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Freshman named to USA Collegiate National Team

Freshman starter Seth Romero pitched a dynamite game for the Cougars against UL-Lafayette, going 8.0 innings and striking out eight, allowing just one hit on the day. | Brittaney Penney/The Cougar

Freshman pitcher Seth Romero was named to the USA Collegiate National Team following his stellar debut season. | Brittaney Penney/The Cougar

Starting pitcher Seth Romero accepted an invitation to join the USA Baseball Collegiate National team on Monday.

Romero will participate in a training camp with a number of other collegiate players with a chance to make a final 24-man roster.

Romero finished his season with arguably his best performance of the year at the NCAA Regionals, throwing eight innings of one-hit baseball, while also striking out eight, and allowing no runs against eventual-regional winner UL-Lafayette.

Romero is the second Houston pitcher in as many years to be named to the Collegiate National Team, following Jake Lemoine last season. Before them, the last Cougar named to the team was Michael Bourn in 2006, who currently plays for the Atlanta Braves.

This year, Romero posted one of the best freshman seasons in Houston history with a 7-4 record, while leading the team with seven saves in 22 appearances.

Romero recorded 92 strikeouts in 83.1 innings of work, while posting a 1.94 ERA for the season and almost holding opponents to a sub-.200 combined batting average, at just .201.

The lefty also earned honors as he was named a Freshman All-American, as well as Rookie of the Year in the American Athletic Conference and Second Team All-Conference.

The Collegiate Nation Team will convene in Cary, N.C. on June 18, and will face their first opponent on June 20.

Team USA will face 17 opponents in their summer season, which includes match-ups with national teams from Chinese Taipei and Cuba.

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