Cal's David Cooper Named Pac-10 Player of the Week
Feb. 27, 2007
WALNUT CREEK, CALIF. - California sophomore first baseman David Cooper has been named the Pacific-10 Conference Baseball Player of the Week for Feb. 19-26, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today. Cooper, from Stockton, Calif., went 10-for-27 (.476) in the last five games when the Golden Bears were on the road at San Jose State, Long Beach State and UC Santa Barbara.
In the latest two-game series at UC Santa Barbara, Cooper went 6-for-8 with a double, two home runs (both on Monday), and tallied five RBI. For the week, he totaled two doubles, three homers and eight RBI. On the year, Cooper is batting .444 (24-for-54) and leads Cal with five doubles, four home runs, 17 RBI and a .759 slugging percentage. The Pac-10 Player of the Week honor is the first of Cooper's career, while it is the 41st such honor for the Bears.
Cooper is a transfer from Cal State Fullerton, where he was a member of the 2006 College World Series All-Tournament team. A 6-0 left-hander, he 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). Cooper led all players at the World Series with a .533 average (8-for-15) with five RBI. He went 5-for-5 with a home run and four RBI in a 7-6 Titan win over top-seeded Clemson. For the 2006 campaign, Cooper hit .305 with nine doubles, two home runs and 37 RBI, earning All-Big West Conference honorable mention. Baseball America selected Cooper as the nation's ninth-best transfer in its 2007 College Preview.
The Bears (7-7) next play Bay Area rival Stanford (7-5) in a three-game non-conference series, beginning Friday, Mar. 2 at 5 p.m. at Stanford's Sunken Diamond.