David Cooper and Tyson Ross Named Pac-10 Player/Pitcher of the Week

April 1, 2008

WALNUT CREEK, CALIF. - California junior first baseman David Cooper has been named the Pacific-10 Conference Baseball Player of the Week and teammate junior right-handed pitcher Tyson Ross has been named Pitcher of the Week for Mar. 25 - 31, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Cooper, from Stockton, Calif., went 8-for-16 with two doubles, two home runs, and three RBI last week in the Bears' midweek game at Santa Clara and sweep of No. 5-ranked Long Beach State. He also had 16 total bases, a 1.000 slugging percentage and a .556 on-base percentage. After going 2-for-4 at Santa Clara, he went 6-for-12 against the 49ers with the two doubles and two home runs. Cooper hit two home runs, a double, and had a third ball caught over the fence in the Bears' 10-6 win over Long Beach State on Saturday. On Sunday in Cal's 4-3 win over the 49ers, he went 3-for-3 with a double. On the year Cooper is batting .398 with seven doubles, a team-high 11 home runs, 29 RBI, a .828 slugging percentage and a .496 on-base percentage. He also leads the Bears with 18 walks.

Ross, from Oakland, Calif., picked up his fourth win of the season by throwing a career-high 8.0 innings with five hits, no runs, two walks and six strikeouts in Cal's 6-1 win over No. 5-ranked Long Beach State. On the year, Ross is 4-0 with a 1.80 ERA and has 21 strikeouts in 25.0 innings. Opponents are batting .129 against him. Ross now has 226 career strikeouts, good for sixth on the Cal all-time career strikeout list.The Player of the Week honor is the second of Cooper's career, and the 43rd such honor for the Bears. The Pitcher of the Week honor is the second for Ross, and the 28th selection all-time for Cal.

Earlier this season, senior second baseman Josh Satin was named the Mar. 4 Pac-10 Player of the Week, and on Feb. 26 Ross was this year's first Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week.

The Bears (18-5-1), who are currently ranked No. 6 nationally in Rivals.com and No. 7 in Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball, have an extremely busy week ahead. Tonight, Cal competes against the University of San Francisco (16-11) in the third annual Dante Benedetti Classic, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at AT&T Park (home of the San Francisco Giants). On Wednesday, the Bears host Fresno State at 2:30 p.m. at Evans Diamond. Then Cal has a huge Pac-10 series this weekend as the Bears host two-time defending national champion Oregon State. The Beavers-Bears series begins on Friday, Apr. 4 at 2:30 p.m. at Evans Diamond, followed by 1 p.m. games on Saturday and Sunday, Apr. 5-6, at Evans Diamond. Finally, on Monday, Apr. 7 Cal will host Bay Area rival Stanford at 2:30 p.m. at Evans Diamond.

The Bears' No. 6 ranking is their highest national ranking since being selected No. 5 in the 1996 Collegiate Baseball preseason poll.

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