Jake Stephens | #14 | P
Hometown: Marietta, Ga.
Previous School: Northwest Florida State (Lassiter HS)
Major: Exercise Science
Career: Finished his two years at UWF ranked fifth in school history with a 2.55 career earned run average… also ranks seventh all-time with just 2.07 walks per nine innings… finished with a 14-4 career record, good for sixth in school history in winning percentage (.778).
2013 Tino Martinez Award Semifinalist
2013 NCBWA All-America Third Team
2013 Daktronics All-America Honorable Mention
2013 Daktronics South Region Pitcher of the Year
2013 NCBWA South Region Pitcher of the Year
2013 ABCA All-South Region First Team
2013 Daktronics All-South Region First Team
2013 NCBWA All-South Region First Team
2013 Gulf South Conference Pitcher of the Year
2013 All-Gulf South Conference First Team
2013 NCAA South Regional All-Tournament Team
2013: Started his senior season in the bullpen as he recovered from surgery and finished the year as the team’s ace starter… made 15 appearances and 11 starts on the mound… finished the year with an 8-1 record and a 1.63 ERA… ranked 17th in Division II in ERA and led all starting pitchers in the South Region… his 1.63 single season ERA ranked fifth all-time in school history… had a 1.12 ERA in 40.1 innings pitched in Gulf South Conference play… finished with three complete games, including two shutouts… also had two saves as a reliever early in the season… struck out 54 batters and walked only 17 in 77.1 innings pitched… limited opponents to a .206 batting average… picked up a save after pitching 3.1 scoreless innings in the Argos’ win over Delta State on 3/3… did not allow a run in 26 straight innings, a streak that spanned his last four regular season starts… gave up one run in nine innings in the Argos’ 4-1 win over Alabama Huntsville at the GSC Tournament on 5/3… after a seven-inning, 92-pitch outing in UWF’s first game at the NCAA South Regional, came back on two days rest to pitch a complete game win over tournament host Tampa to force a winner-take-all final game.
2012 All-Gulf South Conference Second Team
NCBWA South Region Pitcher of the Week 5/10/12
2012: Led the team with three complete games… second on the team with 13 starts… posted a 3.44 ERA with a 6-3 record… struck out 62 batters in 70.2 innings of work… fifth in the GSC with 30 batters striking out looking... held opponents to a .261 average… highlighted his season with a complete game shutout facing the minimum number of batters in a UWF win over Valdosta State at the GSC Tournament.
2011: (Northwest Florida State College) Helped lead the team to a conference championship and a state runner-up finish.
2010: (Northwest Florida State College) Was named to all-conference second team.
High School: Attended Lassiter High School from 2005-09... lettered three years on the baseball and basketball teams... in 2007 was named his team's Rookie of the Year as a pitcher on the baseball team... in 2009 was named to all-state second team and was a all-region selection.
Personal: Son of Bennett and LaDonna Stephens... has two siblings Brandon and Ryan Stephens... brother Brandon is currently a catcher at the University of Georgia... after graduation he plans to become a physicians assistant.