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April 24, 2002

COLUMBIA, SC – Sophomore USC catcher Landon Powell is one of 19 collegiate players to be invited to participate in the 2002 USA Baseball National Team Trials, held in Tuscon, Arizona, June 18-23. The USA National Team will be selected from a pool of approximately 35-40 players, of which an additional 16-21 have yet to be determined.

Now in his second year at Carolina, Powell has been an integral part to this year’s fifth ranked Gamecock baseball team (31-9, 11-6). Powell has started 39 of 40 games for Carolina this year and is currently batting .283 with six home runs and 29 RBI. Of the 29 RBI for Powell this season, 18 have come with two outs.

The trial sessions are to be held at the Hi Corbett Field facilities in Tuscon beginning the evening of June 18. The official roster will be determined and announced on June 24.