Conor Jackson Named First Team Preseason All-American in Baseball America
Jan. 6, 2003
BERKELEY, CA - Baseball America has selected University of California junior third baseman Conor Jackson as a first team Preseason All-American, and junior right-hander Matt Brown as a third team Preseason All-American, the publication announced Jan. 2. Earlier, Jackson was picked as a second team Preseason All-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and a third team Preseason All-American by Collegiate Baseball.
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. Jackson is the first Cal player to be selected a first team Preseason All-American since Xavier Nady was Baseball America's and Collegiate Baseball's 2000 National Preseason Player of the Year.
Brown continued his impressive Cal career last season, going 5-3 with a 3.70 ERA and six saves in 21 appearances. After leading the Pac-10 with eight saves as a freshman in 2001, he played the role of both starter and reliever as a sophomore, including throwing his first collegiate complete game with a career-high 10 strikeouts Apr. 14 against Arizona. Brown was named honorable mention All-Pac-10 for the second year in a row and is already tied with Joe Buckley (1986-89) on the all-time Cal list with 14 career saves.
Brown played for the Bourne Braves in the Cape Cod League this past summer, going 3-3 with a 1.20 ERA, and recorded 51 strikeouts in 32.3 innings. He was the winning pitcher for the West in the Cape Cod League All-Star Game as well.