Villanova had three players named to all-star teams or top prospect lists over the summer
Villanova wins 28 games, has .500 or better record for eighth time in 11 years
Second loss in as many games marks first series loss since 2007 to Scarlet Knights
Marlon Calbi goes 3-for-3, reaches base five straight times at top of the order
Villanova loses two of three at home to Fighting Irish with Sunday loss
On Almonte: Steady presence on the mound who has been a two-year member of the weekend starting rotation ... His wealth of experience will be a valuable asset to the pitching staff again this season ... Possesses excellent control of a fastball with plus velocity ... Uses his secondary pitches effectively.
Career: Has pitched in 35 games with 29 starts ... Owns a career record of 4-11 with a 5.36 ERA ... In 149.1 innings pitched has allowed 185 hits and 114 runs (89 earned) while walking 63 and striking out 84 ... Has given up just three home runs to 707 batters faced ... In 29 career starts has allowed three earned runs or fewer 21 times.
2014: Made 12 starts as a member of the weekend rotation and compiled a 1-6 record with a 5.55 ERA ... His 12 starts and 58 1/3 innings pitched ranked second on the team ... Allowed 78 hits and 46 runs (36 earned) while walking 24 and striking out 25 ... Faced 288 batters and did not allow a single home run ... Surrendered three earned runs or fewer in eight of his starts ... Made four quality starts and pitched into the sixth inning on three other occasions ... Gave up just three hits and an earned run over seven innings in his first start of the season at Charleston Southern ... Earned the win with six strong innings against Quinnipiac ... Had a season-high five strikeouts in his final start of the year versus Penn State; BIG EAST: Started five conference games and was 0-3 with a 6.45 ERA over 22 1/3 innings pitched ... Gave up 32 hits and 19 runs (16 earned), with 13 walks and 12 strikeouts ... Allowed three earned runs on six hits over 6.0 innings in a 5-4 win over St. John's ... Walked none and struck out four in 5 2/3 strong innings at Xavier.
2012: Started all 12 of his appearances and went 1-5 with a 5.63 ERA ... Pitched 56.0 innings and allowed 66 hits and 44 runs (35 earned), with 22 walks and 41 strikeouts ... Allowed three earned runs or fewer in nine of his 12 starts and pitched into at least the sixth inning five times ... Surrendered only two home runs to 259 batters faced ... Struck out a career-high nine batters in a home start against La Salle, going six innings in which he allowed just two earned runs in an eventual 7-5 victory ... Was the winning pitcher against University of the Sciences, going five innings and striking out seven while allowing just two hits and no earned runs; BIG EAST: Made four starts in conference games and went 0-3 despite pitching to a 4.37 ERA over 22 2/3 innings ... Allowed 22 hits and held opponents to a .262 batting average ... Gave up 13 runs (11 earned) and walked eight while striking out 16 ... Faced 97 batters and did not allow a home run ... Pitched a season-high 6 1/3 innings against both USF and Rutgers ... In those two starts combined walked three and struck out six while allowing five earned runs on 10 hits over 12 2/3 innings.
2011: Pitched in 11 games with five starts and finished the year with a 2-0 record and a 4.63 ERA ... Logged 35.0 innings pitched and allowed 41 hits and 24 runs (18 earned) ... Issued 17 walks and had 18 strikeouts ... Allowed two earned runs or less in four of his five starts and pitched to a 3.76 ERA over 26 1/3 innings in those appearances ... Villanova was 4-1 in the games he started, although he received a no-decision in each start ... Struck out a season-high four batters in starts against Temple and Manhattan; BIG EAST: Pitched in four games with two starts and compiled a 3.07 ERA in 14 2/3 innings ... Surrendered 13 hits and held opponents to a .245 batting average ... Allowed eight runs (five earned) while walking nine and striking out four ... Started his final two appearances of the season against Rutgers and St. John's, allowing five earned runs over 12 1/3 innings (3.65 ERA) ... His 6 1/3 innings pitched against Rutgers were a season high.
Holy Trinity High School: Played four years of baseball and earned two varsity letters ... Also received one varsity letter in football and played two years of basketball ... Was an all-league selection as a senior after compiling a 7-1 record for the year and leading his team to a Nassau-Suffolk CHSAA championship ... Academic Honor Roll student all four years.
Personal: Born 3/4/92 in Far Rockaway, N.Y. ... Youngest of three children of Maximo and Maria Almonte ... Has a brother, Marcos (35) and a sister, Nilka (31) ... Graduated from Villanova in the spring of 2014 with a degree in Communication ... Currently enrolled in the Graduate Liberal Arts and Sciences program.