May 8, 2003
DURHAM, N.C. - Brent Lillibridge, a freshman on the University of Washington baseball team, has been invited to the USA Baseball National Team trials, USA Baseball announced today.
Lillibridge, from Everett, Wash. (Jackson High), is the Huskies' starting center fielder, though he's expected to start at shortstop next season. He's the nation's leading freshman hitter with his .409 batting average, and that .409 average is third in the Pac-10.
Lillibridge also leads the Huskies with 15 doubles and is second on the team with 37 runs batted in and 54 hits despite being ninth in at bats. He's played center field, shortstop, third base and second base for the UW this year.
The U.S. National team will hold its trials in Tucson, Ariz., June 21-27. The final squad of 22 players will be chosen from 36 invitees. Lillibridge was one of 18 players extended an invitation today while eight players had previously been invited. USA Baseball will select 10 more players for the trials in the coming weeks.
The team will play a series of games against Japan and Mexico in Durham, N.C., in July before competing at the Pan-American Games in the Dominican Republic later in the summer.
The last Husky player to make a U.S. National Team was former Husky outfielder Chris Magruder, who starred for the 1997 team and went on to play in the Major Leagues for both Texas and Cleveland.