Ross Shuts Out The Netherlands, 11-0, in World Port Tournament

Aug. 6, 2007

ROTTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - California sophomore right-hander Tyson Ross had another commanding performance against The Netherlands, this time shutting out the Dutch squad, 11-0, last Saturday (Aug. 4) in the second round of the World Port Tournament in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Ross blanked The Netherlands to help the United States National Team improve its record to 23-8. In front of a sellout crowd of 3,000 at Neptunus Stadium, the Cal standout threw 7.0 innings with eight hits, no walks and four strikeouts to improve his summer record to 4-0.

It was Ross' second dominating effort against The Netherlands as he paced Team USA to a 14-0 shutout victory over the Dutch on July 28 at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, N.C. In his first game against The Netherlands, Ross 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 has not allowed a run in 14 innings against the Dutch squad.

In seven appearances for the USA National Team, Ross has a 0.74 ERA, striking out 37 batters with only five walks in 36.2 innings. Opponents are batting .188 against him. He has picked up two victories against The Netherlands, a 5-1 victory over the Dominican Republic July 15 in the PanAm Games in Rio de Janiero, Brazil, and a 7-2 victory over Japan July 4 in Durham, N.C. Ross' pitching efforts against Japan and the first game against The Netherlands can be viewed on www.CalBears.com.

Team USA, which fell to Chinese Taipei, 10-5, on Sunday (Aug. 5) to drop to 23-9, will next compete against Cuba today in the World Port Tournament. Earlier, Cuba had defeated the United States, 3-1, in the gold medal game of the PanAm Games on July 20. In that gold medal game, Ross pitched the fifth and sixth innings in relief, allowing two hits, no runs, no walks and three strikeouts. Complete schedule, results and videos of selected Team USA 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.

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