Tyson Ross Named National Player of the Week by Collegiate Baseball

March 26, 2007

BERKELEY, CALIF. - University of California sophomore right-hander Tyson Ross has been named 'Louisville Slugger's' National Player of the Week by Collegiate Baseball for his performance Mar. 22 against Oral Roberts, in which he had a career-high 16 strikeouts and yielded just three hits and one walk in 7.0 innings versus the Golden Eagles.

The Cal baseball team dropped a 2-1 decision to Oral Roberts as Ross' only hits off him came in the second inning when the Eagles scored two runs. After the second inning, he went on to strikeout 11 more batters to finish with 16 strikeouts in 7.0 innings with three hits, two runs, and only one walk. He was three short of the Cal school record of 19 strikeouts set by Larry Colton on Apr. 10, 1963 at UC Santa Barbara. Ross had tied his career-high of 10 strikeouts in only four innings, and even had four strikeouts in the sixth inning when an Oral Roberts' batter had reached on a strikeout/wild pitch. He now is 2-4 on the year with a 2.18 ERA, and has 63 strikeouts in 57.2 innings.

Earlier, Ross had been noted by the College Baseball Foundation and InsidePitching.com for his effort in the Bears' 8-0 shutout of Kent State, Mar. 9. He was on College Baseball Foundation's Honor Roll for the week of Mar. 5-11, and his pitching was voted the West Regional Performance of the Week by InsidePitching.com.

Against the Kent State Golden Flashes in Cal's first game of the Cardinal Classic in Louisville, Ky., Ross threw 8.0 innings, yielding just three hits with no runs, no walks and 10 strikeouts.

An honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection last season as a freshman, Ross is on the 2007 Wallace Award Watch List as a potential national player of the year candidate. A feature video on Tyson Ross can be seen on the right sidebar of the Cal baseball page on www.calbears.com.

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