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6-2 / 205
34 former Dores set to open seasons this week
Esposito, Kemp earn MiLB Gold Gloves
Fulmer set to make second career start Saturday
Sophomore strikes out 10 in complete game win
Familiar foes face off in Super Regional
Vanderbilt vs. Louisville
Career Game Highs
Hits: 5, at Mississippi State (5/15/10)
Runs: 3, most recently vs. Kennesaw State (3/9/11)
RBI: 5, most recently vs. Lipscomb (4/20/10)
Walks: 2, most recently vs. Belmont (2/23/11)
HRs: 2, at Florida (4/4/10)
Strikeouts: 4, vs. Ole Miss (3/13/09)
Stolen Bases: 3, vs. Illinois State (3/6/10)
Coach Corbin Quote: Jason is a fun kid to watch offensively and defensively. He has played third base since he walked on our campus and plays it as well as any that I have seen. He has really made strides as a hitter as well and is one of the most complete offensive players in the SEC...he can do a lot of things to help us win.
2011: Extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a single at Auburn 4/3... Pushed his hitting streak to nine games going 1-for-4 at Auburn 4/2... Scored two runs going 2-for-5 to extend hitting streak to eight games at Auburn 4/1... Knocked in a run and scored a run going 1-for-5 to extend hitting streak to seven games against UT-Martin 3/29... Extended his hitting streak to six games going 1-for-4 at Arkansas 3/27... Drove in two runs going 2-for-4 at Arkansas 3/26... Singled going 1-for-4 against Arkansas 3/25... Knocked in two runs going 1-for-4 against Tennessee Tech 3/22... Went 1-for-5 against Mississippi State 3/20... Scored a run for the third straight game (five) going 1-for-3 in win over Mississippi State 3/19... Scored two runs and drove in another against Mississippi State 3/18... Knocked in a season-best four runs and hit his first home run of the year going 3-for-5 against Purdue 3/15... Drove in the tying run against UIC 3/13 going 1-for-3... Went 0-for-4 against UIC 3/12... Went 1-for-4 with a run scored, third straight game, against UIC 3/11... Scored a season-best and equaled a career-high with three runs going 2-for-3 with one RBI in win over Kennesaw State 3/9... Drove in a run for the sixth time in eight games going 2-for-4 with two runs scored and RBI against Wofford 3/8... Started at third base for the first time this year going 0-for-4 in second game against Brown 3/6... Drove in a run and went 2-for-5 in first game of twin bill against Brown 3/6... Had two hits and doubled for the second straight game going 2-for-4 in win over Brown 3/4... Doubled, scored and drove in a run in win over WKU 3/1, four straight games with at least one RBI... Went 1-for-2 with one RBI in loss to Stanford 2/27... Knocked in a season-best two runs against Stanford 2/26... Drove in a run and went 1-for-3 in series opening win over Stanford 2/25... Went 0-for-2 with a run scored and two stolen bases in home opener against Belmont 2/23... Scored a run but went 0-for-4 against USD in second game of doubleheader 2/20... Doubled and walked in first game of double dip at USD 2/20... Went 3-for-5 with two RBI and two steals in win at SDSU 2/19... Scored a run and went 0-for-1 on Opening Day at USD 2/18... Named a preseason All-American by Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball.
2010: Had excellent sophomore campaign, hitting .359 with 12 home runs and team-high 64 RBI... Led the SEC in doubles with 25 (ranks 3rd in school history)... Stole a team-high 31 bases in 35 opportunities (2nd best in SEC)... Collected 94 hits on the season (T6th in VU single season list)... Hit .364 (4-for-11) with five RBI, two home runs and four runs scored in three games against Florida State at the NCAA Super Regionals (6/11-6/13)... Was named to the NCAA Louisville Regional All-Tournament team after fitting .476 (10-for-21) with five RBI, two doubles, a home run and four runs scored in five games... Hit .333 (4-for-12) with two doubles and two runs scored in three-game series against Arkansas (5/20-5/22)... Posted a record setting weekend against Mississippi St. (5/14-5/16), going 8-for-11 with four doubles, six runs, three stolen bases and seven walks... Broke a 27-year old school record having reached base safely 15 consecutive times from Friday to Sunday against Miss. State... Tied a school record by walking five times against Mississippi St. Went 2-for-8 with three runs scored, including first walk-off home run of his career in the bottom of the 17th-inning vs. Louisville (5/11)... Went a combined 5-for-14 with four RBI, two walks and two runs scored in LSU series (5/7-5/9)... Went 2-for-5 with a double and two RBI against Austin Peay (4/27)... Drove in a season-high five runs and scored two of his own in four-hit, two stolen base game against Lipscomb (4/20)... Went a combined 4-for-10 with two doubles, two RBI and two runs scored in three game series with Auburn (4/16-4/18)... Went 3-for-4 with a game-high four RBI, including a triple and a double against Belmont (4/6)... Went 2-for-5 with a pair of solo home runs and three runs scored in series finale win against Florida (4/4)... Was 3-for-6 with three RBI and three runs scored in two games against Wofford (3/30-3/31)... Drove in a career-high five runs on 3-for-4 effort with a home run two runs scored against Wright State (3/24)... Was 2-for-4 with three RBI against Lipscomb (3/23)... Went 3-for-6 with three RBI and two stolen bases, including a home run, double, and three runs scored at Western Kentucky (3/17)... Went 5-for-10 with two RBI and four runs scored in Ohio series (3/12-3/14)... Went 3-for-5 with three stolen bases, two runs scored and an RBI against Illinois State (3/6)... Went 2-for-4 with two RBI, including mammoth home run against Southern Cal in Dodgertown Classic (2/27)... Was 7-of-14 with seven RBI, three doubles and six runs scored in season opening series with Niagara (2/19-2/21)... Tied a career high with four hits and five RBI, including two doubles and home run in Sunday game against Niagara (2/21).
2009: Hit .287 with 39 runs scored and 42 RBI on the season... Led team in stolen bases with 20... Started all 64 games at third base... Named to the Louisville All-Regional team after going 6-of-21 at the plate and stellar defense in five games at the Regional... Went 2-for-4 with a run scored in win over Louisville in the Louisville Regional (5/31)... Drove in two runs on 1-for-5 effort vs. Middle Tennessee State in first game of Louisville Regional... Went 2-for-2 with two runs scored and an RBI against Arkansas at the SEC Tournament (5/23)... Drove in three runs with two-run single and sacrifice fly in Saturday game against Georgia (5/9)... Went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI and a stolen base in series opener with Georgia (5/8)... Drove in a pair of runs in 2-for-3 effort with a run scored in second game of doubleheader against Belmont (5/5)... Went 1-for-3 with a double in Sunday game against South Carolina (5/3) ... Combined for two hits, two runs, and three RBI in the Mississippi State series (4/24-4/26)... Helped Vanderbilt to win a 10-inning thriller against Louisville with one run and RBI... Scored run and RBI against Alabama on 4/17... Contributed one run en route to shutting out Morehead State 8-0 on 4/15... Had two hits and two RBI against Middle Tennessee on 4/14... Hit third homer of year against Florida (4/3) ... Went 2-for-3 with double and two RBI against Auburn (3/29) ... Had career best four hits (4-for-5) with an RBI against Auburn (3/27) ... Went 2-for-3 with a double, stolen base and an RBI against Austin Peay (3/24)... Went a team-best 2-for-4 in Saturday game against Kentucky (3/21)... Went 2-for-5 with a double, stolen base and two runs scored against Belmont (3/18)... Drove in a pair a runs with second straight multi-hit game (2-for-4) including a double and ninth stolen base of the season against South Alabama (3/17)... Went 2-for-3 with one run scored and a stolen base in Sunday game against Ole Miss (3/15)... Went 3-for-5 with two doubles, two RBI and two runs scored in Sunday game vs. UIC (3/8)... Connected on second homerun of the season with three-run shot in bottom of the first inning in third game of the UIC series (3/7)... Went 2-for-4 with two stolen bases and two runs scored in second game of UIC series (3/6)... Drove in two runs with 2-for-4 effort including first triple of collegiate career against Lipscomb (3/3)... Went a combined 5-for-10 with three RBI two doubles and two runs scored in Vermont series... Recorded second straight multi-hit game with two hits in four at-bats and one stolen base... Recorded first collegiate base-hit with double in fourth inning in game one of the Feb. 21 doubleheader with Stanford... Hit first collegiate homerun in same game against Stanford... Finished the game with four RBI, three hits and two runs scored ... Hit .198 with two doubles, six stolen bases and eight RBI in 32 games for Falmouth in the Cape Cod League.
High School: Named the 2008 All-State MVP, All-Area MVP, New Haven Register MVP, Connecticut Post MVP, Hartford Courant MVP, Gatorade Player of the Year, Connecticut Coca-Cola Player of the Year, Offensive Player of the Year, 2007 Gold Glove and Louisville Slugger All-American... Seventh round pick by the Kansas City Royals in the 2008 First-year player draft... Ranked as the 69th best draft prospect by Perfect Game... Also named 2006-08 All-Area Team, 2007-08 All-State, and 2006 MVP of SCC Tourn... Helped his team to 2005, 08 Housy Championships, SCC Champs 2006, 07, and back-to-back State Championships in 2006-07... Was a four-year letterwinner in baseball and was voted team captain during junior and senior years... Played for the South Florida Bandits, coached by legendary Mark Holtzman... Named Perfect Game All-American.
Personal: Jason Michael Esposito... Born 7/19/90... Son of Michael and Roseann Esposito... Has one sibling, Mark... A sociology major... Favorites include the movie A Bronx Tale, Drake, SportsCenter and rapper Lil Wayne... Would be an ESPN Analyst if he wasn't playing baseball... Nickname is Espo ... If he could change one thing about his sport it would be to change from aluminum to wood bats... His advice to youngsters is to never settle for less than you deserve... Chose Vanderbilt because of the great athletics and academics combination.