USJ Baseball Player Makes History

USJ baseball player Ryan Rolison did something no other USJ student, past or present, can say. Rolison represented the United States on the 18-and-under USA Baseball team in Japan. The left-handed pitcher spent the summer training and competing across the country before he was chosen as one of 20 players on the team and headed to Osaka, Japan to compete in the WBSC World Cup.

Rolison played in three exhibition games before competing in the tournament from August 27-September 6 in front of crowds ranging in size from 25,000 to 40,000. Opponents for the USA team were Australia, Brazil, Japan, Mexico, and the Czech Republic. Team USA brought home the gold for the third consecutive year, winning over host Japan with a 2-1 victory. The team went 8-1 in the tournament, losing only their first game to Japan 3-0.

Each baseball player on the team has committed to play at a Division 1 school, including Rolison, who is an Ole Miss commit. He has one more season to play with the Bruins before heading off to college next fall.