April 25, 2013
Nashville, Tenn. -
Sophomore Tyler Beede has been selected to represent the United States as part of USA Baseball's Collegiate National Team this summer.
Beede becomes the 10th Commodore to wear the Red, White & Blue for the National Team and first since Sonny Gray and Jason Esposito in 2010. Along with Gray and Esposito, Beede joins former Commodores Pedro Alvarez (2006-07), Ryan Flaherty (2007), Mike Minor (2007-08), Ryan Mullins (2004), David Price (2005-06), Mark Prior (1999-2000) and Casey Weathers (2006) as members of Team USA. Head Coach Tim Corbin has twice represented the US winning a gold medal as the head coach in 2006 at the World University Championships in Havana, Cuba and capturing another gold medal in the 2000 World University Championships in the Netherlands as an assistant coach.
"Tyler's inclusion to the USA National Team is well earned and deserved," Corbin said. "He continues the fine list of Vanderbilt players who have been active participants for USA Baseball. He is the right fiber of kid to be a part of that tour and will most certainly be an instrumental part of their staff and team."
Beede is enjoying one of the best seasons in Vanderbilt history as the right-hander takes a perfect 10-0 record into the weekend against Mississippi State. The former first round pick became just the ninth pitcher in program history to reach the 10-win mark with his victory at Georgia last weekend. His 1.51 ERA leads the team and is among the leaders in the Southeastern Conference.
The Commodores host Mississippi State this weekend at Hawkins Field. First pitch is slated for 6:30 p.m. on Friday night. Game time on Saturday is set for noon and Sunday is scheduled for 1 p.m.