Bregman, Trahan on Team USA roster

CARY, N.C. — The USA Baseball collegiate national team finalized its 24-man roster that will take part in international competition this summer.

The group of 24 features 12 hitters and 12 pitchers, with Alex Bregman (LSU) and Ryan Burr (Arizona State) serving their second tours with the squad.

It is the fourth time Bregman will represent USA Baseball after also playing with the 2010 16U and 2011 18U national teams. It is Burr’s third time, having also played on the 2010 16U National team.

Additionally, Louisiana-Lafayette’s Blake Trahan is part of the squad, which opens a series against Chinese Taipei at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday at the National Training Complex in Cary, N.C. The teams will play again on July 2 at Keeter Stadium in Shelby, N.C., on July 3 at BB&T Ballpark in Charlotte, N.C., and on July 4 and 5 at Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, N.C.

Cassiere to speak at HBCU Media Summit

Ed Cassiere, Xavier’s sports information director, will be one of the first-day speakers at the 2014 National HBCU Media Summit next week at Dillard University.

Cassiere — recipient of approximately 70 awards for sports information and sportswriting in a career which dates to the mid-1970s — will speak at 10 a.m. on July 10 about winning coverage strategies for small sports information staffs.

Cassiere joined Xavier athletics in July 2006 and publicizes Xavier’s nine intercollegiate teams, which compete in the NAIA’s Gulf Coast Athletic Conference.

Rhodes wins Pinewood CC championship

Robbie Rhodes fired rounds of 68 and 69 to win the Pinewood Country Club championship last weekend in Slidell.

Jack Abney (69-74 — 143) finished second, while Matt Phillips (73-76 — 149) was third.

Lou Grush (74-73 — 147) was the overall gross senior champion, while Iven Webb (75-75 — 150) was the overall net super senior champion.

De Groot, Farinola earn world rankings

Recent University of Louisiana at Lafayette tennis standout Rick de Groot achieved his first world ranking in doubles after making the semifinals of the Netherlands F1 Futures this month, while UL-Lfayette junior Damian Farinola moved his ranking inside the top 1300 ATP after a strong performance in Turkey.

A 2014 first-team All-Sun Belt Conference selection in doubles, de Groot has a world ranking of 1548 after collecting 8 ATP points.

Farinola, a second-team All-Sun Belt doubles honoree, made the finals of the 10,000 Futures event in Turkey picking up 12 ATP points in doubles play.

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