David Cooper Selected as a 2008 NCBWA Second-Team All-American
June 11, 2008
BERKELEY, CALIF. - Junior first baseman David Cooper earned his third All-America honor this spring as he was selected as a second-team All-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers, it was announced Wednesday, July 11. Cooper, who was drafted in the first round (17th pick overall) by the Toronto Blue Jays June 5 in the Major League First-Year Player Draft, was earlier named a second-team All-American by Rivals.com and a third-team All-American by Collegiate Baseball magazine.
A two-time first-team All-Pac-10 selection, Cooper was also a semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy, USA Baseball's Golden Spikes Award and the Wallace Awards this season. He batted .359 with 14 doubles, 19 home runs and 55 RBI. He also had 55 runs, a .682 slugging percentage, a .449 on-base percentage, 150 total bases, 37 walks and 79 hits.
Cooper is a transfer from Cal State Fullerton, where as a freshman he was a member of the 2006 College World Series All-Tournament team. He flirted with a College World Series record with seven consecutive hits, tying Terry Francona (1980) and one short of Dave Magadan (1983) and Barry Bonds (1984). Cooper led all players at the 2006 World Series with a .533 average (8-for-15) with five RBI.
The Bears' outstanding left-handed hitter is second on Cal's all-time list with a .656 career slugging percentage and Cooper's .370 career batting average is tied for fourth (with Xavier Nady of the Pittsburgh Pirates) in the Bears' record book. His 31 home runs for Cal, in just two seasons, are seventh on the all-time list. This year, Cooper's 19 home runs were tied fourth on the school's all-time single-season list (with Xavier Nady in 2000).
Additionally, Cooper led the team with 24 multiple hit games and 17 multiple RBI games for the 33-21-2 Bears who qualified for NCAA postseason for the first time since 2001. He had the game-winning hit April 20 versus Washington, and the game-winning two-run single at USC on April 13. Cooper was the April 1 Pac-10 Player of the Week after going 6-for-12 with two doubles, two home runs and three RBI in the Bears' sweep of then No. 5-ranked Long Beach State March 28-30 at Evans Diamond. He is the first Cal baseball player in school history to earn three separate All-America honors in a single season.