|Hometown:||Honea Path, S.C.|
|High School:||Belton-Honea Path HS|
Honors & Awards
2017 Southern Conferene Academic Honor Roll
2016 Southern Conference All-Freshman Team
2016 Southern Conference All-Tournament Team
2016 Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll
2017 — Followed up a strong freshman season with a solid second campaign, serving as the Paladins’ regular third baseman and also on the mound in both relief and spot starting roles...started at third base in 51 games and made one start at shortstop versus Georgia...made 18 pitching appearances (1-4, 6.33 ERA, 4 Saves)...hit .309 with two home runs and 32 RBI...was batting .248 on Apr. 9 with Furman sporting a .12-20 overall record and 1-8 SoCon mark...heated up to swat .383 (36x94) the rest of the way, playing a key role in the Paladins’ posting a 21-8 overall mark and going 13-2 in league play over the their final 15 games...defensive work followed a similar pattern, fielding .877 (7 errors) over the first 17 games while notching a .935 clip (6 errors) the rest of the way...registered seven multiple-hit performances over the first 10 games (.306, 15x49)...hit just .205 (14x68) over the next 19 games...stroked a three-run triple in a 19-2 rout of The Citadel...two games later went 4-for-6 and scored four runs in a 27-10 pasting of Gardner-Webb...hit a three-run home run (2x4, 4 RBI) against VMI (8-2 win)...fashioned an impressive SoCon Tournament, going 9-for-21 (.429) in five starts at third base and delivering a solid start (5.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K...ND) against East Tennessee State (8-6 win) to send Furman into the championship round against UNC Greensboro...notched saves against Dayton (1.0 IP, 2 K), USC Upstate (1.0 P, 2 H, 1 BB), Presbyterian (1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB), and Western Carolina (0.1 IP, 1BB)...earned his victory in relief versus Western Carolina (1.1 IP, 1 H)...named to the SoCon Academic Honor Roll.
2016 — Displayed tremendous versatility and consistency in his inaugural season of collegiate ball, combining to record 52 starts at four different positions (shortstop, third base, designated hitter, and pitcher)...also proved very effective in the role of closer late in the campaign...hit .302 with one home run and 31 RBI...his 15 doubles led the squad...was named to the Southern Conference All-Freshman Team, and also collected SoCon All-Tournament honors after hitting .389 (7x18) in four tourney games and providing the Paladins with a quality start on the mound in a 2-0 season ending loss to Samford, working a season high eight innings...in all made nine early season starts at shortstop before moving to third base, where he started in 33 contests...hit .354, and fielded .938 over Furman’s final 30 games...racked up five saves in his final 10 appearances (nine in relief) — a span that saw him work 18 1/3 inning and post a 1.47 ERA...batted in six different spots in the order, most often third (24 games)...enjoyed a memorable collegiate starting debut (at shortstop) by going 4-for-6 with a home run, three RBI, and scoring three runs, highlighted by a walk-off RBI single with two outs in the bottom of the 11th inning to beat Presbyterian, 9-8, at Flour Field on Feb. 21...went 3-for-4 with two doubles in Furman’s next game against Dayton (8-1 win)...in his first start at third base, made a diving stop to his left and completed the throw to first base for the final out to preserve a 6-5 victory at ETSU, stranding the potential tying run at third base...collected four hits over the final two games at West Virginia, helping Furman to the series victory over the Mountaineers...dialed up a 4-for-4 performance with two doubles versus UNCG (18-11 loss)...went 3-for-4 and drove in a pair of runs to help Furman erase a 6-1 deficit en route to an 8-6 win over Presbyterian at Latham Stadium...went 7-for-14 (.500) in first three SoCon Tournament games, highlighted by 3-for-6, two-run display in 15-10 triumph over UNCG....toed the rubber for five early season Sunday starts, which included solid outings against Dayton (7.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K), Tulane (6.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 6 K), and Davidson (6.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 1 K)...moved to the bullpen in mid-April and proceeded to post saves against Mercer (2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB), The Citadel (0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R), UNC Asheville (1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 K), VMI (1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 K), and Wofford (1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K)...named to the SoCon Academic Honor Roll.
High School: 2015 graduate and Salutatorian of Belton-Honea Path (3A) High School...baseball coach was Steve Williams...pitched and played shortstop and third base...three-time all-region, Anderson Independent All-Area, and South Carolina Coaches Association All-State selection...also named 2015 South Carolina Gatorade Player of the Year and to South Carolina’s Select Team after keying BHP to a state championship with a 3-2, 12-inning victory over Hartsville to complete a two-game series sweep...put BHP in position for state crown with a complete game shutout from the mound in game one, a 4-0 win...posted a 10-0 record with a 1.03 ERA as a senior, allowing just 33 hits, eight earned runs, and 11 walks over 69 1/3 innings while striking out 88...at the plate he hit .320 with two home runs and 25 RBI...posted a 7-3 record and 1.48 ERA as a junior...threw a no-hitter (15 strikeouts) against West-Oak...was rated the No. 4 pitcher and 13th best overall talent in the state by Perfect Game.
Personal: Full name is Jake Austin Crawford...born October 4, 1996, in Greenville, South Carolina...son of Steve and Tammy Crawford...health sciences major.