Cal's Conor Jackson a Semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy

May 14, 2002

TUSCALOOSA, AL - California sophomore first baseman Conor Jackson, who already this season has been a Pac-10 Player of the Week (Apr. 22) and selected to participate in the 2002 USA Baseball National Team Trials, is now a semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy as the nation's top collegiate baseball player.

Jackson is one of 40 semifinalists for the Dick Howser Trophy and one of four players from the Pac-10. He joins UCLA senior outfielder Adam Berry, Stanford junior outfielder/designated hitter Jason Cooper and Stanford senior second baseman Chris O'Riordan as conference players selected among the 40 semifinalists.

Jackson is currently batting .384 and leads the Pac-10 in hits (83), home runs (16), RBI (61) and total bases (150). Last week in the Bears sweep of Oregon State at Evans Diamond, he was 7-for-13 with three runs, three walks, two doubles and two RBI. Twice this season Jackson has hit home runs in four consecutive games.

The Dick Howser Trophy, given in memory of the former Florida State All-America shortstop and major league player and manager who died of brain cancer in 1987, is regarded by many as college baseball's most prestigious award. Criteria for consideration for the trophy include performance on the field, leadership, moral character and courage.

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