Martini Invited to National Team Trials

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State outfielder Nick Martini was one of 32 players nationally to be invited to the 2010 Collegiate National Team Trials to be held July 5-11, at the National Training Complex in Cary, N.C.

The lone invitee from the Big 12, Martini is vying for a spot on the 22-man roster that will compete both nationally and abroad this July and August. He is also looking to become the first Wildcat to play for Team USA since Craig Wilson in 1988.

Martini, the 2010 Big 12 Co-Player of the Year, was selected to try out for the team by a committee comprised of 2010 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team manager Bill Kinneberg (Utah head coach), assistant coaches Dave Serrano (Cal State Fullerton), Ed Blankmeyer (St. John's) and Nino Giarratano (University of San Francisco), as well as a former athlete from the National Team programs.

The committee met this past December to deliberate on invitees for the trials and continued to gather throughout the collegiate baseball season to discuss candidates. The final list of 32 was assembled at a meeting in mid May and invitations were sent out at that time.

Intersquad games will be held July 6-11 at the National Training Complex to help determine the final 22-player roster.

Immediately following the cut down, Team USA will play seven games in North Carolina, including a five-game series against Korea Republic. The final domestic game for the Collegiate National Team is on July 21, when Team USA takes on Japan at Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, Neb.

Following the game in Rosenblatt, the squad will travel to Taipei, Taiwan, to face Chinese Taipei in a four-game series at Tien-Mu Stadium. The series is the final tune up for Team USA before the FISU World University Championship held July 30-August 7, in Tokyo, Japan.

Martini will continue play for the Falmouth Commodores of the Cape Cod League until departing for North Carolina for the team trials at the beginning of July. The announcement of the final 22-man roster for the 2010 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team will be on Sunday, July 11.