12 Jay Jackson
12 Jay Jackson
Height: 6-1
Weight: 185
Year: Junior
Hometown: Taylors, S.C.
High School: Christ Church Episcopal School
Position: RHP/OF/1B
Bats/Throws: R/R

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Furman: Furman's and possibly the Southern Conference's most versatile, athletic player who contributes in a variety of roles, including starting pitcher, starting outfielder, and as a late game defensive substitute at first base...serves as the Paladins' Friday night starting pitcher and is a regular in either left of right field on non-pitching days...currently ranks as the top starting pitcher in the Southern Conference with a league leading nine wins (9-1) and 2.66 ERA, best among weekend arms...opponents are hitting just .211 against him (also the lowest among SoCon weekend starting pitchers)...two-time SoCon Pitcher-of-the-Week selection...one of only four pitchers in FU history win at least nine games...claimed his ninth win vs. Western Carolina (4/25) after working 8.0 innings and allowing only four hits and two runs while recording a career high 11 strikeouts in 4-2 victory...also pitched eight innings vs. Wofford (4/18), giving up only four hits and one run while striking out six in 17-1 triumph...other conference wins have come against The Citadel, UNC Greensboro, and College of Charelston...strong work on the mound has keyed Furman to school record 10 straight wins...Paladins are now 26-15 overall and 12-6 and in third place in the SoCon (team was picked ninth in preseaso coaches' poll)...as a starting outfielder is currently batting .317 with a team leading eight home runs and 25 RBI...after beating Western Carolina with his arm on 4/25, came back with a 3-for-5, 5 RBI performance on 4/26 in a 13-4 win...swatted a three-run home run in the first inning to stake Furman to a 6-0 lead that it never relinquished....belted a solo home run to give Furman an early lead in eventual 5-3 loss to South Carolina (4/22)...career .298 hitter with 23 HRs and 99 RBI over three seasons....invited to play for the Hyannis Mets in the 2008 Cape Cod League. 2007 Summer League: Hopes to build on a strong performance in 2007 Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League (GLSCL) action...went 5-0 with a 1.96 ERA in leading the Delaware Cows to a 25-14 record and second place league finish...in 36 2/3 innings of work, surrendered only 26 hits, eight earned runs, and six walks while striking out 38...opponents hit only . 200 against him...earned fist team All-SLSCL honors...was rated the league's "Top Athlete" by Baseball America's John Manuel, who also ranked him No. 2 among the GLSCL's "Top Prospects"...said Manuel, "Jackson has a future on the mound despite being a short (6-foot-1) righty...his loose arm allows for some projection and lends movement to all his stuff, and his athleticism allows him to repeat his delivery well...his fastball regular sat around 90 mph and touched 93, and his solid command allowed him to throw not just strikes, but consistent quality strikes...he showed his athleticism by running a 6.6 60-yard dash on scout day." 2007 -- Saw action in five different roles, earning starts at all three outfield positions -- left field (22), right field (14), and center field (5) -- as well as 13 starts on the mound, six of which he combined to serve as designated hitter...went just 1-4 on the hill despite posting a respectable 4.59 ERA...opponents hit .285 against him...was most effective vs. left-handers (.250, 20x80)... 68 2/3 innings of work ranked second most on staff...received very little run support (4.38/game in 13 starts), including 2.69/game while on the hill...handed over the ball and the lead on five occasions and with the game tied four times...hit .289 with six home runs and 31 RBI...lone win (9-3) came against Georgia Southern (7.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K), a day after he went 3-for-3 with a mammoth three-run home run to left field and four RBI in an 8-1 win over the Eagles...capped off the Georgia Southern series with two-run home run in Sunday's 6-1 series finale...strong work on the mound and at the plate versus GSU helped him secure Southern Conference Pitcher-of-the-Week honors...fashioned a solid out against College of Charleston (6.1 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K), which he complemented by going 2-for-2 (2 BB) with a double and an RBI at the plate, before handing over the ball with a 2-2 lead in an eventual 4-3, ninth-inning loss...went 3-for-3 with a home run, double, and two-RBI vs. Tennessee (12-7 loss). 2006 -- Fashioned an impressive freshman campaign, batting .296 with nine home runs and 43 RBI in 51 games... strong work played a key role in Furman posting a 32-23 record and 16-11 SoCon mark good for a third place league finish...32 wins matched a program season high...work at the plate helped Furman set new season standards for batting average (.324), runs (665), home runs (52), and RBI (369), among other offensive standards...earned starts in right field in 34 games and 16 contests at designated hitter...made 13 mound appearances, including six starts...went 3-0 with a 5.80 ERA and two saves...tossed 40 1/3 innings, allowing 40 hits while recording 30 strikeouts...limited opponents to an impressive .261 average, including a .228 mark (13x57) against left-handers...had consistent success at the plate against both right-handed (.291, 41x141) and left-handed pitching (.309, 17x55)...hit .385 (15x39) with six multi-hit performances and nine RBI over his first 10 collegiate games...hit .435 (17x39, 3 HRs) during a 10-game hitting streak in late March and early April, helping Furman to a 9-1 record in that stretch...streak included a 3-for-4, 2-RBI performance in a 7-5 win over Penn State and three-hit outings against both Davidson (6-0 win) and Wofford (17-4 win)...went 3-for-5 with four RBI in a 17-11 win at Appalachian State...hurled seven innings to earn the victory and belted a three-run home run as part of a 2-for-6 performance at the plate to lift Furman to a 13-9 victory at Gardner-Webb...first collegiate victory came in a 16-5 triumph over Georgia State...registered his best pitching performance (no-decision) in an eventual 4-2 Paladin triumph over Charleston Southern (7.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K)...notched saves against High Point (3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 K) and Miami of Ohio (2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K). High School: 2005 graduate of Christ Church (A) Episcopal School...baseball coach was Mike Fox...saw action in the infield, outfield, and also pitched during his prep career...earned all-region honors three times and was an all-state selection his senior year...selected as the starting pitcher of the 2005 South Carolina-North Carolina Challenge...played on 2005 Big League World Championship Team...named 2004 Region II-A Player-of-the-Year...also starred in basketball at Christ Church Episcopal, scoring more than 1,500 points in his career...two-time all-region, All-Greenville County, and all-state selection. Personal: Full name is Randy Jackson, Jr....son of Randy and Janice Jackson...born October 27, 1987, in Greenville, South Carolina...has two sisters, Jasmine and Kiyana...philosophy major.