Stockton, Calif. - Former Pacific infielder Mike Walker has been named to Australia's squad for the 2013 World Baseball Classic.
"It's a great opportunity for me, and I'm very excited to represent Australia on an international stage," Walker said.
Walker's squad will travel to Taichung, Taiwan, for pool play at the Intercontinental Baseball Stadium in the third WBC tournament. Team Australia opens the World Baseball Classic with pool play on March 2. The Aussies are pooled with Taipei (March 2), South Korea (March 4) and Netherlands (March 5) in Pool B.
Australia is ranked 10th in the world by the IBAF, and has qualified for all three World Baseball Classic tournaments. In 2009, Team Australia upset Mexico in the first round, with a stunning 17-7 win.
Walker is one of seven infielders on the Australian roster. Walker has dual citizenship, as his mother Anne was born and raised in Wagga Wagga, New South Whales, where Walker lived between the ages of one and three.
Drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers after his senior season in 2010, Walker has spent the last three seasons in the Brewers' farm system.
He ranks fourth on Pacific's career home run list with 21 and 15th all-time at Pacific with a .325 batting average. Walker also is seventh all-time at Pacific in runs scored (115) and RBI (112), 12th in doubles (34) and 14th in hits (184).