Cal Baseball 25th in Collegiate Baseball's Preseason Poll

Dec. 24, 2002

TUCSON, AZ - The University of California baseball team is ranked 25th in Collegiate Baseball's 2003 Preseason Poll, it was announced Dec. 23 by the baseball publication. Collegiate Baseball has also selected junior third baseman Conor Jackson as a third team Preseason All-American. Earlier, Jackson was picked as a second team Preseason All-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.

Last season, Cal finished 29-27 overall and 11-13 (fifth) in the Pacific-10 Conference. The Bears are among four Pac-10 teams selected to Collegiate Baseball's Preseason Poll. USC is ranked third, Stanford is ranked ninth, Arizona State is ranked 12th and Cal 25th.

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) last 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).

This past summer, Jackson was a member of the USA National Team, 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 for Team USA.

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