South Carolina sophomore right-hander Tyler Johnson has accepted an invitation from USA Baseball to attend training camp for the 2016 Collegiate National Team.
Johnson went 3-2 with nine saves and a 2.42 ERA in 29 appearances. He allowed 15 runs, 14 earned, on 34 hits in 52.0 innings with eight walks and 59 strikeouts. Opponents hit just .187 against him.
Eight of Johnson’s nine saves came in SEC play. That mark was the most by any pitcher in the conference in league games. Johnson was Most Valuable Player of the 2016 Columbia Regional after he hurled a complete game in his first start of the year with just one run allowed in a 10-1 win over UNCW.
Training camp begins on June 27 in Los Angeles with the national team set to play several summer collegiate league team in Southern Calif. from June 28-July 2. Training Camp invitees are playing to make a 24-man roster, who will compete in international friendship series in Chinese Taipei, Japan, and Cuba.
The Collegiate National Team will head to Taiwan to play Chinese Taipei from July 5-9 followed by a trip to Japan from July 12-17 and concluding with a five-game series at Cuba from July 23-27.
USC players on the USA Collegiate National Team:
2013 - Grayson Greiner, C
2010 - Jackie Bradley Jr., OF
2007 - Justin Smoak, 1B
2003 - Matt Campbell, P, Ray Tanner (Head Coach)
2002 - Landon Powell, C
1997 - Adam Everett, SS
1994 - Jason Haynie, P
1993 - Jason Haynie, P
1991 - Jared Baker, P
1989 - Brian Williams, P-OF
1986 - Dave Hollins, 3B
Note: Christian Walker was selected to 2011 team but could not participate due to injury. Grayson Greiner was selected to 2012 team but could not participate due to injury.