TEMPE, Ariz. - Arizona State University sophomore right-handed pitcher Ryan Burr has been named to the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team for the consecutive year.
Burr, who will represent the United States during the 2014 summer, joins former Sun Devil Dustin Pedroia as the only two student-athletes in school history to be selected to the team in consecutive seasons.
“There is no higher honor than competing for your country,” Burr said. “Last summer was a humbling and life-changing experience, and it’s a privilege to have the opportunity to wear the Red, White and Blue again.”
This marks the seventh consecutive season at least one Sun Devil has played on the Collegiate National Team, which is the longest streak in the NCAA, and is the 15th year a Sun Devil has been a member of the team, fourth most among all schools.
ASU has sent 19 student-athletes to play for the Collegiate National Team, which is the fifth most among all schools, and 10 Sun Devils have been on the team since 2007. A total of 20 Devils have represented the United States as Oddibe McDowell was a member of the 1984 Olympic team.
“The Sun Devils’ long-standing history with USA Baseball is something we take great pride in and is further proof that ASU continues to be one of the preeminent baseball programs in the country,” head coach Tim Esmay said.
Burr has recorded 22 career saves, including 10 this season, and is three away from tying the school record, which has stood since 1967. He has a 0.77 ERA since moving back into closer role this season and has held opponents to a .122 batting average.
He served as the team’s Friday starter until March 7 and has since allowed two earned runs on nine hits and has struck out 31 in 19 appearances and 23 1/3 relief innings.
Burr served as the closer for USA Baseball Collegiate National Team in 2013 and tied a team record with six saves. He allowed just two hits and one run with a 0.93 ERA and .067 opposing batting average in his nine appearances. His 20 strikeouts ranked third on the team behind a pair of starters who pitched 23 2/3 and 17 innings, respectively, compared to just 9 2/3 frames for Burr.
He struck out Cuba’s Yasmani Tomas on a 1-2 count with two outs and a two-run lead in the ninth inning to secure his sixth save of the summer and the team’s historic five-game series sweep over the Cuban National Team.
Burr, who struck out a pair in his perfect 1-2-3 ninth frame in game five against Cuba, appeared in three of the team’s five games against Cuba and registered two saves to go along with seven strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings to help them become the first USA team ever to defeat Cuba in five consecutive games.
Burr is the fifth Sun Devil, and sixth overall selection, coach Esmay has helped guide to the USA Collegiate National Team since being named ASU's head coach in 2010. Along with Burr, he mentored Trevor Williams in 2012, Deven Marrero and Brady Rodgers in 2011, and Drew Maggi in 2010. He also helped five others as an assistant coach/assistant head coach at ASU, including Matt Newman in 2009, Mike Leake in 2008, Petey Paramore and Brett Wallace in 2007, and Jim Austin in 1990.
Sun Devil Baseball's Team USA Members
2014 - Ryan Burr
2013 - Burr
2013 - Tim Esmay (coach)
2012 - Trevor Williams
2011 - Brady Rodgers
2011 - Deven Marrero
2010 - Drew Maggi
2009 - Matt Newman
2008 - Mike Leake
2007 - Petey Paramore
2007 - Brett Wallace
2004 - Travis Buck
2003 - Jeff Larish
2003 - Dustin Pedroia
2002 - Pedroia
2001 - Mike Esposito
2000 - Casey Myers
2000 - Jon Switzer
1998 - Willie Bloomquist
1995 - Kaipo Spenser
1990 - Jim Austin
1984 - Oddibe McDowell (Olympics)