Tyson Ross Shuts Out The Netherlands, 14-0
July 30, 2007
DURHAM, N.C. - California sophomore right-hander Tyson Ross continues to shine on the world stage this summer, putting together a dominating performance in a 14-0 Team USA shutout victory over The Netherlands last Saturday (July 28) at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, N.C.
Ross, 3-0 in three starts for the United States National team, took a no-hitter into the sixth inning and ended up striking out eight batters in 7.0 innings with two hits and no walks. He was perfect through the first 14 batters, before an error was a Team USA infielder allowed the first Dutch base runner to reach base in the fifth inning. Ross finished off the fifth by striking out the side. His no-hit bid was broken up an inning later with a one-out base hit by The Netherlands' Danny Rombley.
It was the first appearance for Ross since he pitched 2.0 innings of relief against Cuba in the Pan American gold medal game on June 20 in Rio de Janiero, Brazil. In six appearances for the USA National Team, Ross has a 0.91 ERA, striking out 33 batters with only five walks in 29.2 innings. Opponents are batting .162 against him.
Team USA will next compete against Russia today (July 30) before traveling to Rotterdam, The Netherlands for the World Port Tournament, Aug. 2-12, competing against Japan, The Netherlands, Chinese Taipei and Cuba. Complete schedule, results and videos of selected games can be viewed on USAbaseball.com.
Ross was a first-team All-Pac-10 selection this past spring for the Golden Bears, 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.