The Coastal Plain League announced today that seven of its teams will host the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team for eight exhibition games during the 2013 summer season.
“We are very excited to welcome the Collegiate National Team back to the Coastal Plain League for seven games in 2013,” said CPL commissioner Justin Sellers. “We couldn’t do this without the great leadership in our league with our owners and general managers, as well as the relationship we have with USA Baseball. We know these eight games will be highlighted events for our fans that they won’t want to miss this summer.”
This will mark the fourth straight year teams from the CPL will welcome the Collegiate National Team into their ballparks.
Starting Saturday, June 22, the Collegiate National Team will open its tour through the CPL with four straight games beginning in Hampton, Va., where they will face the Peninsula Pilots. The next day, the team travels to Morehead City for a game with the Marlins. On Monday, June 23, the Collegiate National Team will play the Fayetteville SwampDogs at J.P. Riddle Stadium, followed by a game on Tuesday, June 24, against the Wilson Tobs before the Collegiate National Team returns to Cary, N.C.
“The Coastal Plain League does a great job with its facilities – both historic and new,” said Eric Campbell, USA Baseball’s General Manager of National Teams. “The level of play in the league is strong and competition like this is the best way to get our team prepared for our series later in the summer in Japan against the Japanese Collegiate All-Stars.”
The tour will resume on Thursday, June 27, with a game against the Wilmington Sharks. Then, the Collegiate National Team will play two teams they have never met before when they go to face the Florence RedWolves on June 28 and then end in Thomasville on June 29 and June 30 to play the HiToms in back-to-back contests.
“In terms of fan support, field conditions and strength of competition, I anticipate the 2013 schedule of games with the Coastal Plain League will be a great tour for the Collegiate National Team,” said Campbell. “We are excited about bringing the team back to our existing partners in Fayetteville, Wilmington and Morehead City and also very excited about new stops in Peninsula, Florence, Wilson and Thomasville.”
In addition to hosting the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team, teams in the Coastal Plain League have also welcomed and played other international teams in the past, including the Japanese Collegiate All-Stars and the Russian National Team.
About the Coastal Plain League:
The Coastal Plain League is the nation’s hottest summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 17th season in 2013, the CPL features 14 teams playing in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The CPL gives college players the chance to refine their skills with the use of wooden bats. Players are housed with local host families for the summer and past experiences have been very positive for both players and hosts. Further more, the CPL has had over 1,000 alumni drafted and 57 alums – including 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander – make their Major League debut thus far. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at CoastalPlain.com, and be sure to friend us on Facebook (at www.facebook.com/coastalplainleague) and follow us via Twitter (as CPLBaseball).
About USA Baseball:
USA Baseball is the national governing body for amateur baseball in the United States and is a member of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and the International Baseball Federation (IBAF). The organization selects and trains the World Baseball Classic, World Cup and Pan American teams (and all other USA Baseball professional teams), and the Collegiate, 18U, 15U, and Women’s National Teams, all of which participate in various domestic and international competitions each year. USA Baseball also presents the Golden Spikes Award annually to the top amateur baseball player in the country. For more information, please visit USABaseball.com and GoldenSpikesAward.com.