Rutgers baseball’s Ryan Lasko received a huge opportunity this past week. The outfielder and New Jersey native received an invite to the 2022 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team training camp.
Ryan Lasko has received a coveted invitation to @USABaseball training camp! 🇺🇸 🇺🇸
Ryan will head down to North Carolina this month to compete for a spot on Team USA some of the best collegiate players in the country.
— Rutgers Baseball (@RutgersBaseball) June 15, 2022
Team USA training camp is reserved for the top college players who are not draft eligible. Close to 50 student athletes receive an invitation each year. Invitees will play a five-game intrasquad series from June 30 through July 4. At the culmination of training camp, USA Baseball will release the final 26-man Collegiate National Team roster to represent the United States during Haarlemse Honkbalweek (Haarlem Baseball Week) in the Netherlands from July 9 through July 15.
This past season, Lasko had one heck of a season. He led the Big Ten with 90 hits and 81 runs, while also tying for the Rutgers lead with 16 home runs, 12 of which came in Big Ten play – two shy of the all-time Big Ten record for HRs in Bit Ten play. The sophomore finished his season with a .349 batting average, a 1.074 OPS, and finished with an efficient 13-of-14 on stolen base attempts.
Scarlet Knights head coach Steve Owens said “This is an exciting opportunity for (Ryan) to be able to showcase his abilities and compete to earn a spot on the team.” Only two Rutgers players have gone on to play for the Team USA Collegiate National Team, with Bobby Brownlee (2001) and Todd Frazier (2006) each representing Team USA on behalf of Rutgers.
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