3.14 Pi Day

Baseball is a game filled numbers and statistics. It’s just a part of the culture. These stats can be useful for a variety of reasons including determining a player’s value, finding the best ways to utilize an athlete’s skill set, and much more. But every now and again, a statistic comes along that stands out, not necessarily because it breaks any records or passes any milestones, but because it applies to the world outside of baseball. This Pi Day, we thought it would be fun to share the players who, although rare, have managed to bat .314 for USA Baseball.

Bryson Brigman
Bryson Brigman recorded 16 hits in 51 at-bats with the 2015 Collegiate National Team, giving him a.314 batting average en route to helping Team USA to a 9-8 overall record that summer. Brigman’s .314 average was good for fourth on the team behind only Nick Banks (.386), Corey Ray (.355), and Buddy Reed (.326).

Brigman was drafted the following year after playing for the Collegiate National Team. Selected by the Seattle Mariners in the third round of the 2016 MLB Draft, Brigman is currently working his way through the Miami Marlins farm system.

Sarah Gascon
As a middle infielder for the 2010 Women’s National Team that captured bronze at the 2010 IBAF Women’s Baseball World Cup, Sarah Gascon went 11-for-35, posting a .314 batting average, two stolen bases, and a .375 on base percentage in 12 games played.

The majority of Gascon’s base hits came in her later games as she recorded a hit in six of the team’s final seven games, including one hit and two runs scored in the bronze medal game. Gascon also finished with a .314 slugging percentage on her way to helping Team USA finish with a 9-4 record.

Marco Gonzales
Marco Gonzales sported a .314 batting average from the left side after accumulating 11 hits in 35 at-bats as a member of the 2012 Collegiate National Team. Gonzales’ batting average was good for third on the team, trailing only future big-leaguers Carlos Rodon (1.000) and Trea Turner (.339).

Gonzales also pitched for that 2012 team, posting a 2.39 ERA in 26 innings pitched, helping Team USA to a 12-5 overall record including wins over The Netherlands, Cuba and Japan. Gonzales doesn’t get many opportunities to show his skills with the bat today as a starting pitcher for the Seattle Mariners, but there’s always the chance that he could put up a 3.14 ERA.

Scott Servais
Gonzales’ manager with the Seattle Mariners, Scott Servais, is another rare member of the .314 batting average club. As one of the players on the 1986 Collegiate National Team that finished with a 7-4 record, Servais went 11-for-35 with five RBIs and seven runs scored.

In 2016, Servais was named Manager of the Seattle Mariners and has managed them to a collective 253-233 record since. Will he manage the Mariners to a collective team batting average of .314 this season?

Billy Masse
Billy Massee recorded 43 hits in 137 at-bats, good for a .314 batting average, during his time with the 1988 Collegiate National Team that won gold at the Seoul 1988 Olympic Games.

Masse was a key contributor for that 1988 team, tallying six home runs, 34 runs scored, and 32 RBI in total to help Team USA to its first ever Olympic gold medal. Masse was drafted by the New York Yankees in the seventh round of the 1988 MLB draft and played professionally up until 1995.

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