Florida Gators pitcher Jonathon Crawford selected to play with USA Baseball Collegiate National Team
Florida pitcher Jonathon Crawford has been selected to play for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team, becoming the fourth Gator during head coach Kevin O’Sullivan’s tenure to represent Team USA - joining Matt den Dekker (2008), Nolan Fontana (2010 & 2011) and Brian Johnson (2010 & 2011).
Crawford will be part of the 22-man Team USA squad that will report this week to its training complex in Cary, N.C. The team’s season begins Monday, June 25, and lasts one month, with trips to Cuba and The Netherlands highlighting the 2012 schedule.
Crawford just completed his 2012 sophompre season in which he excelled after pitching just 3.2 innings as a freshman. This season, Crawford made 19 appearances and 14 starts. He was 6-2 with a 3.13 ERA and tied for second on the team with 73 strikeouts in 77.2 innings.
In the opening round of the NCAA Gainesville Regional on June 1, Crawford became the first Gator pitcher to throw a complete-game no-hitter since John Burke's 2-0 shutout of Furman on May 23, 1991. He is only the seventh pitcher to throw a no-hitter in the NCAA Championship and was the first since Burke.
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