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Monday, July 12, 2010
Baseball: Cole and Rodriguez make the cut

By Blair Angulo

UCLA's pitcher and catcher combination of Gerrit Cole and Steve Rodriguez is taking its show on the road this summer.

The two were named Sunday to the U.S. collegiate national team, which is composed of 22 players from throughout the country. Following a two-week tour in the U.S., the team will travel to Taiwan and Japan to face international competition.

Cole also made the cut last summer and pitched his way to being named the team's top prospect by Baseball America. Rodriguez, known for his defensive prowess and ability to handle a pitching staff, made tremendous strides at the plate in his sophomore season at UCLA. He finished with eight home runs and 37 RBIs.