Cooper and Ross Selected Second-Team ABCA All-Region
July 6, 2007
BERKELEY, CALIF. - Two University of California sophomore standouts, David Cooper and Tyson Ross, have been selected second-team All-West Region by the American Baseball Coaches Association. Players on the All-Region teams were nominated and selected by the 34 West Regional Division I coaches.
Cal's top newcomer this past season, Cooper was a transfer from Cal State Fullerton where he was a member of the 2006 College World Series All-Tournament team. An All-Pac-10 selection in 2007, Cooper batted a team-leading .382 with a team-best 14 doubles, 12 home runs and 55 RBI. He also paced the Bears with a .627 slugging percentage, 30 walks and a had a .450 on-base percentage. Cooper's highlights included two, two-run homers versus Kent State Mar. 9, and two solo home runs at UC Santa Barbara Feb. 26. He was named the Feb. 26 Pac-10 Player of the Week after going 10-for-27 (.476) with two doubles, three home runs and eight RBI at San Jose State, Long Beach State and UC Santa Barbara.
In 2006, Cooper flirted with a College World Series record when he had seven consecutive hits in Omaha, tying Terry Francona (1980) and one short of Dave Magadan (1983) and Barry Bonds (1984). He led all players at the World Series with a .533 average (8-for-15) and five RBI. Cooper got a hit in his first at-bat as a Bear on Feb. 2 versus UC Irvine.
Ross, who is pitching this summer for the USA National Team, was also a first-team All-Pac-10 selection. The 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, and 7.0 innings or more 11 times, including a complete game at Stanford Mar. 2.
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.