Pair of 'Noles headline Team USA

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By: Kevin Keane | WCTV Eyewitness Sports
June 25, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Florida State pitchers Drew Parrish and C.J. Van Eyk will participate on the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team this coming summer, the organization announced this week.

Parrish is on the 24-man roster and will play with Team USA throughout the summer, while Van Eyk is a training camp invite and will face Chinese Taipei while competing for a full roster position.

This is the third straight season that FSU has had a pair of players participate with the Collegiate National Team. In 2016, shortstop Taylor Walls and pitcher Cole Sands were on the team. Last summer, pitcher Tyler Holton and outfielder Jackson Lueck played for Team USA.

Parrish led Florida State with a 2.52 earned run average in 16 starts, going 5-1 with a team-high 128 strikeouts. Parrish struck out at least 10 batters four times in 2018, including a career-high 14 in the ACC Championships against NC State. Opponents hit just .186 against the left-hander from Rockledge, Fla.

Van Eyk appeared in 19 games for the Seminoles, including five starts. A freshman from Lutz, Fla., Van Eyk tallied a 2.86 earned run average over 56.2 innings, finishing with a 71-to-30 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Opponents hit .208 off the right-hander and Van Eyk finished with a perfect 7-0 record.

Parrish and Van Eyk had career outings in consecutive games against rival Miami in late April. Parrish struck out 13 and allowed just four hits in a 2-0 FSU win on April 27. A day later, Van Eyk allowed just one run and struck out a career-high 10 over 7.1 innings in FSU’s 10-1 win against the Hurricanes.

Parrish and Van Eyk will become the 23rd and 24th different Seminoles to suit up for the Collegiate Team.



 
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