Cal Baseball Ranks No. 9 in Providing Players to Team USA
Sept. 30, 2002
BERKELEY, CA - The University of California baseball program is among an elite list of schools that have provided a large number of players to the USA National team, it was noted Sept. 26 by USA Baseball.
Cal is ranked No. 9 out of the Top 25 universities by providing a point total of 26 (combining number of USA National Team players produced, total number of participation on the USA National Team by those players, number of years the program has produced at least one USA National Team player) to Team USA since USA Baseball began selecting players and operating an official National Team in 1984. Stanford leads the national list with 65 points, while the Bears trail only the Cardinal and USC (35) among Pac-10 schools.
Junior infielder Conor Jackson is the latest Cal athlete to be a member of the USA National Team. This past summer Jackson helped Team USA to a second-place finish at the inaugural FISU Collegiate World Baseball Championship in Messina, Sicily, Italy. USA Baseball fell to Cuba, 6-0, in the championship game.
Jackson was Team USA's designated hitter and batted fourth in the championship game against Cuba. During the world championship, he went 7-for-22 (.318) with three doubles and five RBI, including the game-winning RBI double in the United State's 2-1 semifinal victory over Japan Aug. 10. Jackson finished the summer batting .312 (29-for-93) with 11 doubles, one home run and 11 RBI. He also had a .462 slugging percentage and a .416 on-base percentage.
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).
'I think it is an honor that Cal is being recognized for having several players selected to the USA National Team,' said Bear coach David Esquer. 'We have had some great players like Ryan Drese, Brian Oliver, Jason Hill, Mike Tonis, Xavier Nady, and most recently Conor Jackson, play for Team USA. I think that shows the quality of players in our program and in our conference. These players are not only excelling in our program, but are excelling nationally as well.'
Cal has also had a coach and a trainer associated with the USA National Team. Former Bear head coach Bob Milano (1978-99) was an assistant coach for the 1988 United States Olympic team and was the USA National Team coach in 1997. Paul Mohler was a trainer for the USA National Team in 1988.
Top 25 USA Baseball National Team Collegiate Programs (1984-2002)1. Stanford 652. Miami 413. CS Fullerton 364. USC 355. Georgia Tech 336. Florida State 317. Texas A&M 298. Clemson 289. California 26 Wichita State 2611. Arizona State 2512. LSU 2413. UCLA 2214. Fresno State 21 Pepperdine 2116. Mississippi State 2017. North Carolina 1918. Oklahoma State 17 Texas 17 Tennessee 17 Long Beach State 1722. Creighton 1623. Arizona 15 Rice 1525. Minnesota 14