FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – University of Arkansas pitcher Zach Jackson has been named a Louisville Slugger Preseason First Team All-American, Collegiate Baseball announced Tuesday.
Jackson becomes the first Razorback to be named to the Louisville Slugger Preseason First Team All-American team since pitcher Nick Schmidt in 2007. Schmidt was a two-time All-American for the Razorbacks and a first round selection of the San Diego Padres in 2007.
An All-SEC first team selection last year, Jackson was dominant in late innings, striking out 89 hitters in 60.0 innings pitched. He posted a 2.10 ERA with nine saves and a 5-1 record as he helped pitch the Razorbacks into their eighth College World Series.
Jackson’s most memorable outing came in Game 3 of the NCAA Fayetteville Super Regional when he took the mound in the sixth inning against Missouri State. With the winner going to Omaha, Jackson retired 11 straight hitters to end the game and preserve a 3-2 victory.
The junior right-hander was named to the preseason team as a relief pitcher though it remains to be seen whether Jackson will be a starter or come out of the bullpen this season.
The #OmaHogs will begin their 2016 season on Feb. 19 at Baum Stadium against Central Michigan. Arkansas will open with 16 of its first 19 at Baum Stadium. Season tickets, mini-plans and single-game tickets are available at ArkansasRazorbacks.com or by calling the Razorback Ticket Office at 1-800-982-HOGS.