UConn baseball’s breakout star of the 2021 season, Reggie Crawford, will get the chance to represent his country this summer after being selected to the USA Collegiate National Team roster on Wednesday.
Crawford will follow in the footsteps of recent UConn stars Anthony Kay, Tim Cate and Mason Feole, who played for the national team in 2015, 2016-17 and 2018, respectively.
UConn has seen quite a few talents make a pit stop with the Collegiate National Team on their way to the major leagues, including Matt Barnes and George Springer in 2011, Brian Esposito in 1999 and Charles Nagy in 1988.
Crawford’s tremendous 2021 season raised eyebrows across college baseball. The first baseman was selected to the All-Big East Second Team, leading the conference with 13 home runs and 62 RBI while batting .295 with 12 doubles and a triple. He also made 18 appearances on the mound, hitting 98 on the gun from the left side and posting a 2.35 ERA.
Crawford is currently playing with the Bourne Braves of the Cape Cod League before leaving to join the National Team. He is one of 48 players selected to the squad, which will be split into two teams, the Stars and the Stripes. The two sides play each other in 11 games from July 2 through July 15.