DURHAM, N.C. –
Arizona sophomore Bobby Dalbec has accepted an invitation to join the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team and will be a part of a 24-player squad that will embark on a two-month tour comprised of at least 17 games in June and July.
Dalbec, a standout third baseman and pitcher, was recently named to the Pac-12 All-Conference and All-Defensive teams last week. He is the first Wildcat to be selected to the USA Collegiate National Team since Johnny Field in 2012.
“It is an incredible honor to be named to the USA Collegiate National team,” Dalbec said. “I am extremely excited to represent our country and play with the some of the top players in the nation as we take on teams from around the world.”
As a sophomore, Dalbec batted .319 and slugged a conference-best .601 as he started all 55 games. With 15 home runs, he became only the third Wildcat to lead the Pac-10/12 in homers. The Parker, Colo., native also led Arizona with 53 runs batted in and was third on the club with 43 runs scored.
“I am thrilled Bobby will get this opportunity,” recently retired Arizona head coach Andy Lopez said. “Bobby is very deserving to play for USA Baseball and he will certainly grow greatly as a ballplayer and as a person with this experience.”
Dalbec also starred as a pitcher for the Wildcats, serving as the closer for the first half of the season before shifting into the starting rotation over the last half of the year. He finished with a team-leading five saves, a 3-7 record, a 3.21 earned run average and limited opponents to a .237 batting average.
“Bobby has earned his spot on the roster,” said Eric Campbell, USA Baseball's general manager of national teams. “He can do so many things and do them well.”