Cal's Conor Jackson Selected to Play for USA National Baseball Team

June 24, 2002

TUCSON, AZ - California sophomore first baseman Conor Jackson has been selected one of 22 players who will play for the 2002 USA Baseball National Team this summer.

Jackson was selected from a pool of 35 players who just completed a four-day trial at Hi Corbett Field in Tucson. Jackson joins Stanford's sophomore outfielders Sam Fuld and Carlos Quentin, and Arizona State's freshman infielder Dustin Pedroia as the only other Pac-10 players selected to the USA National Team. The USA National Team will be coached by Louisville's Lelo Prado. Prado will be assisted by Terry Alexander (Jacksonville), Sunny Golloway (Oral Roberts) and Terry Rupp (Maryland). Team USA will play a 30-game schedule beginning today (June 24) against the Santa Barbara Foresters and concluding with the first ever FISU Collegiate World Baseball Championships in Messina, Italy Aug. 3-11.

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 this past season. He also led the Pac-10 in slugging percentage (.691), was 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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