Cal's Jackson Helps Lead USA National Baseball Team to 10-0 Victory Over Italy

Aug. 2, 2002

MESSINA, SICILY, ITALY - California infielder Conor Jackson went 2-for-3 with a double and a pair of sacrifice flys as the 2002 USA Baseball National Team defeated host Italy, 10-0, Friday at the FISU Collegiate World Baseball Championships in Messina, Sicily, Italy.

Jackson, who will be a junior at Cal next year, hit sacrifice flys in both the second and third innings, and then finished the game with a double in the ninth inning. He is now batting .329 (24-for-73) with nine doubles, one home run and eight RBI for the Team USA this summer.

The USA National Team, 19-5 overall, will next face Canada, Friday, Aug. 4, before taking on China Aug. 6 and South Korea Aug. 7. The tournament's quarterfinal is Aug. 9, the semifinals are Aug. 10 and the World Championship Game is Aug. 11.

A 2002 first team All-Pac-10 selection, Jackson batted .382 (second in the Pac-10) with 16 doubles, two triples, 16 home runs (third in Pac-10) and 61 RBI (fifth in Pac-10) this past collegiate season for Cal. He was also first in the Pac-10 in slugging percentage (.691), second in total bases (152), fifth in hits (84) and fifth in on-base percentage (.461). Jackson had a team-best 27 multiple hit games, 18 multiple RBI games and was the Apr. 22 Pac-10 Player of the Week (Apr. 22). He batted .443 (35-for-79) with runners in scoring position and was a Midseason Sophomore All-American in Baseball America.

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