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Update: Nevada ace Jake Jackson transfer to Baylor for grad season senior

Jake Jackson
Jake Jackson is transferring out of Nevada after four seasons with the program. (David Calvert/Nevada athletics)

Update: Jake Jackson committed Friday morning to Baylor, which went 31-20 overall and 11-13 in the Big 12 this season.

Jake Jackson, a three-time All-Mountain West pitcher who started Nevada's first NCAA Regional game in two decades, will transfer out of the program.

"Four years and a degree later, I have decided to enter the portal as a Graduate Transfer," Jackson wrote on his Twitter page. "I am forever grateful for the opportunity Coach (T.J.) Bruce gave me to play at the University of Nevada! With that being said, I’m excited to see where my baseball and academic career continues!"

Jackson, whose father Wade played for Nevada in the 1990s, spent the last four seasons with the Wolf Pack. He made the All-MW team in 2018, 2020 and 2021, most recently earning second-team all-conference honors. Jackson also was a freshman All-American during his rookie season at Nevada. He was the Wolf Pack's de facto ace this season as its opening-game starter in weekend series.

In 46 appearances (42 starts), Jackson went 15-14 at Nevada with a 5.46 ERA. He also had a save. A workhorse who logged 216 innings with the Wolf Pack, Jackson allowed 292hits and walked 55 batters while striking out 161. Outside of an injury-plagued 2019 season, Jackson has been one of the Wolf Pack's most reliable pitchers during his college tenure.

This season, Jackson went 5-4 with a 5.45 ERA. He tossed a team-high 74.1 innings and struck out 44 batters. His last game at Nevada will be his NCAA Regional appearance against UC Irvine. Jackson allowed seven runs (four earned) in 7.1 innings. He gave up 11 hits and struck out five. Jackson kept Nevada in the game through the first seven innings, allowing just three runs, before the Anteaters busted open the game in the eighth en route to a 7-0 victory.

As a graduate transfer changing schools for the first time, Jackson will be eligible at his next school immediately. He has one year of eligibility remaining. He's also eligible to be selected in next month's MLB draft.

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