Cal's Tyson Ross Invited to USA National Team Tryout

June 16, 2006

DURHAM, N.C. - University of California freshman right-hander Tyson Ross has accepted an invitation to compete at the 2006 USA Baseball National Team Trials, held June 24-July 1 in conjunction with the New England Collegiate Baseball League. The trials will be held at the Dan Duquette Sports Academy in Hinsdale Mass., Wahconah Park in Pittsfield, Mass., Alumni Field in Keene, N.H., Fuessenich Park in Torrington, Conn., Salve Regina University in Newport, R.I. and Cardines Field in Newport, R.I.

Ross, who is one of 35 athletes invited to the trials, was a member of the 2004 USA Baseball Junior National Team and an integral part of the 2005 Junior National Team that competed this past September at the COPABE 'AAA' Pan American Junior Championships in Villahermosa, Mexico. In a Sept. 4 pool play game against Cuba, he allowed only two hits with no runs in 5.0 innings. Team USA later fell to Cuba, 2-1, in the Pan American Gold Medal game Sept. 11.

'Playing for USA Baseball is a very unique experience and I look forward to being on the field with some of the best college players in the nation,' said Ross. 'After being so close last year with the Junior National Team, I would really like the opportunity to play Cuba on their home soil and bring home a Gold Medal from the World Championships.'

Team USA will participate in the 35th annual USA vs. Japan Collegiate Championship Series and in the International Friendship series versus Chinese Taipei, Germany and Korea, before ending the summer at the III FISU World University Championship in Havana, Cuba, Aug. 6-14.

This spring as a true freshman for the Golden Bears, Ross earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 accolades after finishing 6-4 with a 3.19 ERA (seventh in the Pac-10). He also had 85 strikeouts (10th in the Pac-10) in 84.7 innings, with victories at Stanford and Pacific in his last couple of outings. He also picked up wins versus Long Beach State, UC Santa Barbara, Georgetown and Washington. Ross paced Cal with 15 starts, had a complete-game victory over Washington, and had a career-high nine strikeouts in 6.0 innings versus then-No. 17-ranked Long Beach State.

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