) championships.

INFORMATION SOURCE: University of Alabama Athletics Department