Jake Vance


Player profile

  • Year R-Senior
  • B/T R/R
  • Height 6-3
  • Weight 195
  • Hometown Canton, Ohio
  • Last School Central Catholic

Career Highlights

  • OSU Scholar-Athlete (2018)
  • Academic All-Big Ten (2018, 2020)
  • Prospect Summer League All-Star (2017)

2020 (Senior Season)

  • 0-0 with a 4.26 ERA and six strikeouts in 6.1 innings pitched over three appearances
  • Tossed a season-high three scoreless innings, allowing one hit and striking out four at Georgia Tech (2/21)

2019 (Junior Season)

  • 3-2 with a 6.37 ERA with 35 strikeouts and 20 walks in 41.0 IP in nine starts and 11 appearances
  • Claimed first win of the year in 2019 debut tying his career-high with six strikeouts in five innings vs. Seton Hall (2/18)
  • Pitched a career-high six innings, tying his career-high with six strikeouts on three runs, three earned and two walks in win over Toledo (3/27)
  • Claimed the win out of the bullpen, throwing four scoreless innings with one walk and four strikeouts vs. Dayton (4/10)
  • Struck out six in two innings in start vs. Wright State (5/8)

2018 (Sophomore Season)

  • 3-2 with a 4.25 ERA with 34 strikeouts in 36.0 innings of work with six starts in 14 appearances
  • Made 2018 debut vs. Wisconsin Milwaukee, allowing one run on two hits with one strikeout (2/18)
  • Struck out two and allowed two hits in two scoreless innings vs. No. 2 Oregon State (2/25)
  • Struck out four, allowing two runs on one hit in 2.1 innings of relief at No. 21 Coastal Carolina (3/10)
  • Earned his first collegiate win in four inning he scattered four hits on one run with three strikeouts and one walk at UNCW (3/14)
  • Pitched 4.1 innings on four hits, one run, no earned with three strikeouts and one walk in second win over year vs. Toledo (3/28)
  • Struck out a career-high six over 5.2 scoreless innings, scattering three hits with one walk in win over Ohio (4/10)
  • Fanned five over 3.0 innings in start vs. Youngstown State (4/18)
  • Tossed two scoreless innings of relief vs. No. 1 seed Minnesota with three strikeouts at Big Ten Tournament (5/26)

2017 (Freshman Season)

  • 0-3 with a 6.58 ERA with five starts in 10 appearances
  • Made collegiate debut vs. Kansas State, throwing 1.2 innings and allowed one run on three hits with two walks and received the loss (2/19)
  • Threw 1.2 scoreless innings with a strikeout and pair of walks vs. Utah (2/25)
  • Made his first career start pitching 3.2 innings allowing five hits and three runs with one strikeout in the win over Lehigh (3/14)
  • Made second start of the year vs. Northern Kentucky (4/19)
  • Struck out a season-high five batters in 3.2 innings of work, allowing three hits, two runs and three walks in third start of the year vs. No. 4 Texas Tech (5/3)

Canton Central Catholic

  • Lettered all four years
  • Underclass All-American and All-Region honorable mention in Perfect Game two years in a row
  • Was the winning pitcher in the 2015 DIII State Final game
  • 8-1 with a 1.34 ERA, 86 strikeouts in 68 innings pitched with one no-hitter in 2015
  • 8-2 mark with 1.36 ERA and 75 strikeouts in 2014
  • 5-3 with a 1.56 ERA in 2013
  • Tied for most wins in Central Catholic history with 25 victories


  • Son of Jerrod and Debbie Vance
  • Has three siblings, Jenna, Emmie, and Kam
  • Hopes to continue his baseball career and help people chase their dreams after he graduates
  • Hobbies include helping younger kids with baseball, watching football, and making people laugh
  • Father played football at Penn State
  • His cousin, Nate Romans, is a senior on the Buckeye baseball team
  • Strategic communications major