Tennessee's Chris Burke, a first team All American, was one of 22 players

selected for the 2000 USA Baseball National Team. Burke hit .401 with 26

doubles, 55 RBI and 56 stolen bases for the 40-23 Volunteers this past

season. He is the only player from the Southeastern Conference selected for

the squad.

The team was selected from a pool of 35 players. USA Baseball has added two

players to the final roster that did not participate in the trials this

year. 1999 USA Baseball National Team member Xavier Nady (IF, Jr.,

California) will join this year's team, as will 1998 USA Baseball National

Team member Patrick Boyd (OF, Jr., Clemson).

Southern California's Mike Gillespie will serve as the head coach for the

USA National Team, which will play approximately 30 games on the US WEST

Red, White and Blue Summer Tour. Team USA has already played the Mexican

National Team and traveled to Hawaii this past weekend for the 29th annual

USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Star series.


The Southeastern Conference announced the 2000 outdoor track awards with

Tennessee's Stephen Harris being named SEC Co-Freshman of the Year.

Harris, a native of Norcross, Ga., earned All-America honors by finishing

fourth at the NCAA Championships in the decathlon with a UT freshman record

of 7,651 points that also ranks seventh in school history. At the SEC

Championships, he finished third in the decathlon with 7,313 points and

also ran the anchor leg of the 4x400 relay that placed fifth in the


Harris shared the award with Mississippi State's Pierre Browne. Auburn's

Gabor Mate was named Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year while Arkansas' John

McDonnell was named Coach of the Year.