Tyson Ross Named One of Baseball America's Top 30 College Prospects

Oct. 30, 2007

DURHAM, N.C. - California junior right-hander Tyson Ross has been named the nation's 11th top college prospect for the 2008 professional baseball draft, it was announced today by Baseball America. The rankings are compiled by Baseball America through discussions with scouts, and the rankings are based on a players' overall future potential without regard to signability or where he will be drafted in 2008.

Ross is coming off an outstanding summer with the USA National Team. In eight appearances for Team USA, the 6-5, 215-pounder finished 4-1 and had a 0.82 ERA, striking out 39 batters with only seven walks in 43.2 innings. Opponents batted only .194 against him. Ross picked up two victories against The Netherlands, a 5-1 victory over the Dominican Republic July 15 at 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 his first game against The Netherlands can be viewed on www.CalBears.com.

Ross was a first-team All-Pac-10 selection last 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, and 7.0 innings or more 11 times, including a complete game at Stanford.

Ross was also named a semifinalist for the Golden Spike Award as the nation's top collegiate baseball player, and on Mar. 25, 2007 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 open their 2008 season with three home games at Evans Diamond during the Feb. 22-24 weekend. On Feb. 22, Cal plays Kansas State at 1:30 p.m.; on Saturday, Feb. 23 the Bears will play a doubleheader against Utah Valley State beginning at 11 a.m.; and on Sunday, Feb. 24, Cal will play Kansas State at 1 p.m. in a single game.

Seven of the Bears' opponents this upcoming 2008 season were 2007 NCAA Regional participants, including two-time defending national champion Oregon State, who will visit Evans Diamond Apr. 4-6, 2008. Cal also travels to San Diego, Feb. 28-Mar. 2 to compete at the University of San Diego Tournament, and to Minneapolis, Minn. Mar. 7-9 to compete in the University of Minnesota Tournament.

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