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Wednesday June 20, 2012UF's Jonathon Crawford Named To 2012 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team

Gainesville, Fla.

University of Florida sophomore right-hander Jonathon Crawford (Okeechobee, Fla.) has been selected to play for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team, the organization announced Wednesday.

 

Crawford will be part of the 22-man Team USA squad that will report this week to its training complex in Cary, N.C. The team’s season begins Monday, June 25, and lasts a month, with trips to Cuba and The Netherlands highlighting the 2012 schedule.

 

After pitching just 3.2 innings as a freshman, Crawford made 19 appearances and 14 starts during his sophomore campaign as the Gators reached the NCAA College World Series for the third-straight year. The righty had a 6-2 mark with a 3.13 earned run average and tied for second on the squad with 73 strikeouts in 77.2 innings.

 

In the opening round of the NCAA Gainesville Regional on June 1, Crawford became the first Gator hurler to register a complete-game no-hitter since John Burke accomplished the feat in a 2-0 shutout of Furman on May 23, 1991, that was the club’s opener in the NCAA East Regional held at McKethan Stadium. Florida’s last combined no-hitter had occurred on March 19, 1993, when the duo of Doug Brennan (7.0) and Chris Nelson (2.0) defeated Pace, 16-0.

 

Crawford, whose previous career-high stint was six innings against LSU on April 6, went the distance on 98 pitches (70 of them strikes) and faced the minimum of 27 batters en route to the 4-0 shutout of the Wildcats. He became just the seventh pitcher to throw a no-hitter in the NCAA Championship and was the first since Burke.

 

Crawford defeated Auburn in UF’s SEC Tournament opener in Hoover, Ala., establishing a career high with nine strikeouts over 5.2 innings, and claimed the series opener at Tennessee on April 13. He fired six scoreless frames to help the Gators even the series with seventh-ranked LSU and also collected victories over Vanderbilt (5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 6 K) and No. 19 UCF (5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 4 K).

 

Crawford becomes the fourth Gator during head coach Kevin O’Sullivan’s tenure to represent Team USA, joining Matt den Dekker (2008), Nolan Fontana (2010 & 2011) and Brian Johnson (2010 & 2011).

 

For more on this year’s USA Baseball National Collegiate team, follow this link:

http://web.usabaseball.com/teams/index.jsp?team=2491

 

 

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