Electronic Arts Inc., (NASDAQ: ERTS) announced today that former Long Beach State University pitcher and Major League baseball Rookie of the Year finalist Jered Weaver will grace the cover of MVP™ 07 NCAA® Baseball, scheduled for release in February 2007 under the EA SPORTS™ brand.
Jered Weaver made a name for himself at Long Beach State as a hard-throwing pitcher, where he won the Roger Clemens Award (2004) as the top pitcher in NCAA baseball. He was also recognized that year as an NCAA First-Team All-American and the Golden Spikes award winner, given annually to the top player in college baseball.
Weaver, who now plays for the Los Angeles Angels, tied a 56-year-old MLB record in his rookie year, for most wins to start a career when he won his first nine consecutive starts in the Major Leagues, equaling the record set by Whitey Ford of the New York Yankees in 1950. The six-foot-seven right-handed pitcher finished his rookie season with an 11-2 record and an ERA of 2.56 to become a top candidate for Rookie of the Year honors. Now you too can pitch like Jered Weaver in MVP 07 NCAA Baseball with Rock and Fire pitching, an all-new pitching innovation from EA SPORTS.
EA continues to innovate on its acclaimed gameplay engine by introducing Rock and Fire Pitching, a revolutionary pitching mechanic that will forever change the way you deliver that blistering pitch past the batter. Rock and Fire pitching gives you ultimate control and increased feel to more realistically emulate the real life presence of stepping onto the mound, winding up and delivering the ultimate pitch.
With ESPN announcers Mike Patrick and two-time All-American Kyle Peterson back behind the microphone calling the action, this year's MVP 07 NCAA Baseball promises to deliver the most authentic NCAA baseball experience to date. Continuing to deliver on our partnership with ESPN, MVP 07 NCAA will include ESPN real-time features* such as an ESPN ticker and live ESPN Sportscenter radio updates. Cheerleaders, crowd chants, and team fight songs are additional elements that add to the atmosphere and realism of this year's title. Plus, there are now an increased number of conferences, teams and authentic stadiums, creating a true-to-life NCAA baseball experience.
MVP 07 NCAA Baseball joins NCAA® Football and NCAA® March Madness® in the EA SPORTS™ family of popular NCAA-licensed properties. Produced by EA Canada in Vancouver, British Columbia, MVP 07 NCAA Baseball is not yet rated and will be available on the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system.