Ross and Gorgen Named Rivals.com Preseason All-Americans

Feb. 11, 2008

BRENTWOOD, TENN. - The University of California baseball program continues to garner preseason All-America honors as junior right-handers Tyson Ross and Matt Gorgen were selected as 2008 Rivals.com preseason All-Americans, it was announced Monday by the national baseball website. Both Ross, the Golden Bears' top starter, and Gorgen, Cal's top reliever, were tabbed as second-team preseason All-Americans by Rivals. Ross is now a preseason All-American in Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball and Rivals.com, while Gorgen is a preseason All-American in Collegiate Baseball and Rivals.com. The Bears' junior first baseman, David Cooper, is a Baseball America preseason All-American.

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.

Last season, Gorgen was one of 40 players on the NCBWA Stopper of the Year Midseason Watch List and was honorable mention All-Pac-10, 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).

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 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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