April 30, 2011
Fullerton, Calif. - Former Cal State Fullerton designated hitter David Cooper made his big-league debut Saturday afternoon with the Toronto Blue Jays, becoming the 49th former Titan to reach the major leagues.
Cooper played for Fullerton in 2006 as a freshman out of Tokay High School in Stockton, Calif., and batted .305 with two home runs an 37 RBI before transferring to the University of California, Berkeley, for the 2007 and 2008 seasons.
The left-handed hitter was an All-Big West Conference honorable mention in 2006 and helped the Titans reach the College World Series. In Omaha, the rookie made quite a splash by flirting with a then 23-year-old record for the most consecutive hits in a CWS session. He had seven straight hits to tie Terry Francona (1980) for second most in the CWS record book, just one hit shy of the record set by Dave Magadan in 1983 and Barry Bonds in 1984.
In his only trip to Omaha, Copper led all players with a .533 average (8-for-15) while knocking in five runs as the team's designated hitter.
In two seasons with the Golden Bears, Cooper put up All-American numbers, hitting a career .370 (4th all-time at Cal ) with 31 home runs (7th all-time at Cal), and became the 17th pick in the first round of the 2008 MLB First-Year Player's Draft.
The 24-year-old was in the Blue Jay's starting lineup Friday batting seventh as the designated hitter. He walked in his first plate appearance but finished 0-for-4 on the night.
Cooper joins former Titans left-hander Ricky Romero on the Blue Jays. The two missed playing with each other at Fullerton by one year.