Jackson Named the Named the Nation's 13th Best Player by The College Baseball Blog

Dec. 22, 2008

BERKELEY, CALIF> - University of California junior center fielder Brett Jackson has been named the nation's 13th best player, according to The College Baseball Blog. An outstanding left-handed hitting center fielder who was honorable mention All-Pac-10 last season, Jackson was earlier selected the eighth-best prospect out of the Cape Cod League by Baseball America, hitting .238 with six doubles, four home runs, 14 RBI and eight stolen bases this past summer for the Cotuit Kettleers.

Last spring, Jackson (6-2, 210 pounds) batted .307 (62-for-202, .302 versus the Pac-10) with seven doubles, four triples (fourth in the Pac-10), four home runs and 40 RBI for the Golden Bears. He led the team with 12 stolen bases (eighth in the Pac-10) and hit his first career grand slam May 2 versus Arizona. Jackson finished the year batting .333 (23-for-69) with runners in scoring position. He was also a 2008 honorable mention Pac-10 All-Academic selection, majoring in sociology.

Jackson is the second Cal athlete on The College Baseball Blog's top 50 player list. On Dec. 16, junior outfielder/first baseman/pitcher Blake Smith was picked as the nation's 16th best player by The College Baseball Blog. Smith is also on the Wallace Award Watch List along with sophomore right-hander Kevin Miller as potential player of the year candidates for the 2009 college baseball season. Smith was named the seventh best prospect from Team USA by Baseball America in early September.

The Bears, who qualified for an NCAA Regional last year with 33-21-2 overall mark and 12-12 record in the Pac-10, begin their '09 season with two home games at Evans Diamond versus UC Riverside on Friday, Feb. 20 at 1:30 p.m., and Feb. 21, at 1 p.m. Cal then hosts Vanderbilt on Sunday, Feb. 22 and Monday, Fed. 23. Both games against the Commodores are slated for 1 p.m.

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