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Jackson Earns Second MW Freshman Weekly Honor

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Trevor Beal

SAN DIEGO – San Diego State's Jake Jackson collected his second Mountain West Freshman of the Week award this season for a series of standout performances during the period ending April 21, as announced Monday by the league office in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

In four starts, Jackson led the Aztecs in several categories, including batting average (.688), on-base percentage (.722), hits (11) and RBIs (7). Not to be outdone, the SDSU newcomer struck out just once in 16 at-bats during that span.

An alumnus of nearby Madison High School, Jackson finished with multiple hits in all four games and recorded at least one RBI in three of those contests.

Jackson set a career high with three hits at Long Beach State (April 16) and duplicated the feat in consecutive outings vs. No. 15/17 UC Irvine (April 19-20). The Aztec outfielder also established a collegiate best with four RBIs in Saturday's home clash with the Anteaters to highlight a 3-for-4 evening at the plate.

With his efforts, Jackson extended his hitting streak to a season-long six games, raising his batting average from .225 to .295 in that stretch. He also made 12 put-outs without an error last week for a clean 1.000 fielding percentage.

Although not found on the stat sheet, Jackson made a sliding catch in shallow center field in the fifth inning of Sunday's clash at UCI, stranding an  Anteater runner at the third.

Coupled with his first certificate on Feb. 19, Jackson's accolade on Monday gives the Aztecs nine MW weekly honors for the year after Colby Turner received the same distinction on five previous occasions (Feb. 26, March 4, March 18, April 1 and April 8). Jacob McCombs was also tabbed MW Freshman of the Week on April 15, while Jacob Riordan was named the league's Pitcher of the Week on April 1.

For the season, Jackson has started 27 of 32 games, batting .295 (31-105) with one homer, six doubles and 20 RBIs. He ranks second on the team with four stolen bases and is tied for the second spot with 22 runs scored.

Additionally, Jackson slotted fourth among SDSU leaders with a .353 on-base percentage and 20 RBIs while sharing the fourth position with 31 hits.

Jackson and the Aztecs are back in action on Tuesday, April 23, when they head down the freeway for a rematch with the San Diego Toreros at USD's Fowler Park. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. PT, and the game will air live via subscription basis on ESPN+.