Team Canada announces roster and schedule for 4th World University Games

World University GamesOTTAWA – Terry McKaig, Team Leader and Head Coach of Team Canada’s (CIS) World University Baseball Games team is pleased to announce the 22 student-athletes that will be participating in the 4th World University Baseball Games Tournament. The Canadian team is made up of student-athletes who participated in the CIS (OUA), NAIA and NCAA.

“I feel very confident that we will make a run for the medal podium with the group of talented student-athletes that we were able to assemble in such a short time,” said McKaig. While the breakdown of student-athletes is mostly based in the USA, six members of the University of British Columbia’s squad, who play in the NAIA, and two student-athletes from the OUA (Ontario) one from the University of Guelph and the University of Waterloo will represent Canadian based schools.

The 22-man squad is made up of student-athletes who played university baseball, in either 2006-07 or 2007-08. The World University Governing Body (FISU) www.fisu.net does not penalize graduated student-athletes, in odd years from participating, as long as they remain amateur athletes.

Team Canada’s Roster:

By Leagues:

NCAA: 12
NAIA: 6
OUA: 2
JUCO: 2 (Junior College)

By Provinces:

British Columbia: 9
Ontario: 6
Alberta: 6
California: 1 (One resident of the USA)

TEAM CANADA
WORLD UNIVERSITY BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Last Name – First Name – Position – School – Hometown

Catchers
18 Vickers Jeff C SR Lamar Nanaimo, BC
15 Vickers Grant C JR Mesa State Nanaimo, BC

First Baseman/Third Baseman
7 Glinka Mike INF JR Waterloo Mannheim, ON
23 MacDonald Marshall 1B/C JR Dayton Red Deer, AB
21 Pilgrim Ryan 1B JR UBC Pitt Meadows, BC
24 Webster Scott 1B/RHP SO UBC Coquitlam, BC

Middle Infielders
4 Prevett Kyle INF FR Grayson Comm. Langley, BC
3 Starr Sammie INF SO UBC Toronto, ON
2 White Alex INF SO UBC Richmond, BC

Outfielders
12 Cattoni Eric OF SR Saint Mary’s (Graduated) Lethbridge, AB
6 Fuglerud Ken OF SR Saint Mary’s Lethbridge, AB
9 Kveder Grant OF/C JR Gonzaga Lethbridge, AB
17 Syrnyk Jon OF JR UBC Langley, BC

Pitchers
20 Dabrowiecki Kris RHP SR Northeastern Toronto, ON
10 Garcia Hiarali RHP SR Kansas Windsor, ON
16 Hardy Mark LHP SO UBC Campbell River, BC
19 Kaye Brandon RHP FR Douglas Langley, BC
5 McDonald Sheldon LHP SO Northeastern Spruce Grove, AB
13 Northcutt Dustin RHP SO Indian Hills Rocky Mountain House, AB
14 Reynolds Adam RHP SO Guelph Guelph, ON
22 Simon Thain RHP FR Santa Clara El Dorado Hills, CA
11 Wilson Mat RHP SR Bucknell Toronto, ON

Coaching Staff
27 McKaig Terry Head Coach UBC Delta, BC
8 Whitely Cav Assistant Coach UBC Vancouver, BC
44 Corness Shawn Assistant Coach UBC Chilliwack, BC
25 Ballantyne Scott Assistant Coach Laurier Waterloo, ON

Support Staff
Kent David Communications Carleton Ottawa, ON

The Host Committee has announced the 2008 World University Baseball Championship schedule for the upcoming tournament July 17 to 27, 2008. Their will be 8 countries competing for the 4th World University Games Title, Canada, United States, India, Korea, Japan, Chinese Taipei, Lithuania and the host Czech Republic. The tournament format is a 7-game round robin followed by playoffs culminating with the 4th World University Games Gold Medal Game on Sunday, July 27th, 2008, at 18:00 hours, in Brno.

Canada is competing in its third World University Games Baseball Championships having participated in 2002 in Sicily, Italy, 2004 in Tainan, Chinese Taipei but not fielding a team in 2006 in Havana, Cuba. Canada’s best finish, at the World University Baseball Championships, is 5th Place in 2002; with their only round robin victory coming in Tainan (2004), an 11 inning thriller over Mexico, 6-5.

Canada will be based in Brno, Czech Republic www.discoverczech.com/brno where they will play 4 of their 7 round robin games, including a televised game against the host Czech Republic on July 23rd. Team Canada will also play one game in Blansko www.discoverczech.com/blansko and the two games in Olomouc www.discoverczech.com/olomouc. The other main city for the 4th World University Baseball Games is Ostrava, Czech Republic www.discoverczech.com/ostrava which will be the home base for the host Czech Republic squad.

Team Canada’s 2008 World University Baseball Schedule

July 17 Opening Ceremonies – Ostrava, CR Ostrava Arrows Stadium 19:00 Hours*
July 18 Canada v Chinese Taipei – Brno, CR 18:00 Hours*
July 19 Canada v India – Brno, CR 13:00 Hours*
July 20 Canada v Japan – Brno, CR 18:00 Hours*
July 21 Canada v Lithuania -Olomouc, CR 16:30 Hours*
July 22 Canada v USA – Blansko, CR 17:00 Hours *
July 23 Canada v Czech Republic – Brno, CR 20:00 Hours* (TV Game)
July 24 Canada v Korea – Olomouc, CR 16:30 Hours*

*Czech Republic is 6 Hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time. All times shown are Czech Republic time; for example, opening ceremonies 19:00 Hours is 1:00PM EST in Ottawa, Canada.

For a full 2008 World University Baseball Championship tournament schedule go to http://wubc.baseball.cz/download/2008/Schedule_WUBC2008.pdf

For further information on the 4th World University Games tournament go to wubc.baseball.cz

For further information on Team Canada go to the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) web site at www.universitysport.ca