WICHITA, Kan. — The USA National Team, represented by the University of Iowa baseball team, is coming to Wichita and will compete in Championship Week of the 83rd NBC World Series, July 29–August 6. The Hawkeyes were selected by USA Baseball to represent the United States at the World University Games in Tapei, Taiwan, in August.
The Hawkeyes won 39 games during the 2017 season, claimed their first Big Ten Tournament title, and qualified for a second NCAA Regional in three seasons under Iowa head coach Rick Heller. The team hit 71 home runs and posted a .284 team batting average.
“When we were approached by USA Baseball,” says NBC World Series General Manager/Tournament Director Kevin Jenks “The opportunity of having the USA National Team/Iowa Hawkeyes play in the premier summer showcase for college-age amateur players, we knew it was a no-brainer. We’re thrilled to have coach Heller bring the Hawkeyes to Wichita to compete against the best.”
This is the fifth time a US National Team has played in the NBC World Series. Team USA played in 1995 and 1999. The NJCAA National Team played in 2014 and 2016.
“This will be an excellent opportunity for our team to compete before we head to Taiwan for the World University Games,” said Heller. “We’re grateful that the NBC has awarded us this opportunity.”
The USA National Team will begin pool play at the 83rd NBC World Series on Sunday, July 30 and continue with games on Tuesday, August 1, and Thursday, August 3. Should the USA National Team qualify out of pool play, it could potentially play on August 4-5 and eventually in the National Championship on August 6.
The 83rd NBC World Series will be played July 22–August 6, with all games being played at Historical Lawrence-Dumont Stadium. To order individual game tickets go to www.selectaseat.com or call 316-977-9400.
About NBC: The NBC World Series is the largest and the oldest continuous sporting event in the United States. This non-profit 501c(3) foundation operates under the supervision of a 16-member volunteer board of directors. To learn more visit www.nbcbaseball.com.
Contact: Tim Slack
Phone: (316) 977-9400