Cal's Jackson Helps Team USA to Silver at World Baseball Championship
Aug. 12, 2002
MESSINA, SICILY, ITALY - California infielder Conor Jackson went 1-for-4 Sunday (Aug. 11) as the 2002 USA Baseball National Team fell to Cuba, 6-0, in the title game of the inaugural FISU Collegiate World Baseball Championship in Messina, Sicily, Italy.
Jackson, who will be a junior at Cal next year, 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.
The USA National Team was 23-7 overall and 5-2 at the world championship, defeating Italy, 10-0; defeating Canada, 9-1; losing to China, 4-3; defeating Korea, 16-2; defeating the Czech Republic, 14-1, defeating Japan, 2-1 before falling to Cuba, 6-0, in the world championship final.
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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