Former Cal Baseball Player Conor Jackson Excelling in Summer Ball

Aug. 21, 2003

BERKELEY, CA - Former University of California baseball player Conor Jackson is having an outstanding summer for the Yakima (Wash.) Bears, a short season Single A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Jackson, who was the Diamondbacks' first round draft pick and the 19th pick overall in the 2003 June Major League Amateur Draft, is batting .318 (68-for-214) and is leading the Northwest League with 30 doubles and 54 RBI in 56 games. He is also ranked in the top five in the league in batting average, on-base percentage (.407) and slugging percentage (.551). Jackson was featured on the August 20 edition of the Baseball America website.

In other Cal baseball news, Jesse Ingram, who will be a junior right-hander for Cal this spring, was selected to the 2003 Northwoods League Postseason All-Star Team. Ingram, who competed for the Alexandria (Minn.) Beetles, finished the season 7-2 with a 2.53 ERA, had three complete games, one shutout, and had 82 strikeouts and 22 walks in 78.3 innings.

Earlier this summer, Ingram competed for the league's North Division All-Star squad. He faced Bear teammates MattEinspahr and Travis Talbott, who played for the La Crosse (Wisconsin) Loggers, and were members of the South All-Star team. Einspahr, who will be a junior infielder/catcher for the Bears this spring, finished the summer batting .311 (69-for-222) with 11 doubles, two home runs and 15 RBI. Talbott, who will be a junior left-hander for Cal, was 6-7 with a 2.67 ERA, and had four complete games and 46 strikeouts in 91.0 innings for La Crosse.

Cal catcher Chris Grossman, who batted .341 with 16 doubles, eight home runs and 45 RBI last spring, was a member of the Santa Barbara Foresters this summer and helped the Foresters to a runner-up finished at the National Baseball Congress World Series last week in Wichita, Kansas. In Cape Cod League action, Bear shortstop Jeff Dragicevich batted .219 (32-for-146) with five doubles, two home runs and 16 RBI for the Harwich Mariners. Cal infielder/outfielder David Nicholson batted .274 (26-95) with five doubles, a triple, a home run and eight RBI for the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox. Dragicevich will be a senior and Nicholson will be a junior for the Bears this spring.

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