Conor Jackson Shines for USA National Baseball Team
July 30, 2002
MESSINA, ITALY - California infielder Conor Jackson has been enjoying an outstanding summer playing for the 2002 USA Baseball National Team.
Jackson, who will be a junior at Cal next year, has started 20 of 22 games at third base for Team USA, batting .314 (22-for-70) with eight doubles, one home run and six RBI. He also has a .471 slugging percentage and a .435 on-base percentage.
Jackson and his teammates just finished capturing the 2002 Haarlem Baseball Week Championship, in Haarlem, The Netherlands, defeating the host team, The Netherlands, 5-4, July 28 in the championship game. The Americans finished the tournament, 4-2, defeating Chinese Taipei, 2-0; defeating South Africa, 8-0; defeating Cuba, 4-1; losing to Japan, 2-1; losing to The Netherlands, 6-2 before winning the championship game, 5-4, over The Netherlands.
Team USA, 18-5 overall, will conclude its 30-game schedule with the first ever FISU Collegiate World Baseball Championships in Messina, Italy Aug. 2-11. The Americans will play Italy Aug. 2, Canada Aug. 4, 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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