East Carolina University pitcher Jake Agnos will leave summer ball behind and reunite with head coach Cliff Godwin after being added to the 2018 Collegiate National Team roster, announced by USA Baseball in a release on Monday.
Agnos is one of 16 players who are trying to get a spot on the final 24-man and 26-man Collegiate National Team rosters. Godwin has been serving as the third base coach and the hitting coach for the national team since being named on Feb. 14.
“This whole thing has been surreal to me,” Agnos said in an interview with The East Carolinian. “I am so honored to represent the USA and can’t thank coach Godwin and the staff for selecting me. It’s truly an honor and a privilege.”
Agnos said he got the call about being added to the roster on Saturday night, and flew back to North Carolina on Monday morning. Agnos has been playing summer ball for the Harwich Mariners in the Cape Cod League. Agnos has made one appearance for the Mariners this summer, pitching six shutout innings, allowing just three hits and two walks while striking out 10 batters.
Agnos finished up his sophomore season for ECU where he appeared in 22 games and started in 14. Agnos posted a 4-4 record and gave up 32 runs (29 allowed) in 63.2 innings for a 4.10 ERA. Agnos struck out a team-high 86 batters while walking 38. Agnos got the start in the American Athletic Conference Championship game for the Pirates, pitching four scoreless innings and striking out nine batters, an AAC Championship record, in the Pirates 4-3 win over the University of Connecticut.
The national team will be training at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina. The collegiate national team (CNT) will compete against teams in the Coastal Plain League on June 26-27, and will host the 18th USA vs. Chinese Taipei International Friendship Series from June 28 to July 2. All seven of those games will be streamed live on USABaseball.com and on Facebook live.
The CNT will have a quick turnaround when it hosts the 42nd USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Star Series from July 3 to July 9 and then travels to Cuba for the 7th Annual USA vs. Cuba International Friendship Series from July 13 to July 18.