Ross and Gorgen Selected Louisville Slugger Preseason All-Americans

Jan. 3, 2008

TUCSON, ARIZ. - The University of California baseball program has a pair of pitchers - junior right-handers Tyson Ross and Matt Gorgen - selected as 2008 Louisville Slugger preseason All-Americans by Collegiate Baseball newspaper, it was announced by the national baseball publication. Both Ross, the Golden Bears' top starter, and Gorgen, Cal's top reliever, were tabbed as third-team preseason All-Americans, while the Bears are ranked 39th in Collegiate Baseball's preseason Top 40 poll.

Ross is coming off an outstanding 2007 summer season 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 the baseball page on CalBears.com.

A first-team All-Pac-10 selection last spring for the Bears, Ross finished 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 on the 2007 Wallace Award watch list as a national player of the year as well.

Last season, Gorgen was one of 40 players on the NCBWA Stopper of the Year Midseason Watch List, having struck out 75 batters in 61.0 innings with a 2.51 ERA (third in the Pac-10). He also led the Pac-10 with 31 appearances, was sixth with nine saves (second on the Cal all-time single season list), and 38 of his 75 strikeouts were called looking (second in the Pac-10). In the Bears' sweep of USC last spring, Gorgen picked up a win and a save. In 60 career appearances, he now has 109 strikeouts in 100.2 innings, and is eighth on Cal's career save list (11 saves).

Both Ross and Gorgen were earlier were named to the 2008 Wallace Award Watch List (along with junior first baseman David Cooper) as potential national player of the year candidates.

The Bears (29-26 overall and 12-12 in the Pac-10 last season) 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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