Jackson Williams

For the English boxer of the same name see
Jackson Williams (born May 14, 1986 in Tulsa, Oklahoma) is a catcher for the San Francisco Giants organization of Major League Baseball. He went to the University of Oklahoma. He was drafted by the Giants in the 1st Round (43rd overall) of 2007 Major League Baseball Draft.
High school career
Williams was a three year starter and letterman at Broken Arrow Senior High, Broken Arrow, OK. He played primarily behind the plate and also saw some time on the mound in a relief role. He twice played in the Area Code Games where he was named an All-Star. He hit at a .355 clip as a senior and added 30 runs scored and RBIs, 11 doubles and six home runs. He posted a 3-1 record with two saves and a 2.77 ERA on the mound as well and struck out 34 batters in 30 innings pitched. He was named the recipient of the Gold Glove Award as the team's top defensive player. He served as a team captain his senior year. He was named to the Tulsa World and The Oklahoman All-State teams as a first team selection in 2004. He was also chosen as an All-Tulsa Metro All-Star by the Northeast Baseball Coaches Association. He was a first team All-Frontier Conference pick. He was a member of the Oklahoma Senior Sunbelt Team which won the national tournament. He received the Ferguson Jenkins Award for his performance in the classroom. The team went 29-10 on the season, finished second in the league and advanced to the semifinals of the state tournament. He batted .339 with three home runs and 25 RBIs as a junior and the team went 24-14 on the year, won its regional and advanced to the semifinals of the state tournament. He participated with the Perfect Game All-Stars in Jupiter, Florida., following his junior year. He was a Warren Spahn Award nominee in 2003. He was coached by former Sooner letterwinner Shannon Dobson.
College career
During his freshman year, Williams started 50 games at catcher, three as the designated hitter. He was fourth on the team in doubles (12) and tied for fifth in homers (4). He was successful on five of six stolen base attempts. He collected 11 multiple-hit games and seven multiple-RBIs games. He made first career appearance/start versus Arizona State University and finished the game 2-for-4 with a run scored and two RBIs. He put together a career game vs. University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff with career highs in hits (4), RBIs (4), runs (4), stolen bases (3, also a team best). He was a triple short of the cycle after knocking out his first homer as a Sooner in the seventh inning. He compiled a six-game hitting streak, a season high, starting with a 3-for-4 performance against Dallas Baptist and ending in the series finale vs. University of Kansas. He went 1-for-3 with two runs scored and three RBIs vs. TCU. He tied career high for hits with a perfect 4-for-4 game, including a two-run homer, against UT-Arlington. He broke out of an 0-for-26 slump with his third homer of the year against Oklahoma State University in the series opener. He went 2-for-4 with a run scored in the second game against Oklahoma State and collected an RBI in the series finale. He finished 3-for-4 with three RBIs and was one triple short of the cycle in the first game against University of Northern Colorado. He went 2-for-3 with a run scored against Nebraska in the Big 12 Tournament. He finished the Oxford Regional game against Maine with two hits, a run and an RBI. He hit.300 with two homers and eight RBIs in the final 14 games of the season (starting with the first game of the Bedlam series).
During his sophomore year Willimas was an All-Big 12 Conference honorable mention. He was tabbed second team All-Big 12 by Fort Worth Star-Telegram. He had 14 multiple-hit games and nine multiple-RBIs games. He went 15-for-30 with 10 RBIs and eight doubles during career-high seven-game hitting streak. He Had 112 career starts at catcher for OU in two seasons. He was sixth on the team in RBIs with 36 and fourth in doubles (15). He hit .323 in Big 12 play (fourth best on team) with 17 RBIs. All three of his home runs came against Big 12 opponents
On the road: second on the team in RBIs (15) and fourth in batting average with a .353 clip (24-for-68). He hit a team-leading .737 (14-for-19) with runners on third and less than two out. He connected for four doubles, two homers and six RBIs in Kansas series while hitting .500 (7-for-14). He finished the Texas Tech series with a .583 batting average (7-for-12) with four doubles and three RBIs. He delivered game-winning hit as a pinch hitter against UT-Arlington on April 4. He had a six-game hitting streak was snapped against TCU on March 7. He was named to Service Academies Classic All-Tournament team after hitting .375 with two RBIs. He hit .571 in UTPA Classic and connected for three RBIs.
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