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Jake Esp
Jake  Esp

Class:
Junior

Hometown:
Sugar Grove, Ill.

High School:
Marmion Academy

Height / Weight:
6-4 / 215

Position:
P

Birthdate:
09/23/1996

Experience:
JR

Bats/Throws:
R/R

05/09/2018

Baseball vs. Penn

Villanova took on Penn in a mid-week home game on May 9, 2018 at the Villanova Ballpark at Plymouth.

On Esp: Took a big step forward last year in his second collegiate season ... Primed to continue making progress as a junior and will have a chance to earn significant innings during the course of the season ... Does a good job of keeping hitters off balance with both his fastball and secondary offerings.

Career: Has made 31 appearances in his first two collegiate seasons, with 29 of those outings coming in relief ... Owns a 2-1 career record with a 5.14 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP ... Has held opposing batters to a .235 average in 42.0 innings, and has faced 190 batters without giving up a home run ... Allowed 35 hits and 27 runs (24 earned) while issuing 20 walks and recording 16 strikeouts.

2017: Ranked second on the pitching staff with 21 appearances, all but one of which came in relief ... Went 2-1 with a 4.28 ERA while logging 33 2/3 innings ... Gave up 30 hits and held opponents to a .248 batting average against him, while not allowing any home runs to 148 batters faced ... Yielded 19 runs (16 earned) while walking 13 and striking out 14 ... Seven of his relief appearances were for two innings or longer ... Pitched four scoreless innings and gave up just one hit against Penn ... Later in the year recorded two outs against Penn to earn his first collegiate win ... Pitched two perfect innings against Oklahoma and had a season-high three strikeouts against both Boston College and Saint Joseph's ... Started a non-conference game at Army West Point and gave up just one earned run while pitching into the eighth inning ... Allowed five hits and two runs total over 7 1/3 frames, while walking one and striking out two to earn the win in an 8-3 triumph; BIG EAST: Appeared out of the bullpen in four conference contests ... Allowed three earned runs on six hits in 4 1/3 innings, while walking one and striking out two.

2016: Made 10 appearances, including one start ... Pitched 8 1/3 innings and had an 8.64 ERA while allowing five hits and eight earned runs ... Had seven walks and two strikeouts ... Opposing batters were 5-for-28 (.179) against him ... Tossed scoreless innings in relief against both Dartmouth and Saint Joseph's ... Allowed a hit and a run in a season-high two innings versus Stony Brook ... Made his first collegiate start at nationally-ranked Florida State; BIG EAST: Pitched out of the bullpen in three BIG EAST games ... Allowed one hit and two earned runs with a walk and two strikeouts over 2 1/3 innings ... Held hitters to going 1-for-8 (.125) against him ... Pitched scoreless innings of relief against both Seton Hall and Creighton.

Marmion Academy: Earned four varsity letters in baseball and three in basketball ... Was an all-area selection in basketball as a junior ... Ranks in the top ten in school history in games played and career points on the basketball team ... Inducted into the National Honor Society.

Personal: Born 9/23/96 in Sugar Grove, Ill. ... Older of two children of Douglas and Lynn Esp ... Has a younger sister, AnnaLeah (17) ... Chose to attend Villanova for the environment on campus and the school's excellent academic reputation ... Political Science major.

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