In a matter of days, North Carolina baseball players Trent Thornton and Skye Bolt went from eliminating N.C. State in the College World Series to joining forces with two of the Wolfpack’s top players.
Thornton and Bolt played with the USA Collegiate National Team starting at the end of June and shared a team with N.C. State ace Carlos Rodon — who pitched twice against UNC in Omaha, Neb. — and shortstop leadoff hitter Trea Turner.
“Set aside the fact that they go to N.C. State, they’re two great guys,” Thornton joked, adding that he and Bolt drew the loudest applause from fans as the team played in stadiums around North Carolina.
Rivalry or not, Bolt, Thornton, Rodon and Turner combined with the rest of the nation’s top collegiate talent to go 20-3 on the summer, ending their run with a five-game sweep of a historically tough Team Cuba.
“Having USA across your chest is one of the coolest things, one of the best feelings I ever had,” said Thornton, who pitched a total of 5.2 scoreless innings for Team USA. “That group of guys was probably the most talented group of guys I’ve played with.”