Tyson Ross Begins Summer Season with USA National Team

June 28, 2007

CARY, N.C. - University of California sophomore right-hander Tyson Ross is one of 22 players who has been selected to compete internationally for the 2007 USA Baseball National Team this summer, it was announced Monday by USA Baseball. Team USA, comprised of the best college freshmen and sophomores, opened its season against competition from the New England Collegiate Baseball League, going 5-1 in preparation for four international series and two international events later this summer. Team USA will compete in the Pan Am Games, July 14-19, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and the World Port Tournament, Aug. 3-12, in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Ross was a member of USA Baseball's Junior National Team in 2004 and 2005.

In a game against the Keene Swamp Bats on June 21 in Keene, New Hampshire, Ross pitched 4.0 innings in relief, giving up two hits with no runs, no walks and five strikeouts in a 5-0 shutout.

Ross was a first-team All-Pac-10 selection this spring and was recently selected a Rawlings Gold Glove winner for collegiate pitchers. The Golden Bears' No. 1 starter, Ross was 6-6 on the year, but was second in the Pac-10 with a 2.49 ERA and third in the league with 120 strikeouts in 115.2 innings. His 120 strikeouts were second on the Cal all-time single-season strikeout list and he threw at least 6.0 innings in 15 of his 17 starts this season, and 7.0 innings or more 11 times, including a complete game at Stanford Mar. 2. Defensively, Ross did not make an error in 40 chances with 17 putouts and 23 assists. He also picked off two baserunners.

On May 1 of this year, Ross was named a semifinalist for the Golden Spike Award as the nation's top collegiate baseball player, and on Mar. 25 he was picked as the 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 against Oral Roberts. For his career, Ross now has 205 strikeouts (ninth on Cal's career list) in 200.1 innings with a 2.79 ERA. The Bears wrapped-up the 2007 season 29-26 overall and placed fourth in the Pac-10 with a 12-12 mark.

2007 USA National Team5 Flaherty, Ryan Vanderbilt UT L/R 6-3 200 So. Portland, ME6 Kieschnick, Roger Texas Tech OF L/R 6-3 200 So. Rockwall, TX7 Satterwhite, Cody Ole Miss RHP R/R 6-4 205 So. Jackson, MS8 Espinosa, Danny, LBSU IF S/R 6-0 185 So. Santa Ana, CA9 Mercer, Jordy Oklahoma St. RHP/IF R/R 6-3 192 So. Taloga, OK11 Forsythe, Logan Arkansas IF/OF R/R 6-0 195 So. Memphis, TN12 Kelly, Joe UC Riverside RHP R/R 6-1 165 Fr. Corona, CA14 Hunter, Brett Pepperdine RHP R/R 6-2 190 So. Moorpark, CA15 Danks, Jordan Texas OF L/R 6-5 205 So. Round Rock, TX17 Matusz, Brian San Diego LHP L/L 6-4 180 So. Cave Creek, AZ18 Medica, Tommy Santa Clara C R/R 6-1 190 Fr. San Jose, CA24 Thompson, Jacob Virginia RHP R/R 6-6 190 So. Danville, VA25 Alvarez, Pedro Vanderbilt IF L/R 6-2 212 So. New York, NY28 Berry, Ryan Rice RHP R/R 6-1 195 Fr. Humble, TX29 Hamilton, Jeremy Wright St. IF L/L 6-0 180 So. Cincinnati, OH34 Wallace, Brett Arizona State IF L/R 6-1 245 So. Sonoma, CA35 Paramore, Petey Arizona State C S/R 6-2 195 So. Allen, TX37 Romanski, Josh San Diego LHP/OF L/L 6-0 180 So. Corona, CA38 Minor, Mike Vanderbilt LHP L/L 6-3 175 Fr. Chapel Hill, TN40 Lynn, Lance Ole Miss RHP R/R 6-5 260 So. Brownsburg, IN44 Ross, Tyson California RHP R/R 6-5 215 So. Oakland, CA46 Smoak, Justin South Carolina IF S/L 6-3 200 So. Goose Creek, SC

COACHES26 Mike Weathers Field Manager Long Beach State27 Bill Kinneberg Assistant/Pitching Utah 3 Marc Scalf Assistant/3rd Base UNC-Wilmington36 Rob Cooper Assistant/1st Base Wright State

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