UB's Murphy KSU's Lyon Join USA Collegiate National Team

Updated 7/5/2011

CARY, N.C. -- Kent State junior catcher David Lyon and Buffalo sophomore catcher Tom Murphy have secured roster spots on the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team's 22-man roster, as announced by USA Baseball.

Lyon, who was named to the Collegiate National Team as an alternate earlier this month, grabbed a spot on the final roster as the squad toured the New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL). The backstop began his summer competing for the NECBL's Keene Swamp Bats, batting .364 with nine RBIs, five runs scored, two home runs and a double among his eight hits in five games. The highlight of the Collegiate National Team's season is a five-game series (July 3-8) against the Japan Collegiate All-Stars.

Lyon will have the opportunity to represent his country and Kent State along with seventh-year Golden Flashes skipper Scott Stricklin, who is serving as an assistant coach under Collegiate National Team manager and Missouri head coach Tim Jamieson. The catcher and his head coach had the unique opportunity to play and coach at Boston's historic Fenway Park in a contest against the NEBCL All-Stars last Saturday (June 27). The Collegiate National Team will be featured on the MLB Network as it competes in the Prospect Classic July 1-2 in North Carolina. Each game will air on a one-day delay, July 2-3, on MLB Network.

Murphy is the first player in Buffalo baseball history to earn a national team spot and becomes the second University at Buffalo athlete to have a chance to represent a national team this summer, joining Javon McCrea of the men's basketball team.

On Monday, June 27, Murphy's towering home run in the second inning helped lead his all-star team to an upset win. Murphy will now join forces with a squad of college players from across the country in time for an exhibition game against the under-18 national team tonight and then an upcoming five-game series against Japan July 3-8.