WALNUT CREEK – The Cal baseball team had two players, junior catcher John Baker and sophomore first baseman Conor Jackson, selected to the 2002 All-Pac-10 Baseball Team, Pac-10 Commissioner Tom Hansen announced Tuesday.
Baker finished the 2002 season batting a team-leading .383 with 12 doubles, a triple, five home runs and 29 RBI despite missing three weeks with a broken right hand when he was hit by a pitch. He also has a Pac-10 leading .516 on-base percentage, had a .456 batting average against Pac-10 competition and hit a team-best .444 with runners in scoring position. Baker was the May 13 Pac-10 Player of the Week and is one of 10 finalists for the Johnny Bench Award as the nation’s top collegiate catcher.
Jackson concluded the 2002 campaign batting .382 with 16 doubles, two triples, 16 home runs, 61 RBI and Pac-10 leading 152 total bases. He hit .443 with runners in scoring position and twice hit home runs in four consecutive games this past season. Jackson was the April 22 Pac-10 Player of the Week and is a finalist for the Dick Howser Trophy as the nation’s top collegiate baseball player. He was also selected to try for the USA National Team in June.
Four other Cal players were named Pac-10 Honorable Mention - sophomore right-hander Matt Brown, senior right-hander Trevor Hutchinson, freshman infielder/outfielder David Nicholson and senior second baseman Carson White.
Brown finished the year 5-3 with a 3.70 ERA and six saves in 21 appearances. He was the April 15 Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week after throwing his first collegiate complete game with four hits, one runs, one walk and a career-high 10 strikeouts April 14 versus Arizona.
In 2002 Hutchinson was 7-5 with a 3.38 ERA, two complete games and had a team-high 94 strikeouts and 117.0 innings. He became Cal’s all-time strikeout leader with 284 strikeouts from 1999-02 and is second on the Bears’ career innings pitched list (370 2/3). Hutchinson was the April 8 Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week after an April 5 victory over UCLA.
Nicholson batted .305 with seven doubles, a triple, six home runs and 23 RBI as a true freshman. He also led Cal in runs scored (46) and stolen bases (10), starting 36 games at third base and 17 games in center field. White hit .339 this season with 15 doubles, seven home runs and 32 RBI. He finished his two-year Bear career batting .338 with 88 runs, 153 hits, 34 doubles, four triples, 15 home runs and 81 RBI.