By Claudia Faust
BOCA RATON, Fla. - With just a few weeks left in the 2017 baseball season, Florida Atlantic University junior shortstop Tyler Frank learned that Team USA was interested in inviting him to try out for the Collegiate National Team.
Tryouts for the team took place in Cary, North Carolina from June 20-25. Regarding the tryouts process and coaching, Frank said, "They were always watching everything you did, they always told us that."
Coaches were evidently impressed with his performance during tryouts as Frank would go on to become the first Owl to ever make the final 24-man roster for Team USA. He would also be the only player to represent Conference USA on the team.
Frank was honored to represent FAU and Team USA.
"I feel like my biggest accomplishment was putting our team on the map as FAU, and putting Conference USA on the map," he said.
Frank takes pride in being a true utility baseball player. He played almost every infield position aside from first base and every outfield position with the exception of centerfield. It was a new challenge for Frank to play outfield but he was happy to take on the task.
Frank enjoyed the opportunity to play against several different countries and acknowledged that different countries have different styles of play, saying, "It was kind of cool, you know? You pick up on different people's games and kind of add it to your game."
On July 12, Frank hit a walkoff single against Japan and that would become the most memorable moment of his experience playing for Team USA.
Frank is looking forward to what could likely be his final season at Florida Atlantic University. He feels certain that his experience playing for the Collegiate National Team will help him take on a leadership role for the Owls in the 2018 season.