Watch Video of Tyson Ross Pitching for Team USA Versus Japan
July 6, 2007
DURHAM, N.C. - Video of Cal's standout sophomore right-hander Tyson Ross pitching for the USA National Team in a fourth of July game against Japan is available on USABaseball.com website (click on schedule under Watch the USA National Team take on Japan). The Golden Bears' Ross (1-0) pitched seven strong innings, while Pedro Alvarez (Vanderbilt) had a solo home run and an RBI double to lead Team USA (10-2) to a 7-2 victory over Japan (1-3) in the first game of a five-game annual series on Wednesday.
The sellout crowd of 10,063 is believed to be the most for a Team USA game at the Durham Bulls Ballpark. It was the 36th meeting between the two teams, with Team USA winning all 19 meetings on American soil.
Alvarez finished his night 2-for-4 for his team-best sixth multi-hit game, while Brett Wallace (Arizona State) added a 3-for-5 day with three RBIs. Ross pitched the first seven innings, striking out six and walking one, while giving up a single run on six hits. Brett Hunter (Pepperdine) pitched a perfect eighth and a scoreless inning. The duo retired nine in a row heading into the ninth. Hunter picked up the save for his efforts, coming in with a 5-2 lead.
Ross was a first-team All-Pac-10 selection this past spring and was recently selected a Rawlings Gold Glove winner for collegiate pitchers. 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 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.