Swanson and Talbott Selected in Professional Draft

June 7, 2005

BERKELEY, CA - The University of California baseball program had two players - senior right-hander Matt Swanson and senior left-hander Travis Talbott - selected during the first day of the 2005 Major League Amateur Draft. Swanson was drafted in the 13th round by the Pittsburgh Pirates, while Talbott was selected in the 14th round by the Florida Marlins.

Finishing his college career in fine fashion this season, Swanson was honorable mention All-Pac-10 after going 6-3 with a 1.66 ERA and two saves in 30 appearances (5th in Pac-10). He also had 37 strikeouts and only nine earned runs in 48.7 innings, earning two wins in relief against Stanford. For his career, Swanson owns an 11-5 mark with three saves in 71 appearances and a 2.99 career ERA.

Left-hander reliever Talbott, a first team All-Pac-10 selection, was spectacular in 2005, finishing 6-1 with a 1.18 ERA and is fourth in the Pac-10 with nine saves in 30 appearances (5th in Pac-10). Opponents only batted .185 against him and he recorded 36 strikeouts with only six earned runs in 45.7 innings. Talbott was recently named the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week after picking up a win and a save at No. 7 Arizona May 27-29. His nine saves places him second on the Cal all-time single-season save list, and his 84 career appearances is ninth on the Bears' all-time list.

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