Tyson Ross Helps Team USA to Silver Medal at Pan American Games
July 23, 2007
RIO DE JANIERO, BRAZIL - California sophomore right-hander Tyson Ross helped the United States to a silver medal at the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janiero, Brazil, picking up the win in the tournament opener with a 5-1 victory over the Dominican Republic on July 15, and then pitching 2.0 innings in relief against Cuba in the gold medal game on July 20.
In the victory over the Dominican Republic, Ross threw 6.2 innings, yielding four hits with one run, two walks and seven strikeouts. Against Cuba, who won its 12th PanAm gold with its 3-1 win over Team USA, the Cal standout threw the fifth and sixth innings with two hits, no runs, no walks and three strikeouts. It was the United States' ninth silver medal in PanAm baseball competition. In five appearances this summer for the USA National Team, Ross is 2-0 with a 1.19 ERA, striking out 23 batters with only five walks in 22.2 innings.
Team USA will now continue its five-game series with China, next playing Tuesday, July 24 at Hank Aaron Stadium in Mobile, Ala.
Ross was a first-team All-Pac-10 selection this past spring, finishing with a 6-6 mark and was second in the league with a 2.49 ERA and third in the conference 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.
Ross was also 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.