Neuse and his invited teammates reported to training camp on June 20 and have already played two games, including a 4-2 victory over the Coastal Plain League select team on Sunday. The Sooner shortstop, the only player from the Big 12 to be invited to join Team USA this summer, has appeared in both games.
He came off the bench to fill in at third base in the team’s opening game on Saturday, a 14-6 pounding of the Catawaba Valley Stars at Coleman Field at the National Training Complex in Cary, N.C. Neuse was the designated hitter in Sunday’s win and moved to the pitching mound for the final inning, striking out one and earning the save.
Neuse has five official at bats in the two games. He is hitless so far, but scored a run in the win over Catawaba Valley.
in his freshman season at Oklahoma, Neuse was named the Big 12 Freshman of the Year and was a unanimous selection to the All-Big 12 First Team. The Ft. Worth native hit .304 in the 2014 season for the Sooners. He led the team with seven home runs and 47 RBI.
Neuse also made nine appearances on the mound for the Sooners this season. He had a 1-o record with 11 strikeouts and an ERA of 2.25 in 12 innings of work.
Neuse was playing for the San Luis Obispo Blues in the California Collegiate League when the invite came to join the Team USA Collegiate National Team roster. He was hitting .234 with eight RBI at the time he left to join the National Team. He also had recorded three saves in three opportunities as a relief pitcher.
The Sooner shortstop is the first OU player to be on the Team USA Collegiate National Team since Brian Shackleford, who played at Oklahoma from 1995-98.
The 29-man roster will be cut to 24 shortly by manager Dave Van Horn, the coach of the Arkansas Razorbacks, before the Collegiate National Team begins an international tour. Seven spots are guaranteed, so 22 players will be fighting for the final 17 roster positions.