Iowa baseball to represent USA at 2017 World University Games

The Iowa baseball program will have a special opportunity to represent the United States of America next summer.

On Monday, it was announced that the Hawkeyes baseball team will represent Team USA in the 2017 World University Games in Taipei, Taiwan from Aug. 19-30.

“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for our student-athletes, staff, and the University of Iowa to be able to represent our country at the World University Games,” said Iowa head coach Rick Heller in a statement from the university. “This experience will be tremendous from both a competitive and educational standpoint, and we’re thrilled to be able to play against some of the best competition in the world, while wearing the red, white, and blue.”

Iowa was chosen by the United States International University Sports Federation (US-IUSF).

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For Iowa’s participation, only U.S. citizens can compete and incoming freshmen and transfers qualify. The UI travel party, consisting of 22 competitors and 10 staff (32 total), will spend more than two weeks in Chinese Taipei and live in the athlete village throughout the Games.  The opening ceremony takes place Aug. 19. A live stream of the event will be available.

The Hawkeyes become the second program to represent the USA in baseball, joining the Cal State Fullerton Titans in 2015. The Titans fell in the bronze medal game to Korea, so Iowa will be looking to improve on that performance by reaching the podium.

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