EUGENE, Ore. -- Former Oregon baseball player Jack Marder is playing for the Israeli National Team in the first qualifying round of the 2012 World Baseball Classic. In Israel’s 7-3 win over South Africa on Wednesday, Marder played second base and went 2-for-3 with a run scored.
Team Israel is grouped with France, Spain and South Africa in the Jupiter Regional played at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Florida.
Israel plays Spain on Friday at 10 a.m. (PT) in a second round game. You can watch a free, live stream of that contest at worldbaseballclassic.com.
Israel and Spain are the two top teams in that qualifying round and the winner is guaranteed a spot in Sunday's final. The loser will stay alive in the tournament, moving on to face the winner of Friday night's game between France and South Africa.
Click here for a complete 2012 WBC Schedule
Marder was selected by the Seattle Mariners in the 16th round (483 overall) of the 2011 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. Marder left UO as a draft-eligible sophomore. He spent two seasons with the Ducks batting .232 in 336 career at-bats. During two seasons, Marder drove in 52 runs, and recorded 17 doubles as well as seven home runs. In addition, the native of Calabasas, Calif., was plunked on 32 occasions.
In the classroom, Marder, was named to the 2011 Capital One Academic All-District VIII Second Team, as well as, the Pac-10 All-Academic Second Team with a 3.35 gpa.
Click here for Marder's professional stats
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