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One of six seniors and three fourth-year members of the program on this year’s roster… joins Trey Bongiovanni as a three-year varsity letterwinner… tops active players in numerous career pitching statistics, including appearances (40), starts (tied with 22) and combined pitching wins, losses and saves (23)… second in wins (tied with 10), innings (150) and strikeouts (158)...

COACH HOLOWATY: "He has stepped it up on and off the field. I've been very proud of his development within the last half a year. I expect him to have a very good year."

 LAST YEAR: Tied for ninth in the Little East Conference in ERA (3.35) and was second in strikeouts (63), totaling a career season-high in the latter category… team-leading strikeout avg. of 10.6 per nine innings rated 15th nationally in Division III… among the leaders on the staff with a strikeout-to-walk ratio which was better than 3-for-1… along with Jimmy Jagodzinski, was 2-0 in post-season… in two post-season starts (13 1/3 innings), had a 3.38 ERA and 16 strikeouts and only four walks and limited opponents to a staff-best .170 batting average… started the LEC tournament opener, pitching  into the sixth inning of a 20-7 win over UMass Dartmouth… in the regional winners’ bracket game against Keene State, shut down the Owls on two hits and one run over a season-high eight innings, fanning nine and walking only one and hitting a batter in a 6-1 triumph… fanned a season-high ten and walked only two in just five innings in his first start of the year in a 7-4 loss to Williams College March 20 in Chandler, AZ… evened his record at 2-2 by pitching the first seven innings in a 14-3 win at  regional rival Trinity College April 24… 

AS A SOPHOMORE: Went five innings in his fifth start of the season to record his only win, 15-6, at Babson April 30… gained the first two saves of his career in post-season play… pitched the final inning of a 5-2 win over Keene State which clinched the LEC title for his first save and hurled the final 2 1/3 innings of a +4-3 win over St. Lawrence in the regional opener for his second… made six appearances - five out of the bullpen - in post-season play… did not have a decision in 7 2/3 post-season innings, fanning nine and walking eight and posting a 10.57 ERA… made his one post-season start in the first game of the regional championship set against Cortland State, allowing three (earned) runs in 2 1/3 innings in Eastern's +9-5 win… pitched a season-high 6.0 innings without a decision in his third start of the year when the Warriors dropped a -3-4 decision against La Verne in California… fanned a season-high seven (with only one walk) in his win over Babson…  

AS A FRESHMAN: Named program's second conference Rookie-of-the-Year in five years... tied for second in the conference in wins and starts, tied for fifth in strikeouts and was fifth in opponents' batting average (.213), and sixth in innings... in six conference starts, was 4-2 with a 1.96 ERA and 40 strikeouts in a staff-high 41 1/3 innings... second on the staff to Ryan DiPietro by averaging 8.45 strikeouts per nine innings...  

HIGH SCHOOL: Four-year member of baseball (pitcher) and football teams and two-year member of basketball team…all-conference baseball selection as a junior and senior… all-Levi Jackson selection in football…   

PERSONAL: born Joseph P. Esposito June 16, 1986 (21)… major: Communication… hobbies: fishing… parents: Liz and Joe... residence: East Haven, CT...

Career Statistics Thru 2008

JOE ....REVEALED

Favorite actor/actress: Jennifer Aniston

Favorite professional team: Dallas Cowboys

Favorite sport to watch on TV: Baseball

If you won lotto, what would you do with the money?: Buy an island

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