While the 2014 University of Alabama softball team came up two victories short in the College World Series, two of the most productive members of the squad will try out for the U.S. national team this month.
Jaclyn “Jackie” Traina, one of the most prolific pitchers in Crimson Tide history who recently concluded her collegiate career, and outfielder Haylie McCleney, the soon to be junior, and Alabama’s best hitter in 2014, will try out for the coveted national team in Lynchburg, Virginia.
In respect to the selection process, after a series of fundamental sessions, as well as three exhibition games, the final roster will be announced on June 22. The roster will be comprised of 17 players who will compete in international competition. Sanctioned games will be held in the United States, Canada, Italy, and the Netherlands.
If Traina makes the final cut, this will be her second time competing for the U.S. team. In 2012, just one month after Alabama captured the College World Series championship, Traina joined the squad. Known as the “J-Train” during her illustrious career at Alabama, Traina won a total of 106 games while recording 970 strikeouts.
In respect to McCleney, the current Alabama standout was a member of the U.S. junior national squad following her freshman season in Tuscaloosa. During the 2014 season, McCleney batted .443 and hit 10 home runs for the Crimson Tide.
Posting a picture via Twitter, both McCleney and Traina seem quite thrilled with not only the opportunity to compete on such an international platform, but to continue playing the game of softball together. Alabama head coach Patrick Murphy also used the power of social media to wish both young women the best of luck prior to the initial tryouts.
Additional information and updates concerning the U.S. national team can be found at ASAUSASoftball via Twitter.
Alabama’s Jaclyn Traina to try out for Team USA
2014 USA SOFTBALL Women’s National Team Selection Camp Invitees