Kirby Accepts Invitation from USA Baseball

Nathan Kirby's breakout sophomore year with the Virginia baseball team has resulted in a spot on the 2014 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team.

UVa announced Tuesday that Kirby -- a left-handed pitcher who has served as the Cavaliers' Friday starter for most of the season -- had accepted an invitation from USA Baseball. Kirby becomes the eighth UVa player to play for the Collegiate National Team.

“It’s an honor and kind of surreal to have the opportunity to wear my country’s colors,” Kirby said in the school's release. “I’m excited for the chance to represent the USA as well as the University of Virginia. I've never been overseas before, so this will be a great opportunity for me both from a baseball standpoint as well as culturally.”

Kirby is 8-1 this season for UVa, and leads the ACC with a 1.62 ERA. He threw an 18-strikeout no-hitter at Pittsburgh on April 4, just the fifth no-hitter in the last 50 years for the UVa program.

Kirby's summer with Team USA will include games against Chinese Taipei and Japan on American soil, plus trips to Cuba and the Netherlands.

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