Baseball Trio Competing with National Teams This Summer
NORMAN — Three University of Oklahoma baseball players will have a chance to compete on the international stage this summer, as Cade Cavalli, Ben Abram and Jordan Vujovich are set to take part in national team competition for three different countries.
Cavalli has been invited to the 2019 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team training camp, while Abram will compete with the Canadian National Team and Vujovich with the Serbian National Team in various international competitions.
Cavalli is competing for a spot on the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team, which will face Cuba, Chinese Taipei and Japan in separate international series during July. The roster will be pared to 26 for the USA vs. Cuba International Friendship Series July 2-6 in Cary, Charlotte and Durham, N.C. The team will then travel to Taiwan for the 19th USA vs. Chinese Taipei International Friendship Series after which USA Baseball will announce a final 24-man roster to compete in the 43rd USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Star Series July 16-21 in Japan.
A rising junior from Bixby, Okla., Cavalli went 5-3 with a 3.28 ERA and batted .319 with 11 extra base hits during his sophomore campaign with the Sooners. He struck out 59 batters and allowed a team-low 23 runs in 60.1 innings across 12 starts as OU’s primary Friday night starter. At the plate, he drove 17 RBIs and scored 16 runs while knocking four home runs, five doubles and two triples in 72 at bats.
Abram, a native of Georgetown, Ontario, will compete with the Canadian National Team this summer. He previously played with the Canadian Junior National Team for two years, including in the Americas COPABE U-18 World Cup Qualifier in November. He is slated to compete with Team Canada at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru.
The OU sophomore-to-be was a Freshman All-American and a member of the Big 12 All-Freshman Team after going 6-4 with a 4.24 ERA in 63.2 innings across 15 appearances this spring. He started 13 games and allowed just 16 walks while striking out 52 batters. He pitched at least 5.0 innings in seven starts and allowed two or fewer runs in eight starts.
Vujovich will play with the Serbian National Team this summer as it competes to qualify for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. The national team, which is made up of players from both the United States and Serbia, is training in Belgrade, Serbia for the six-team qualifying tournament set to take place July 1-7 in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria. Serbia will face off against Bulgaria, Greece, Ireland, Israel and Russia to claim one of the remaining spots in the 2020 Olympic Games.
A rising junior, Vujovich proved to be a valuable leadoff hitter and versatile outfielder in his first season with the Sooners. The Sacramento, Calif., native led the Sooners with a .444 on-base percentage and 39 walks, reaching base in 36 of the 44 games in which he played and putting together a 21-game reached base streak from Feb. 20 through March 29. He batted .246 with seven doubles, 23 runs scored and three stolen bases.