|Hometown:||Port Matilda, Pa.|
|High School:||State College / Walters State|
Honors & Awards
2017 Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll
2017 — Fashioned a solid first season at Furman, serving as the Paladins’ backup catcher to Cameron Whitehead and also a late season starter at first base following a season ending injury to All-SoCon performer Brandon Elmy...registered action in 39 games and made 33 starts, including 17 at catcher, 10 as designated hitter, and six at first base...hit .314 with five home runs and 21 RBI...went 1-for-4 with an RBI and scored two runs in his first game (start at dh) as a Paladin against Presbyterian (6-0 win)...homered in his first two at bats, including a grand slam (2x5, 5 RBI, 2 runs) in 10-7 loss to Butler...doubled, homered and scored three runs in a 4-for-4 performance in series clinching win versus N.C. A&T (7-3)...doubled twice in a 3-for-4 outing at South Carolina (6-1 loss)...went 2-for-3 with a home run, three RBI, scored three runs, and swiped two bases versus Western Carolina in series opening, 6-5 win in Cullohwee on Apr. 13, sparking the Paladins to eight straight wins and 11 consecutive SoCon triumphs thru May 6...took over starting duties at first base after Brandon Elmy suffered a season ending knee injury versus Belmont on May 19...went 8-for-22 (two doubles, HR, 4 RBI) in six starts in SoCon Tournament play...doubled and drove in a pair of runs in 3-for-3 performance against UNCG (6-4 win) to force final game, winner-take-all championship game against the Spartans...named to SoCon Academic Honor Roll.
Junior College/High School: 2016 graduate of Walters State (Ala.) Community College...hit .382 with four doubles and 15 RBI in his first season at Walters State, helping his squad to a Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) championship...suffered a season ending injury early in the 2015 campaign...returned as a redshirt sophomore in 2016 to hit .358 with four doubles, five home runs, and three triples while totaling 27 RBI on TCCAA title team that went on to finish third at the JUCO World Series...2013 graduate of State College Area High School...played catcher and first base for Bill Tussey...batted .360 and drvoe in 25 runs, earning All-Mid Penn honors in leading his team to a District Six Championship...averaged 14.8 points and shot 42 percent from 3-point range in basketball his senior year.
Personal: Full name is Jason Robert Costa...son of Bob and Barbara Costa...born October 3, 1994, in Port Matilda, Pennsylvania...business administration major.