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MICHAEL CHOICE UPDATES: 2009 USA BASEBALL NATIONAL TEAM

Michael Choice became the first player in UT Arlington history and the second player from the Southland Conference to play for Team USA in the summer of 2009. Choice finished the summer batting .350 (21-for-60) with 13 runs, three doubles, three home runs, 13 RBI, eight walks, five hit by pitches, three stolen bases, a .453 on-base percentage and a .550 slugging percentage. He finished the summer hitting three home runs in the World Baseball Challenge while leading Team USA to the championship. His three homers gave him the Home Run Hitting Award (most homers at the tourney) and he was one of four Team USA players named to the All-Tournament Team.

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July 26, 2009
Michael Choice helped lead Team USA to the World Baseball Challenge championship with an 8-1 win over Germany on Sunday evening while hitting his third home run of the tournament and being named to the All-Tournament Team. Choice went 1-for-3 and belted a deep solo home run over the left field fence in the third inning to put Team USA ahead 3-1. Choice was one of four Team USA players selected to the All-Tournament Team. In addition, with his three home runs of the tournament, Choice collected the Home Run Hitting Award as the player with the most home runs. Team USA finished the summer with a 19-5 overall record and with a 6-1 record at the World Baseball Challenge. Choice batted .350 (21-for-60) for Team USA with 13 runs scored, three doubles, three home runs, 13 RBI, eight walks, five hit by pitches, three stolen bases, a .453 on-base percentage and a .550 slugging percentage. As a team, Team USA batted .311 with a .973 fielding percentage and the pitching staff tallied a 2.16 ERA.

- vs. Germany (W, 8-1) - Prince George, British Columbia, Canada - Citizen Stadium
Lineup: 4-Hole; Position: LF
1-for-3 (home run, run scored, RBI)
(1st inning - flied out to CF)
(3rd inning - solo home run to LF)
(4th inning - flied out to CF)

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July 24, 2009
Michael Choice went 0-for-3 during Team USA's 1-0 victory over Canada on Friday evening to advance into the finals at the World Baseball Challenge. Choice struck out, flied out to left field and popped out to the second baseman in three at-bats as the starting designated hitter in the 5-hole in Team USA's batting lineup. Choice is now batting .351 (5th on the team) in 17 starts with 12 runs, 20 base hits, three doubles, two home runs and 12 RBI.

- vs. Canada (W, 1-0) - Prince George, British Columbia, Canada - Citizen Stadium
Lineup: 5-Hole; Position: DH
0-for-3
(2nd inning - struck out swinging)
(4th inning - flied out to LF)
(7th inning - popped out to 2B)

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July 23, 2009
Michael Choice homered for the second straight game and had perhaps his top performance with Team USA going 3-for-4 with two singles, two RBI and two runs scored. Choice paced Team USA to a 12-2 victory over British Columbia on Thursday evening to secure a place in the World Baseball Challenge Finals on Sunday. After flying out to left field in his first at-bat, Choice reached base in four consecutive plate appearances with a walk (4th inning), solo home run (5th inning), and back-to-back singles in the 7th and 8th innings. In the win, two Team USA pitchers combined to throw a two-hitter against British Columbia. Choice is now 5-for-9 in his last three games played and is now hitting .370 (20-for-54) with three doubles, two home runs, 12 RBI and a .537 slugging percentage on the summer for Team USA (17-5 overall).

- vs. British Columbia (W, 12-2) - Prince George, British Columbia, Canada - Citizen Stadium
Lineup: 7-Hole; Position: LF
3-for-4 (home run, 2 singles, 2 RBI, 2 runs, walk)
(2nd inning - flied out to LF)
(4th inning - walked)
(5th inning - solo home run to right-center field)
(7th inning - singled through the left side)
(8th inning - RBI single to LF)

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July 23, 2009
Choice Homers, Continues to Shine with Team USA
Michael Choice and the USA Baseball National Team (Collegiate) have earned plenty of frequent flyer miles this summer while posting a 16-5 overall record this summer. Team USA's most recent venture was a week-long trip to Japan and will now finish its summer schedule at the World Baseball Challenge in Prince George, British Columbia.

Choice, who will begin his junior year at UT Arlington this fall, is only the second player in Southland Conference history to play for Team USA (Greg Kubes, Sam Houston State - 1997).

Choice is batting .340 with Team USA and hit his first home run during a 10-2 win over host-team Prince George on Wednesday night.

He is fifth on the team in batting and has three doubles, one home run, 10 RBI and three stolen bases. His .460 slugging percentage and .453 on-base average place him among team leaders and he has hit safely in 10 games this summer.

Team USA lost to Japan in the fifth and deciding game during the 37th annual USA vs. Japan Collegiate Championship series before starting the World Baseball Challenge with a 3-1 record. Choice said the trip to Japan wasn't as difficult as he thought it would be, but rather more of a challenge once they got there while adjusting to the time difference.

"It was about a 14-hour flight," Choice said of Team USA's flight from Toronto to Japan. "But it wasn't bad because they had TV screens inside the headrests and they had movies and TV shows that we could watch, so the flight wasn't that bad. But when we left Toronto it was six in the morning and when we got to Japan it was three in the afternoon, so we had to try and stay awake so we could sleep at night."

The trip to Japan started in Boston with a flight to Toronto and then finished with a flight to Airport Tokyo in Japan.

Team USA opened the Japan series with a 3-0 shutout and grabbed a 2-1 series advantage with an 8-4 win after a 7-5 loss in game two. Team USA wasn't able to win the series with a third victory as Team Japan won games four and five with an 8-3 (Game 4) and 8-7 victory in the final game in 11 innings.

"The competition was really good and at a high level," Choice said about the talent of Team Japan. "They have some really good players and had a good pitching staff. They had some pitchers that were throwing 93-94 (MPH), and had good sliders. They also have a pause in their windup, which throws you off a little bit because you think it is going to be slower and then they run it up there on you."

Continuing to experience different cultures and atmospheres, Choice said the Japan atmosphere proved that baseball reigned supreme with Japan's hometown fans.

"It felt like in Japan that baseball is the main sport with their fans, unlike America where it seems like football is our main sport to our sports fans," Choice said. "Baseball is a big deal over there, they had a lot of fans at all of their games and they were filling up the stands."

Team USA played in five different stadiums in Japan, including Jingu Stadium, Tsuruoka Dream Stadium, Miyagi Stadium, Botchan Stadium and the Tokyo Dome, which seats 55,000.

"The Tokyo Dome was really nice," Choice said. "It was a great experience to play on that field and in that dome. Picking up fly balls off that ceiling was kind of hard at first but we just got used to it eventually. I had so much adrenalin playing in all of those nice stadiums. We also played at a great stadium at Sendai, which was a really nice stadium also."

Choice also realizes this summer's experience with Team USA is providing him exposure to many of the top scouts that are evaluating collegiate prospects for the Major League Baseball draft in 2010.

"The exposure is great," Choice said. "When we were back in North Carolina (during the trials and beginning of the summer) I can't even count how many scouts were at our games. I'm not sure about the scouting situation in Canada or in Japan, but I know we have played in front of a lot of them this summer."

With only a week of Team USA's schedule remaining, Choice has nothing but positive feelings about his experience with Team USA from being invited, through the trials and now through a month of competition with the top returning collegiate players in the country.

"It has been a great experience," Choice said. "Going back to the trials, that was probably the hardest part because everyone was trying so hard just trying to make the team. We would be out there practicing, lifting and playing throughout the entire day for two weeks, which was probably the hardest part. Once we all made the team we were able to just relax and play and enjoy the summer."

Choice and Team USA will complete their summer schedule with games against Chinese Taipei (July 23), Beijing (July 24) and Germany (July 25) and with the World Baseball Challenge Finals set for Sunday, July 26.

MICHAEL CHOICE

On adjusting to the time difference after landing in Tokyo, Japan...

- "I didn't really adjust to it for about three days of being there. I was just tired and wanted to go to sleep in the middle of the day. We just had to force ourselves to stay awake just so you can sleep at night. We would wake up at 3 in the morning and it would feel like it should be 10 in the morning."

On Japan's pitchers...

- "They had a couple guys who threw splitters, but they didn't throw them that much. The main difference was their pitchers' sliders broke really hard."

On Japan's hitters...

- "Their hitters are really good. The thing about their hitters is they didn't hit for much power - except one of their guys - but all of the rest of them just threw their hands at the ball and hit the ball hard. They were line-drive hitters, just never popped the ball up."

On the fans and playing environment in Japan...

- "Baseball is a big deal over there. That is their main sport and their fans came out and there were just a lot of fans at all of the games. Their fans are just like our fans though, they come up to you and want your autograph. Sometimes they wanted autographs more than the fans in North Carolina and Massachusetts. We had a lot of fans that would follow us around. They would be at the hotel and would be waiting for us to come out to meet us."

On traveling back to Canada and how the travel is taking a toll on the players...

- "The travel to Canada wasn't as bad because we had already experienced that trip going out to Japan. I guess everyone is a little tired of traveling because we did so much flying and busing and training while we were over in Japan. That is the good thing about being in Canada right now. We are in one spot and we don't have to worry about packing things up and going somewhere each day."

On having two visitors come and see him (UTA head coach Darin Thomas and UTA assistant coach K.J. Hendricks)...

- "It was great to see them. I was expecting them because they told me they were coming. I was happy to see them because my parents haven't been able to come see any of the games and I haven't had anyone come watch me play, so seeing familiar faces was nice."

July 22, 2009
Michael Choice hit his first home run for Team USA on Wednesday helping the USA Baseball National Team to a 10-2 victory over the host Prince George Axemen at Citizen Stadium in Prince George, British Columbia. With 1,700 fans in attendance, Choice put Team USA on the scoreboard with a solo homer to lead off the third inning and would be one of three members of Team USA to homer in the game. Choice had three plate appearances while also reaching base with a walk in the sixth inning. Choice is batting .340 (17-for-50) with 10 RBI and four extra-base hits this summer. The victory improved Team USA to 16-5 overall and to 3-1 in the World Baseball Challenge.

- vs. Prince George (W, 10-2) - Prince George, British Columbia, Canada - Citizen Stadium
Lineup: 8-Hole; Position: DH
1-for-2 (home run, run scored, RBI, walk)
(3rd inning - homered to LF)
(4th inning - struck out looking)
(6th inning - walked)

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July 21, 2009
Michael Choice singled to left field, scored two runs, walked and stole second base during Team USA's 8-1 victory over the Bahamas on Tuesday evening. Team USA is now 2-1 in the World Baseball Challenge during pool play. Choice scored two of Team USA's eight runs and had one of the team's four base hits. Choice has collected at least one base hit in nine games for Team USA and is now batting .333 (16-for-48) with nine runs scored, three doubles and nine RBI this summer. Choice is fourth on the team in batting among players with at least 20 at-bats.

- vs. Bahamas (W, 8-1) - Prince George, British Columbia, Canada - Citizen Stadium
Lineup: 5-Hole; Position: DH
1-for-3 (single, walk, stolen base, 2 runs scored)
(1st inning - grounded out to 3B)
(3rd inning - popped out to P)
(6th inning - singled to LF)
(8th inning - walked)

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July 20, 2009
Michael Choice pinch hit in the ninth inning for his only at-bat on Monday evening in Team USA's 6-3 loss against Germany in the World Baseball Challenge. Choice struck out swinging in his at-bat in the ninth inning where Team USA hit two home runs, but still fell short to Germany. Choice is batting .333 in 18 games this summer, which includes 13 starts. He owns a .400 slugging percentage and a .439 on-base percentage with 15 base hits and seven runs scored.

- vs. Germany (L, 3-6) - Prince George, British Columbia, Canada - Citizen Stadium
Lineup: 9-Hole; Position: PH
0-for-1
(9th inning - struck out swinging)

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July 19, 2009
Michael Choice was one of nine Team USA players to record a base hit going 1-for-3 with a single to left field in the seventh inning during USA's 5-2 victory over Canada on Sunday evening. Sunday's victory over Canada was Team USA's first game in the 2009 Enbridge Northern Pipeline World Baseball Challenge. Choice also reached base in the second inning on a throwing error by the third baseman. He was taken out of the game in the seventh inning by a pinch runner after reaching base with a single. Choice is now batting .341 (13-for-42) with three doubles, nine RBI and two stolen bases.

- vs. Canada (W, 5-2) - Prince George, British Columbia, Canada - Citizen Stadium
Lineup: 8-Hole; Position: LF
1-for-3 (single, reached base on error)
(2nd inning - reached base on a throwing error by 3B)
(5th inning - struck out swinging)
(7th inning - singled to LF)

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July 18, 2009
Team USA will use today to prepare for its first game of the 2009 Enbridge Northern Pipeline World Baseball Challenge that is scheduled for Sunday, July 19, against Canada at Citizen Stadium in Prince George, British Columbia, Canada.

- Off Day

July 17, 2009
The USA Baseball National Team begins its trip from Japan to Canada today after the US lost to Japan, three games to two, in the 37th Annual USA vs. Japan Collegiate Championship series.

- Travel Day

July 16, 2009
Team USA (13-4) fell 8-7 in 11 innings to Japan in the final game of the 37th Annual USA vs. Japan Collegiate Championship as Japan won the game and the series. Michael Choice did not play in the game. Team USA now travels to Prince George, British Columbia, Canada to compete in the Enbridge Northern Gateway World Baseball Challenge July 19-26. Team USA will take on Canada on Sunday, July 19 at 10 p.m. (ET).

- vs. Japan (L, 7-8) - Tokyo, Japan - Jingu Stadium
Lineup: DNP; Position: DNP
0-for-0 (DNP)

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July 15, 2009
Michael Choice went 0-for-3 with a walk and three strikeouts on Wednesday as Japan evened the 37th Annual USA vs. Japan Collegiate Championship at two games apiece. Japan struck out 14 Team USA batters and never trailed in the game. Team USA is now 13-3 on the summer. Choice is now batting .341 (14-for-41) with seven runs scored, three doubles and nine RBI.

- vs. Japan (L, 8-3) - Tsuruoka, Japan - Tsuruoka Dream Stadium
Lineup: 4-Hole; Position: LF
0-for-3 (walk)
(2nd inning - struck out swinging)
(3rd inning - struck out swinging)
(5th inning - walked)
(6th inning - struck out swinging)

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July 14, 2009
Michael Choice struck out swinging in a pinch-hit at-bat in the seventh inning during Team USA's 8-4 victory over Japan on Tuesday. Team USA improves to 13-2 on the summer and to 2-1against Japan in the 37th Annual USA vs. Japan Collegiate Championship series.

- vs. Japan (W, 8-4) - Sendai, Japan - Miyagi Stadium
Lineup: 4-Hole; Position: PH
0-for-1
(7th inning - struck out swinging - pinch-hitting)

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July 13, 2009
Michael Choice reached base three times with three hit by pitches during Team USA's 7-5 loss to Japan on Monday. The victory by Japan evened the series with Team USA (12-2) at 1-1, with three games remaining in the 37th Annual USA vs. Japan Collegiate Championship series. Choice went 0-for-2 and was hit by the pitch in the first, seventh and ninth innings. Choice is batting .378 (14-for-37) with seven runs, three doubles, nine RBI, a .459 slugging percentage and a .479 on-base percentage. He is fifth on the team in batting among players with at least 30 at-bats. In addition, Monday's game was played at the Tokyo Dome where there were 12,000 fans in attendance - the most for Team USA this summer.

- vs. Japan (L, 7-5) - Tokyo, Japan - Tokyo Dome
Lineup: 5-Hole; Position: LF
0-for-2 (3 hit by pitches)
(1st inning - hit by pitch)
(3rd inning - struck out swinging)
(6th inning - flied out to SS)
(7th inning - hit by pitch)
(9th inning - hit by pitch)

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July 12, 2009
Michael Choice and Team USA had a day off on Sunday after taking the opening game of the 37th Annual USA vs. Japan Collegiate Championship five-game series in Japan. Team USA and Japan will resume play on Monday.

- Off Day

July 11, 2009
Michael Choice went 1-for-3 with a single up the middle and was walked in Team USA's 3-0 victory over Japan in the first of a five-game series in front of 9,215 fans at Botchan Stadium in Matsuyama, Japan. Choice was the starting designated hitter and batted in the 7-hole while reaching base three times in the game. Team USA improves to 12-1 on the summer and is 1-0 against Japan in the 37th Annual USA vs. Japan Collegiate Championships.

- vs. Japan (W, 3-0) - Matsuyama, Japan - Botchan Stadium
Lineup: 7-Hole; Position: DH
1-for-3 (single, walk)
(3rd inning - fouled out to RF)
(5th inning - reached base on a fielding error by 3B)
(7th inning - singled up the middle)
(9th inning - walked)

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July 10, 2009
Michael Choice opened Team USA's play in Japan going 0-for-2 with three place appearances on Thursday. Team USA dropped its first game of the season (snapped 35-game win streak dating back to last summer), 7-1 in an exhibition game against Budo University in Chiba, Japan. Choice grounded out twice and reached base once with a walk in the second inning. Choice is fourth on the team (at least 20 AB) batting .406 (13-for-32) with three doubles and nine RBI through 12 games this summer.

- vs. Kokusai Budo University (L, 1-7) - Chiba, Japan - Budo University
Lineup: 5-Hole; Position: LF
0-for-2 (walk)
(2nd inning - walked)
(4th inning - grounded out to 2B)
(6th inning - grounded into double play - SS to 2B to 1B)

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July 9, 2009
Team USA arrived in Japan at 2:00 AM (ET) and used the remainder of the day preparing for their opening game in Japan on Friday.

- Off Day

July 8, 2009
Michael Choice and Team USA used Wednesday and Thursday to travel to Japan for the start of the 37th USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Star Championship. Team USA's flight went from Boston to Toronto to Japan, with total time in transit around 18 hours total.

- Travel Day

July 7, 2009
The USA Baseball National Team (Collegiate) had its final domestic game of its summer schedule cancelled due to inclement weather on Tuesday in the Boston area. Team USA was scheduled to play the North Shore Navigators, but will not have the game made up. Team USA will take the next two days to travel to Japan as they will compete in the 37th Annual USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Star Championships. Team USA enters international competition with an 11-0 overall record.

- Rain Out

July 6, 2009
Michael Choice pinch hit in the seventh inning and struck out swinging in his only action during the USA Baseball National Team's (Collegiate) 5-2 win over the Holyoke Blue Sox on Monday evening. Team USA only produced four base hits in the game but managed to improve to 11-0 on the season and now owns a 35-game win streak dating back to last summer. In addition, there was a record-breaking crowd of 4,811 fans at the ballgame, which is largest crowd in Mackenzie Stadium history. Choice is third on the team batting .433 (13-for-30) this season.

- vs. Holyoke Blue Sox (W, 14-5) - Holyoke, Mass. - Mackenzie Stadium
Lineup: 2-Hole; Position: PH
0-for-1
(7th inning - struck out swinging - pinch-hitting)

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July 6, 2009
MICHAEL CHOICE BATTING .448 FOR UNDEFEATED TEAM USA
The USA Baseball National Team (Collegiate) is 10-0 this summer and a main element to the team's success has been UT Arlington's junior-to-be Michael Choice. In 10 games played (eight starts) this summer, Choice is batting .448 (13-for-29) with five multi-hit games, three doubles and nine RBI. Team USA has now won 34 straight games dating back to last summer, and the team is coming off a four-game series sweep over Guatemala and a victory against the New England Collegiate League All-Stars on Sunday.

One of the major changes for all Team USA players is using wooden bats throughout the trials (June 15-25) and now during the summer. All of Team USA's players played collegiately this past year at NCAA Division I programs where they used aluminum bats.

Choice's adjustment to using wooden bats was extremely smooth, considering he started the summer leading the team with a .615 average after the first five games of the season.

"At first it was a little bit different since the guys were throwing so hard," Choice said. "You just tried to not break your bat on the first swing. I have gotten used to it now. But I have been swinging a wood bat throughout the year. I used a wood bat every single day throughout the college season, the only time I would use metal was in games."

Team USA outscored Guatemala 61-2 in a four-game series sweep this past week. Choice was the designated hitter for two games against Guatemala, a position that is new to the Mavericks starting center fielder - who has also played left field four times and started in center field once for Team USA.

Choice hit cleanup for Team USA on Friday, July 3, against Guatemala where he went 2-for-6 with a single, double and three RBI.

"I don't look at it as any different," Choice said about being the designated hitter. "The only difference is I'm not going out onto the field. We have had a rotation, we pretty much rotate the corner outfield spots and if you don't start that game you are going to come in within the last three innings and finish it up. I like the DH, it kind of gives me a rest sometimes, and it gives my legs a rest."

In Team USA's most recent victory - 4-1 win over NECBL on Sunday - Choice hit seventh in the batting order while starting in left field and went 3-for-3 with two singles and a double.

Team USA's next two games will be against collegiate summer teams in Massachusetts before embarking on an 18-hour plane trip to Japan, where Team USA will be in action July 10-16, which includes playing at the Tokyo Dome on Monday, July 13, against Japan.

MICHAEL CHOICE

On Team USA's 10-0 start and 34 game-win streak dating back to last summer...

- "Nobody really thinks about the win streak any more. I don't hear that many people talking about it. We are just going game-to-game playing each day at a time."

On team's success and their dominating series against Guatemala...

- "We were just taking it day-by-day and working on our team and personal goals. Even though the competition wasn't that high you can still get better by concentrating on the little things that you need to do better to improve on as a player and as a team."

On adjustments he has made using a wooden bat while playing with Team USA...

- "I have just tried to not swing as hard. Just to let my natural power work for me. Sometimes you think when using wood bat you have to put a little extra on it, but you don't. I take light swings in batting practice and I hit the ball just as far as I do with metal. I just have to keep reminding myself to just take the same swing and it will go just as far."

On what is working for individuals on the team and what leaders on the team are doing to have success with Team USA...

- "We just try to go out and play hard every day. Everyone has personal goals every day. At the end of every game our coach brings us together to talk about the things that went wrong during the game, verses the things that went good. That stays on your mind, because you never want to be on that list at the end of the game. You always want to stay off that list and do the right things. It just makes us think about playing hard and to play the game the right way."

On playing in front of 9,534 fans at the Durham Bulls' Stadium on the 4th of July...

- "It was great. For me it was a different experience playing in front of all of those people. It is fun, and you want to perform well in front of all of those people."

On upcoming trip to Japan...

- "Travel wise, we are just starting to get used to that. Yesterday was a long day, we got up at 4 a.m. and we played at 2 p.m. and then bused over (to Holyoke, Mass.) for two hours after yesterday's game. We just have to think of it as having fun playing, and the plane and bus rides really won't affect you. We have a pretty busy schedule the next two days with playing and going to a different part of Massachusetts. We practice at Fenway Park tomorrow morning and then we have a flight to Japan that will take 18 hours. We have to fly from the Boston airport to Toronto, and from Toronto to Japan."

July 5, 2009
Michael Choice posted his fifth multi-hit game of the summer on Sunday going 3-for-3 with a double and run scored while playing left field during Team USA's 4-1 victory over the New England Collegiate Baseball League All-Stars (NECBL), improving Team USA's record to a perfect 10-0 this summer. Choice doubled to right field in the second inning, singled to right field and scored a run in the fourth and then singled up the middle in the sixth inning. Choice is now batting .448 (13-for-29) with seven runs, three doubles, nine RBI and two stolen bases in 10 games played (eight starts). Team USA will play the Holyoke Blue Sox (collegiate semi-pro team) on Monday, July 6 at 7 p.m. (ET) at MacKensie Stadium in Holyoke, Mass.

- vs. New England Collegiate Baseball League All-Stars (W, 4-1) - Manchester, N.H. - MerchantsAuto.com Stadium
Lineup: 7-Hole; Position: LF
3-for-3 (2 single, double, run scored)
(2nd inning - doubled to right field)
(4th inning - singled to right field)
(6th inning - singled up the middle)

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July 4, 2009
Michael Choice went 0-for-5 as he started the game as the designated hitter and then moved to right field in the sixth inning. The USA Baseball National Team (Collegiate) completed its four-game sweep over Guatemala with an 18-1 victory on Saturday in front of a summer-high 9,534 fans at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Team USA (9-0) will travel northeast to Manchester, N.H. to take on the New England Collegiate Baseball League All-Stars (NECBL) on Sunday at 2:45 p.m. (ET) at MerchantsAuto.com Stadium.

- vs. Guatemala (W, 18-1) - Durham, N.C. - Durham Bulls Athletic Park
Lineup: 7-Hole; Position: DH
0-for-5
(1st inning - struck out swinging)
(3rd inning - struck out looking)
(4th inning - flied out to RF)
(6th inning - flied out to LF down left-field line)
(8th inning - flied out to CF)

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July 3, 2009
In his first time hitting in the cleanup position in the USA Baseball National Team's lineup Michael Choice produced going 2-for-6 with three RBI, a double and a run scored. Team USA stayed undefeated with an 18-0 win over Guatemala on Friday night at Coleman Field in Cary, N.C. Choice scored the game's opening runs with a two-run double to left-center field and later scored. He recorded his third RBI during a six-run fourth inning with a single up the middle to give Team USA a 14-0 advantage. Choice played all seven innings as the designated hitter. Choice is now batting .476 (10-for-21) with six runs, two doubles, nine RBI, a .571 slugging percentage and a .519 on-base percentage and two stolen bases.

- vs. Guatemala (W, 18-0) - Cary, N.C. - Coleman Field, National Training Complex
Lineup: 4-Hole; Position: DH
2-for-6 (single, double, 3 RBI, run scored)
(1st inning - two-run RBI double to left-center field)
(1st inning - flied out to RF)
(3rd inning - grounded out to SS)
(4th inning - RBI single up the middle)
(6th inning - flied out to CF)
(7th inning - fouled out to C)

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July 2, 2009
Michael Choice entered the game in the top of the eighth inning as a defensive replacement in right field and went 0-for-1 with a fly out to center field in his only plate appearance as the USA Baseball National Team (7-0) no-hit Guatemala 10-0 on Thursday evening at Coleman Field. It was the first post-trials no-hitter in USA Baseball National Team (Collegiate) history. Choice is now batting .533 (8-for-15) with six RBI and two stolen bases this summer.

- vs. Guatemala (W, 10-0) - Cary, N.C. - Coleman Field, National Training Complex
Lineup: 5-Hole; Position: RF (defensive replacement in 8th inning)
0-for-1
(8th inning - flied out to CF)

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July 1, 2009
Michael Choice started and played four and a half innings in left field for the USA Baseball National Team (6-0) as they won the series opener over Guatemala 15-1 on Wednesday night at Fieldcrest Cannon Stadium in Kannapolis, N.C. Choice hit in the 7-hole and went 0-for-1 with a walk, a hit by pitch, a run scored and a stolen base. Choice scored Team USA's sixth run of the game after his second plate appearance in the third inning. He reached base on a hit by pitch, stole second and then scored on a single up the middle. Choice remains the top hitter for Team USA with a .571 batting average (8-for-14) with one double and six RBI.

- vs. Guatemala (W, 15-1) - Kannapolis, N.C. - Fieldcrest Cannon Stadium
Lineup: 7-Hole; Position: LF
0-for-1 (walk, hit-by-pitch, stolen base, run scored)
(2nd inning - walked)
(3rd inning - hit by pitch)
(4th inning - grounded out to 3B)

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June 30, 2009
MICHAEL CHOICE LEADS TEAM USA TO SWEEP OVER TEAM CANADA
In a short period of time UT Arlington center fielder Michael Choice went from trying to make the USA Baseball National Team (Collegiate) to leading Team USA to a five-game sweep over Team Canada in their first games of the summer. Choice, who will enter his junior year at UT Arlington in 2009-10, led USA with a .615 batting average, which included three multi-hit games while starting four games in the outfield.

Choice, who was named to the 22-man, Team USA roster on June 24, feels that since he and his teammates made the official roster it has allowed everyone to play more relaxed on a day-to-day basis.

"I definitely think that we are all more relaxed," Choice said. "Now you don't have to worry about going home. We can just look forward to the next day because we play every day. If you don't get it done one day you will have a chance the next."

Choice has certainly produced thus far going 8-for-13 (.615) with four runs scored, one double, a stolen base and six RBI in four starts in the outfield and one pinch-hit at-bat.

In fact, Choice has played out of position in three of his four starts in the outfield, starting in left field during three games and making his most recent start at his natural position in center field. In Team USA's series finale victory over Team Canada - 9-3 win on Monday night - Choice tallied his first outfield assist while throwing out a runner with a relay at home plate.

"At first it was a little weird (playing left field) because the ball has a different angle off the bat playing in the corner outfield," Choice said. "But I adjusted to it pretty quick. I actually played left field my freshman year in high school. So I'm a little more comfortable with left field."

He didn't waste time recording his first base hit with Team USA with a single up the middle in his first at-bat against Team Canada on June 25, the day after the team's final roster was announced.

The following day, Choice notched his first multi-hit game going 3-for-4 with three singles while batting seventh in the batting order and playing in left field.

"Canada had mostly really young pitchers that were coming out of high school," Choice said. "But they all had good arms. We faced a 2nd rounder, a 5th rounder and a 10th rounder in the five games. They were good pitchers. They were just young and gave up some mistakes."

On Saturday, June 27, Choice and Team USA had a guest coach as Florida Marlins' 2003 World Series-Winning Manager Jack McKeon filled in for USA head coach Rick Jones as the field manager for the game. Team USA won that game 14-5, and although Choice didn't start, he had one at-bat as a pinch hitter in the seventh inning.

"It was a great experience," Choice said about meeting McKeon. "He has so much wisdom of the game, he can just talk for hours and hours about his experiences and situations he has been involved in. He has coached and been around so many great players. His knowledge about the game is just incredible."

Three of Team USA's opening games were played in Durham, N.C., where they played at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Choice went 5-for-7 (.714) in his three games played in the minor league facility. He said it was a great experience playing at the minor league park.

"It is great," Choice said. "We have put together a really good fan base every game so far, especially the first game we played at Durham. It is fun to play in front of a lot of people. It is such a different vibe with everyone chanting U-S-A. We have our entire country cheering for us."

Choice and the rest of the Team USA members had their first off day on Tuesday since arriving at the National Training Complex on June 14. Tuesday's day off still consisted of a morning weights session before the players were released for the remainder of the day.

Choice and Team USA will be back in action starting Wednesday, July 1, as they host Guatemala for a four-game series, which will be played at three different ballparks in North Carolina. Wednesday's first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. (ET) at Fieldcrest Cannon Stadium in Kannapolis, N.C.

MICHAEL CHOICE
On making the team and then starting the summer with five games against Team Canada...

- "At first, everyone was just excited to be on the team. We just tried to get a rhythm going for how our team would be lineup-wise. Once we did that, it was our third game and Canada scored five in the first inning and that is when we started to feel some pressure because last year's team went undefeated. We just relaxed and started playing our game from there."

On the type of pitching staffs for Team USA and Team Canada...

- "The level of competition is through the roof. I feel like the type of pitching we have right now we could go compete with some minor league teams. Canada's pitchers were good. They were just young and gave up some mistakes."

On the atmosphere and the following Team USA has had in Cary and Durham, N.C...

- "The atmosphere is almost just like professional baseball. There are distractions, you are signing autographs all of the time, people want to talk to you and meet you all of the time. It is definitely a big stage."

On Team USA's next opponent Guatemala...

- "I really don't know what to expect. Our coach said they will be a lot like Canada. I don't really know what to expect with them. I am going to go out there and play my hardest and I know my team will too."

June 30, 2009
The USA Baseball National Team (Collegiate) had a weight lifting session and a day off from the field on Tuesday. They open a four-game series against Guatemala on Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. at Fieldcrest Cannon Stadium in Kannapolis, N.C.

- Off Day

June 29, 2009
Michael Choice led the USA Baseball National Team (Collegiate) going 2-for-4 with a double, run scored and three RBI in a 9-3 victory, giving Team USA the five-game sweep over Team Canada on Monday evening. Choice reached base with a hit-by-pitch in the second inning, hit an RBI double to center field in the third, singled through the right side to score two runs in the fifth and later scored, flied out to right field in the sixth and reached base on a fielder's choice in the eighth inning. Also in the eighth inning, Choice, while playing center field, gunned down a base runner at home plate on a perfectly executed relay throw to the second baseman for his first outfield assists this summer. Choice is leading Team USA with a .615 batting average (8-for-13) with four runs, a double, six RBI and has a .692 slugging percentage and a .588 on-base percentage.

- vs. Canada (W, 9-3) - Cary, N.C. - Coleman Field, National Training Complex
Lineup: 6-Hole; Position: CF
2-for-4 (single, double, 3 RBI, run scored, outfield assist, hit-by-pitch)
(2nd inning - hit by pitch)
(3rd inning - doubled to center field)
(5th inning - singled through the right side)
(6th inning - flied out to right field)
(8th inning - reached on a fielder's choice)

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June 28, 2009
Michael Choice continues to lead the USA National Baseball Team (Collegiate) in hitting (.667) after going 2-for-2 with two singles, two RBI, a walk, sacrifice fly and a stolen base during Team USA's 20-3 romp over Team Canada on Sunday evening in Durham, N.C. In the first inning, Choice hit a line-drive single up the middle that hit off Canada's pitcher to drive in a run before notching his second RBI in the third inning with a sac fly to right field. He singled up the middle, stole second base and scored in the fifth and then drew a walk and scored in the sixth. USA pinch hit for Choice in the seventh inning with the score 14-2.

- vs. Canada (W, 20-3) - Durham, N.C. - Durham Bulls Athletic Park
Lineup: 7-Hole; Position: LF
2-for-2 (2 singles, 2 RBI, 2 runs, sac fly, walk, stolen base)
(1st inning - singled up the middle/hit off the pitcher)
(3rd inning - sacrifice fly to RF)
(5th inning - singled up the middle)
(6th inning - walked)

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June 27, 2009
Michael Choice struck out in his only at-bat on Saturday as he pinch hit in the seventh inning during the USA National Baseball Team's third victory over Team Canada, 14-5. USA trailed early after Team Canada struck first with five runs in the first inning, but later scored in four separate innings, including seven in the fifth and five in the seventh. Choice entered the game as a pinch hitter for the starting second baseman Brad Miller when Team USA sent 11 batters to the plate in the seventh. Choice has started in left field in two of the three games for Team USA this summer. In addition, Florida Marlins' 2003 World Series-Winning Manager Jack McKeon filled in for USA head coach Rick Jones as the field manager for the game.

- vs. Canada (W, 14-5) - Durham, N.C. - Durham Bulls Athletic Park
Lineup: 8-Hole; Position: PH
0-for-1
(7th inning - struck out swinging - pinch-hitting)

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June 26, 2009
Michael Choice now leads the USA Baseball National Team with a .667 batting average (4-for-6) after going 3-for-4 on Friday night in an 8-1 win over Team Canada at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park on Friday night. Choice had a single through the left side in his first at-bat in the second inning, singled up the middle in the sixth and singled up the middle in the seventh inning. Team USA is now 2-0 after posting two straight wins over Team Canada.

- vs. Canada (W, 8-1) - Durham, N.C. - Durham Bulls Athletic Park
Lineup: 7-Hole; Position: LF
3-for-4 (3 singles)
(2nd inning - singled through the left side)
(3rd inning - grounded out to 3B)
(6th inning - singled up the middle)
(7th inning - singled up the middle)

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June 25, 2009
Michael Choice opened Team USA's schedule with a 1-for-2 performance with a run scored and an RBI while being the designated hitter and batting in the 8-hole. USA defeated Canada 12-4 in the first game of their five-game series. Choice recorded a single up the middle in his first at-bat to lead off the home half of the third inning. He later scored to post USA's second run of the game. In the fifth inning, Choice hit a sacrifice fly to left field to tally an RBI.

- vs. Canada (W, 12-4) - Cary, N.C. - USA Baseball National Training Complex
Lineup: 8-Hole; Position: DH
1-for-2 (run scored, RBI, sacrifice fly)
(3rd inning - singled up the middle)
(4th inning - grounded out to 3B)
(5th inning - SAC fly to LF)

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June 24, 2009
MICHAEL CHOICE EARNS SPOT ON USA BASEBALL NATIONAL TEAM
UT Arlington center fielder Michael Choice was named to the 2009 USA Baseball National Team (Collegiate), which was announced by National Team officials on Wednesday evening. Choice, who will be a junior next season at UT Arlington, was one of 22 players named to the roster. The team will consist of five outfielders, six infielders, 10 pitchers and one utility player. Two additional players will stay with the team to serve as alternates.

Choice, a native of Mansfield, Texas, becomes the first UT Arlington baseball player in the history of the program to earn a spot on the USA Baseball National Team.

"I'm just really happy right now," Choice said minutes after learning the news of making the team. "I'm glad that all of the hard work has paid off. I have been working really hard since I got here to make the team. I'm just relieved since getting the news."

Choice went 3-for-10 during the final three scrimmages while showing power at the plate. On Monday, Choice went 1-for-4 with a towering three-run homer that almost cleared the batter's eye in center field while leading his team with three RBI. He went 0-for-2 with a sacrifice fly a day later and finished the trials (Cary, N.C.) with a 2-for-4 performance with a double to left center, an RBI and a stolen base.

In his brief two-year career at UT Arlington, Choice holds the all-time career school record for batting (.396) and has racked up 167 base hits, 22 doubles, six triples, 18 home runs and 103 RBI.

This past season, Choice batted .413 with 13 doubles, 11 homers and 52 RBI. He was named first team Southland All-Conference and was a second team American Baseball Coaches Association South Central All-Region.

The USA Baseball National Team is comprised of the top non-draft eligible collegiate players in the country. In 2009, the National Team will play in two international friendship series in North Carolina against the Canadian National Team and the Guatemalan National Team before traveling to Japan for the 37th Annual USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Star series and the World Baseball Challenge in Prince George, British Columbia, Canada.

The USA Baseball National Team begins its summer season Thursday, June 24, opening a five-game series against the Canadian National Team in Cary, N.C. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM ET at the National Training Complex.

Quotes: MICHAEL CHOICE

On the competition and overall experience at the USA Baseball National Team Trials...

- "It has been a great experience playing with these guys. These are the top pitchers in the nation that I'm facing. Some of these guys are virtually unhittable. Just trying to get the bat on some of these pitches is the goal going into each at bat. It has been a great experience. There are great facilities, great coaches, it has just been a lot of fun playing every day for these guys."

On the biggest challenges he has faced since arriving at the National Team Trials...

- "The biggest adjustment would have to just be picking up the pitches these guys are throwing. When somebody is throwing 95 to almost 100, there are guys here throwing 101, it is a lot harder to pick up that slider. It is almost funny in your mind that someone can throw that hard."

Michael Choice - Complete Game-by-Game at the USA Baseball National Team Trials

June 24: Lineup: 3-Hole; Position: LF - 2-for-4 (RBI single up the middle, stolen base; doubled to left center; flied out to RF; flied out to RF)

June 23: Lineup: Lead-off; Position: LF - 0-for-2 (struck out swinging; walked; reached on a fielder's choice; SAC Fly to CF, RBI)

June 22: Lineup: 5-Hole; Position: CF - 1-for-4 (reached on a fielder's choice; grounded out to SS; 3-run home run to center field; walked, stole second base, scored a run; popped up to SS)

June 21: Lineup: 2-Hole; Position: CF - 1-for-3 (grounded out to 3B; struck out looking; doubled to right center)

June 20: Lineup: 5-Hole; Position: CF - 0-for-3 (struck out swinging; grounded out to 3B; grounded out to 2B)

June 19: Lineup: 5-Hole; Position: CF - 0-for-3 (grounded out to SS; popped up to 1B, bunt; popped up to LF)

June 18: Lineup: 3-Hole; Position: LF - 0-for-3 (grounded out to SS; struck out swinging; struck out swinging)

June 17: Lineup: Lead-off; Position: CF - 0-for-3 (grounded out to SS; flied out to CF; struck out swinging)

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