Former Red Raider begins USA Baseball career

LUBBOCK, TX - Former Red Raider and current Durham Bull Jon Weber recently began his USA baseball career after being selected as a member of the 2009 USA Baseball World Cup Team in late August as announced by USA Baseball officials.

Weber helped lead Team USA past Canada in the final exhibition game on Sept. 6 after smashing a two-run home run over the right-field fence in the eighth inning to seal the win.

The outfielder joins the team following an all-star season with the Durham Bulls where he was selected to the International League post-season all-star team. He leads the league with 60 extra-base hits and 46 doubles for the season. Currently, Weber has recorded 14 home runs and 69 RBI for the season before taking temporary leave in order to participate in the International Baseball Federation (IBAF) World Cup.

During his one season with the Red Raiders in 1999, Weber led the conference in triples with eight. He became only the fourth player in Tech history, at the time, to hit for the cycle as he also led the team in home runs for the season with 13. Following the 1999 season, he was taken by the Cincinnati Reds as a free agent. Weberplayed one season for Los Angeles Harbor College before transferring to Texas Tech.

Weber becomes only the sixth player in Tech history to earn a spot on the national team joining Josh Bard (1997, 1998), Monty Ward (1997), Shane Wright (1998), Roger Kieschnick (2006, 2007), and Chad Bettis (2009).

Team USA will compete in the 2009 IBAF World Cup from Sept. 9-27 in Europe.

Twenty countries will begin IBAF World Cup competition in five groups of four teams, with the top two from each group advancing to the second round (the top-four third-place teams also advance). Once there, they will be joined by Italy and the Netherlands - the two hosts of Round 2 - to form a 16-team quarterfinal. The top-eight teams from the quarterfinals advance to the third round, which will be held exclusively in Italy, where they will be split into two pools and advance to the finals based on best pool-play record. The U.S. will kick off World Cup play in Regensburg, Germany in Pool E and will be joined by China, Germany and Venezuela. In addition to Regensburg, the World Cup will also feature first round pool play in Barcelona; Prague; Sundbyburg, Sweden; and Zagreb, Croatia.

USA Baseball will face Venezuela in first-round action on Thursday in Resenberg, Germany. First pitch is set for 1 p.m. (ET).

Source: TTU