The first round's winding down...and so far not too many close calls. Will that change with our final two matchups?
Today we have two Golden Bears who both attained greatness, one with an epic rushing career, the other with a superb baseball performance. One continued the sporting dream. The other went into the real world. Make your picks! The winner takes on Michelle Granger in the second round.
Voting ends at noon PST on Friday. Examine the case for either side after the jump and vote in the poll!
All-Pac 10 2007-2008, awesome fastball, already looking to be a very promising Oakland Athletic!
TwistNHook and carp combined forces to profile Ross for our SBN partner down the Bay, Athletics Nation (really good, check it out As and Cal fans!). Here are the highlights of his time as a Bear.
Ross had a fantastic sophomore campaign, which featured 120 K’s in 115 IP with a 2.49 ERA. Ross earned first team All-Pac 10 honors, as well as a Rawlings Gold Glove for his defensive prowess while on the bump. Perhaps his greatest game came on March 22, 2007, when he fanned 16 (16!) in a game against Oral Roberts:
BERKELEY, CALIF. - Despite a phenomenal pitching performance from sophomore right-hander Tyson Ross, in which he had a career-high 16 strikeouts and yielded just three hits in 7.0 innings, the Cal baseball team dropped a 2-1 decision to Oral Roberts Thursday at Evans Diamond. The Golden Bears lost their eighth one-run game of the year to fall to 12-13. The Golden Eagles improved to 11-9.
Here is his line from that day:California IP H R ER BB SO AB BF
Ross, Tyson......... 7.0 3 2 2 1 16 25 27
In the summer of 2007, Ross was sensational for Team USA, finishing 4-1 with a 0.82 ERA, and striking out 39 batters with only seven walks in 43.2 innings.