Tyson Ross Named Semifinalist for USA Baseball's Golden Spike Award

May 1, 2007

DURHAM, N.C. - University of California sophomore right-hander Tyson Ross has been named one of 50 semifinalists for the 2007 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award, presented to the nation's premier amateur baseball player, it was announced today by USA Baseball.

Most recently, Ross defeated No. 6-ranked Arizona State, 4-2, last Friday, Apr. 27, throwing 8.0 innings with seven hits, two runs, two walks and nine strikeouts against a team that came into the series with over a .350 team batting average. He has thrown at least 6.0 innings in each of his 13 starts this season and has thrown 7.0 innings or more 11 times. On the year, Ross (5-5) has a 2.00 ERA with 97 strikeouts in 94.1 innings. Opponents are batting .217 against him. With at least three starts left in the regular season, Ross is already 10th on the Cal all-time single-season list with 97 strikeouts. He is second in the Pac-10 in strikeouts, third in ERA and fourth in innings pitched.

The Bears' No. 1 starter, the 6-5 Ross was earlier selected the Mar. 25 National Player of the Week by Collegiate Baseball after striking out 16 batters (three away from the school record of 19 set by Larry Colton in 1963) with only one walk in 7.0 innings Mar. 22 against Oral Roberts. Ross was also noted Mar. 12 by the College Baseball Foundation (honor roll) and InsidePitching.com (West Regional Performance of the Week) for his 8-0 shutout of Kent State at the Louisville Cardinal Classic Mar. 9, throwing 8.0 innings with three hits, no walks and 10 strikeouts.

Ross is on the watch list for the Wallace Award as the nation's top collegiate baseball player as well, and is projected to be the 2007 Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year by Baseball America. For his career, Ross now has 182 strikeouts in 179.0 innings with a 2.56 ERA.

A feature video on Tyson Ross can be seen on the right sidebar of the Cal baseball page on www.calbears.com. The name of the winner of the 2007 Golden Spike Award will be announced on June, 29, 2007, during the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award Show presented by Major League Baseball.

The Bears (23-21, 7-8) next travel to San Francisco for a single game, Tuesday, May 1 at 3 p.m., before visiting UCLA for a Pac-10 series, Friday-Sunday, May 4-6 at Jackie Robinson Stadium in Los Angeles.

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