17 - Joe Jackson
Joe Jackson
Height: 6-1
Weight: 195
Year: Jr.
Hometown: Mauldin, S.C.
High School: Mauldin
Position: C
Bats/Throws: L/R

CAREER: Has played in 112 games with 103 starts over the past two seasons … enters the 2013 season with a career batting average of .289 (115-398) to go along with 23 doubles, six triples, one home run, 60 runs scored and 49 RBI … has swiped eight bases in nine attempts and has five sacrifices and five sacrifice flies … committed only 10 errors in 506 total chances for a fielding percentage of .980.

SOPHOMORE (2012): Started all 58 games including 38 behind the plate, 11 at first base and nine as the designated hitter … batted .279 (64-229), the second-highest figure on the team, and also led the squad with 15 doubles and four triples … tied for second on the team in hits and runs scored with 35 and was third with 26 RBI … was successful on all four of his stolen base attempts … led the team with a batting average of .308 (36-117) in Southern Conference games with 11 of his 15 two-base hits, 22 runs scored and 15 RBI … had 18 multiple hit games with three-hit contests vs. USC Upstate (3/6), College of Charleston (4/22), Georgia Southern (4/29) and Davidson (5/6), tying his season-high with three RBI in the latter game vs. the Wildcats … also drove in three runs vs. Appalachian State (3/18) … hit safely in each of the final eight games of the season and also had a pair of seven-game streaks earlier in the year … homered vs. Western Carolina (3/11).

FRESHMAN (2011): Played in 54 of 56 games and started 45 times at catcher and designated hitter and was named to the Southern Conference All-Freshman team … batted .302 (51-169) with eight doubles, two triples, 25 runs scored and 23 RBI … drew 20 walks to help him rank fourth on the team with a .372 on-base percentage … stole four bases in five attempts and threw out 13 of 39 would-be base stealers … had 11 multiple hit games including a career-high four hits vs. Winthrop (5/4) … knocked in a career-high four runs vs. Charleston Southern (4/19) … had a season-high six-game hitting streak and enjoyed a streak of 14 consecutive games in which he reached base … went 3-3 with two runs and two RBI in his debut vs. Towson (2/19) … had three hits and three RBI vs. College of Charleston (4/8) and  had two hits and three runs the following day vs. the Cougars.

HIGH SCHOOL: A graduate of Mauldin High School … lettered three times in baseball … selected by the Kansas City Royals in the 50th round of the 2010 MLB Draft … batted .368 in 2009 and was named to the all-state team … had a batting average of .387 in 2008.

PERSONAL: Son of Joe and Linda Jackson … father played golf at Furman … great-great-great uncle, “Shoeless” Joe Jackson, played in the majors from 1908-20 including the 1915-20 seasons with the Chicago White Sox … majoring in business administration.

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