AUBURN, Alabama–Right-handed pitcher Joseph Gonzalez, who had a breakout season for the Auburn Tigers as a sophomore, has been invited to the 2022 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team Training Camp.
The camp will feature approximately 50 of the top non-draft eligible college players for a five-game Stars vs. Stripes intrasquad series in North Carolina from June 30–July 4.
Pitching for an Auburn team that reached the College World Series, Gonzalez led the Tigers with seven wins and a 3.22 earned run average. In his seven Southeastern Conference starts he posted a 3.20 ERA.
For the season he pitched 78 1/3 innings and struck out 54 batters with 15 bases on balls.
USA Baseball will name a 26-man Collegiate National Team roster after training camp that will represent the United States at Honkbalweek Haarlem in the Netherlands from July 9–15.
Gonzalez becomes the 11th Auburn player to compete for the Collegiate National Team, including the fourth during Coach Butch Thompson’s time as head coach of the Tigers.
The first game of the Stars vs. Stripes series is scheduled at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C., at 6 p.m. CDT on Thursday. The Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, N.C., will be site for games two, three and four.
The first pitches of games two and four are set for 5:35 p.m. on July 1 and 3, respectively, and game three will start at 4:05 p.m. Training camp will conclude with a game on July 4 at Truist Field, the home of the Charlotte Knights with the first pitch at 5:05 p.m. All five games of the series will be available to watch on USABaseball.com.
A native of Humacao, Puerto Rico, Gonzalez became the first Auburn pitcher since Keegan Thompson in 2015 to win four consecutive SEC starts. He turned in a complete game against Vanderbilt for Auburn’s first SEC complete game since Casey Mize in 2018 and starting a streak of three straight starts of seven or more innings and no walks.
He was chosen to the NCAA Auburn Regional All-Tournament team after earning a win as the starter vs. Florida State. The Tigers, who also won a super regional at Oregon State, finished with a 43-22 record after losing to eventual national champion Ole Miss in the College World Series opener, defeating Pac-12 champion Stanford and ending their trip to Omaha with a loss vs. Arkansas.
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