Last Build Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 20:46:11 EDT
Wed, 29 Mar 2017 20:38:00 EDTAfter another weekend off, the Wildcats (3-12) faced Saint Joseph's (5-12) in back to back games at Smithson Field on Wednesday afternoon. In a Liberty Bell Classic quarterfinal game, Villanova powered through a 7-3 win to advance to the semifinals. Strong pitching from lefthander Hunter Schryver and clutch hitting from freshman Timothy Lilly helped the Wildcats' to their successful win.
Tue, 28 Mar 2017 14:54:00 EDTSenior second baseman Todd Czinege (Overland Park, Kan.) and senior starting pitcher Hunter Schryver (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) were each among the 30 initial student-athletes named on Monday afternoon as candidates for the 2017 Senior CLASS Award. The prestigious honor is presented to a student-athlete who has notable achievements in the areas of community, classroom, character and competition. The initial list of 30 candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season.
Tue, 28 Mar 2017 14:38:00 EDTInclement weather has once again forced a change to the baseball schedule, although this time around Mother Nature will only force a 24-hour postponement. Villanova will face Saint Joseph's at Smithson Field in Merion Station in the quarterfinal round of the Liberty Bell Classic on Wednesday afternoon at 3 p.m. The teams met for a midweek game last Tuesday, which was the last time the Wildcats were on the field.
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 20:07:00 EDTFollowing a 10-day layoff in between games due to the cold and snowy weather that affected the area last week, Villanova (2-12) was back on the field on Tuesday afternoon and lost a 9-1 decision to Saint Joseph’s (2-11) at Smithson Field. Freshman left fielder Tyler Bruno (Breinigsville, Pa.) and senior second baseman Todd Czinege (Overland Park, Kan.) had three hits apiece for the Wildcats, who scored their only run in the top of the first inning but continued to put runners on base throughout the contest.
Wed, 15 Mar 2017 14:09:00 EDTThe first three home games of the 2017 season, which were all part of the Big Five Baseball Bash, were cancelled on Wednesday afternoon as a result of the forecast for cold weather and the amount of snowfall in the Philadelphia region earlier this week. The annual tournament, organized by Villanova and also featuring La Salle and Saint Joseph's as host teams, would have brought Iona, Towson and UMass-Lowell into town this weekend.
Mon, 13 Mar 2017 18:10:00 EDTSchryver pitched seven flawless innings of scoreless baseball to help the team to a 10-1 victory over Iowa.
Sat, 11 Mar 2017 13:25:00 EDTSenior second baseman Todd Czinege (Overland Park, Kan.) drove in three runs for the second straight game and was one of three players with multi-hit games but a five-run third inning was too much to overcome as Villanova (2-11) fell to Western Michigan (7-6) by a final count of 11-6 at South County Park on Saturday morning. The game was the last of six for the Wildcats during their Spring Break trip to the Sunshine State.
Fri, 10 Mar 2017 18:09:00 EDTSenior second baseman Todd Czinege (Overland Park, Kan.) and sophomore catcher Doug deMarrais (Bernardsville, N.J.) each homered and drove in three runs, senior starting pitcher Hunter Schryver (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) struck out nine over seven-plus shutout innings and Villanova (2-10) rolled to a 10-1 win over Iowa (7-5) at North Charlotte Regional Park on Friday afternoon. All nine batters in the Wildcats lineup reached base safely at least once in the rout, and the team finished with a season-high 13 hits.
Wed, 08 Mar 2017 21:36:00 EDTIn a matchup of former BIG EAST foes, Villanova (1-10) scored its only run of the game with two outs in the top of the sixth inning and fell to USF (11-1) by a final score of 8-1 at the USF Baseball Stadium on Wednesday evening. Freshman left fielder Tyler Bruno (Breinigsville, Pa.) doubled home the Wildcats run in the sixth inning to take over the team lead for RBI this season. Freshman right-handed pitcher Ryan Pfutzenreuter (Deerfield, Ill.) allowed one earned run over 2 2/3 innings in his first collegiate start.
Mon, 06 Mar 2017 17:44:00 EDTCzinege helped the Wildcats to their first win of the season against Central Michigan with a two-out double in the ninth to give VU insurance runs to clinch the victory. He averaged .333 with 13 hits, two RBI, a double and four runs.
Sun, 05 Mar 2017 19:34:00 EDTA close game early on turned in the fifth inning and Villanova (1-9) came out on the short end of a 7-1 score against Boston College (4-5) at North Charlotte Regional park on Sunday afternoon. Four runs by the Eagles in the bottom of the fifth broke the game open, and neither team scored from that point on. Junior right-hander Conor McCarthy (Glenview, Ill.) pitched three innings of perfect relief for the Wildcats, retiring all nine batters he faced with a career-high five strikeouts.
Sat, 04 Mar 2017 15:40:00 EDTSophomore closer Zach Lutner (Sicklerville, N.J.) recorded a strikeout and a fly to right after inheriting the potential tying and winning runs in the bottom of the ninth inning, and Villanova (1-8) earned its first win of the season with a 4-3 triumph over Central Michigan (3-6) in the Snowbird Baseball Classic on Saturday afternoon. In a game that was scoreless until the sixth inning at North Charlotte Regional Park, the Wildcats made big plays when they needed them at the plate, in the field and on the mound.
Fri, 03 Mar 2017 18:15:00 EDTIn the first game of its six-game Florida trip, Villanova (0-8) got solid pitching from senior starter Hunter Schryver (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) and the bullpen to go along with three hits from senior second baseman Todd Czinege (Overland Park, Kan.) in a 3-1 loss to Ball State (5-3) on Friday afternoon. Seven pitchers for the Wildcats combined to give up just six hits on the day, while the lineup produced nine hits.
Wed, 01 Mar 2017 13:39:00 EDTThe Wildcats gear up for their annual Spring Break trip to Port Charlotte, Fla. Over the week, Villanova will play six different games, including Ball State, Central Michigan, Boston College, USF, Iowa, and Western Michigan.
Mon, 27 Feb 2017 16:09:00 EDTSenior infielder Todd Czinege (Overland Park, Kan.) joined a club of Villanova baseball greats this past weekend when he became the 12th hitter in program history with at least 200 career hits. Czinege reached the milestone with a leadoff infield single in the top of the seventh inning against Northern Illinois on Sunday morning. That single was one of three in the game for Czinege, who finished the day 3-for-4 with a walk and a run scored. He now has 201 career hits in 159 career games.