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Ryan Jackson
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 09/21/2018
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Ryan Jackson, a native of Orlando, Fla., helped the Blue Devils to three 30-win campaigns including a school single-season record 39 victories in 1993 and capped off his career with National Player of the Year honors in 1994. In the award-winning season, which included first team All-America and ACC Player of the Year citations, the two-way star batted .378 with 22 home runs and 63 runs batted in while pitching a team-high 91.2 innings and posting a 7-5 record with five complete games along with four saves. Led by Jackson, who equaled an NCAA record by homering in eight consecutive games and enjoyed the second-longest hitting streak in school history at 34 games, Duke posted a 16-8 record in ACC play in 1994 to finish in a tie for second place in the league standings, marking the program’s best conference finish since 1961. The three-time All-ACC selection finished his collegiate career with a .322 batting average with 187 runs scored, 277 hits, 56 doubles, 42 home runs and 183 runs batted in to go along with 21 wins and 11 saves on the mound. A seventh round pick of the Florida Marlins in the 1994 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft, Jackson made his MLB debut on March 31, 1998, and played four seasons in the big leagues as an outfielder with the Marlins, Seattle Mariners and Detroit Tigers.