Cooper and Ross Named on Rivals.com's Power Rankings
Nov. 26, 2007
BERKELEY, Calif. - California junior first baseman David Cooper has been named the nation's fifth best collegiate first baseman, while junior right-hander Tyson Ross has been named the sixth best collegiate pitcher; it was recently released on Rivals.com. To view the Rivals.com power rankings throughout the 2008 season go to collegebaseball.rivals.com, click on power rankings section and choose the position.
Cal's top newcomer in 2007, Cooper was a transfer from Cal State Fullerton where he was a member of the 2006 College World Series All-Tournament team. An All-Pac-10 selection in 2007, Cooper batted a team-leading .382 with a team-best 14 doubles, 12 home runs and 55 RBI. He also paced the Bears with a .627 slugging percentage, 30 walks and had a .450 on-base percentage. Cooper's highlights included two, two-run homers versus Kent State Mar. 9, and two solo home runs at UC Santa Barbara Feb. 26. He was named the Feb. 26 Pac-10 Player of the Week after going 10-for-27 (.476) with two doubles, three home runs and eight RBI at San Jose State, Long Beach State and UC Santa Barbara.
In 2006, Cooper had flirted with a College World Series record when he had seven consecutive hits in Omaha, tying Terry Francona (1980) and one short of Dave Magadan (1983) and Barry Bonds (1984). He led all players at the World Series with a .533 average (8-for-15) and five RBI.
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.
The Bears open their 2008 season with four 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