Choice Named All-Tournament, USA Wins Championship
July 27, 2009
ARLINGTON, Texas - Michael Choice helped lead the USA Baseball National Team (Collegiate) to the World Baseball Challenge championship Sunday evening with an 8-1 win over Germany at Citizens Field in Prince George, British Columbia. Choice crushed his third home run of the tournament in the championship game on his way to being named All-Tournament Team. Choice was also awarded the World Baseball Challenge Home Run Hitting Award for leading all players in the tournament with three home runs.
Choice had an impressive summer with Team USA ranking fifth on the team with a .350 batting average and recording 21 base hits, 13 runs scored, three doubles, three homers and13 RBI in 23 games played (18 starts). Choice hit safely in 12 games and posted multiple hits on six occasions.
Team USA finished the summer with a 19-5 overall record while winning its second straight World Baseball Challenge. Choice was one of seven Team USA hitters to bat over .300, as the team tallied a .311 average on the summer.
Choice finished the summer strong, just like started it, with a .368 average (7-for-19) at the World Baseball Challenge. He hit safely in five of seven games and recorded four singles, three home runs, four runs and four RBI. Choice began the season hitting .615 (8-for-13) during Team USA's five-game sweep over Team Canada to open the summer schedule.
Choice will return to UT Arlington for his junior season in 2010, where he currently holds the school record for career batting average (.396) and already ranks 10th on the school's all-time home run list (18).