Smith and Balentina Named to Netherland WBC Team
ORONO, Maine -- Former University of Maine baseball players Curt Smith (Willemstad, Curacao) and Jonathan Balentina (Willemstad, Curacao) have both been named to the 2013 World Baseball Classic Roster for the Netherlands.
The third edition of the World Baseball Classic will feature 16 countries in seven venues from March 2-19, 2013. Pool play for the Netherlands will be March 6-10. The team opens with Korea on March 2.
Smith, a 2005 freshman All-American, was named the America East Player of the Year in 2008. He was named to the NCAA All-Regional team in both 2005 and 2006. His 300 hits rank second all-time in Maine history. He ranks third on Maine's all-time doubles list with 60 and tied for third all-time in RBI with 178.
Balentina played for the Black Bears from 2008-2012. Balentina, an outstanding student at Maine, finished his career with a 9-3 mark with 120.1 innings pitched.