Matt Jones is the online sports director for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A two-time graduate of the University of Arkansas, he is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, and voter for the Biletnikoff Award.
Killian invited to USA tryouts
Arkansas pitcher Trey Killian fires a pitch in the second inning of Tuesday afternoon's game against Texas A&M in the 2014 SEC baseball tournament at the Hoover Met in Hoover, Ala.
FAYETTEVILLE Arkansas pitcher Trey Killian has been invited to try-out for the USA collegiate national team.
Killian, who just completed his sophomore season, is one of 33 players listed on the roster for the team, which will be managed this year by Razorbacks coach Dave Van Horn. The final 24-man roster will be announced June 29.
The team has offered six of 12 pitching spots on the roster, said national team general manager Eric Campbell, though those offered could be held off the team by their college head coaches. Killian will report to the team's training facility Thursday in Cary, N.C.
The right-hander from Mountain Home is coming off a solid season on the mound. In 14 starts Killian had a 2.30 earned run average. Despite pitching a team-high 94 innings and four complete games, Killian struggled to a 4-9 record because of a lack of run support.
Team USA will play other international teams throughout July at locations in North Carolina, The Netherlands and Cuba.
Killian had been selected to play for the Wareham Gatemen in the Cape Cod League this summer but had not pitched there as of Tuesday.