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Jake Esp
Jake  Esp


Sugar Grove, Ill.

High School:
Marmion Academy

Height / Weight:
6-4 / 215





On Esp: Promising young pitcher who got his first taste of collegiate competition last season ... Does a good job of keeping hitters off balance ... Should continue to make progress as he grows within the Villanova system, and will be in competition to earn a role on the pitching staff this season.

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 (16) ... Chose to attend Villanova for the environment on campus and the school's excellent academic reputation ... Enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and has yet to declare a major.