Villanova wins 28 games, has .500 or better record for eighth time in 11 years
Villanova loses opener of three-game series
Marlon Calbi goes 3-for-3, reaches base five straight times at top of the order
Sophomore righty allows one hit over six innings as Villanova events series
Helisek goes season-high 7 1/3 innings for Villanova, scatters just three earned runs
Villanova defeated NYIT by a final score of 14-3 at the Villanova Ballpark at Plymouth on Friday, March 16.
On Calbi: Enjoyed a breakthrough season offensively a year ago and is one of the team's most reliable returning hitters ... Excellent situational hitter who can hit near the top of the lineup ... Shows tremendous range and a plus arm at shortstop.
Career: Has the most career games played and games started on the current team with 146 games and 135 starts ... Career .278 (127-457) hitter with a .371 on-base percentage and a .337 slugging percentage ... Scored 73 runs and has 44 runs batted in while totaling 20 doubles, two triples and one home run ... Has drawn 41 walks and been hit by a pitch 30 times while striking out only 72 times in 563 plate appearances ... Laid down 29 sacrifice bunts and has six sacrifice flies ... Has gone 6-for-7 on stolen base attempts ... In the field has totaled 225 putouts and 439 assists with a .929 fielding percentage.
BIG EAST Regular Season: Played in 77 conference games with 69 starts while batting .308 (69-224) with a .403 on-base percentage and a .366 slugging percentage ... Has amassed 283 plate appearances with only 32 strikeouts while accumulating 33 runs scored, 20 RBI, 11 doubles and one triple ... Walked 22 times, has been hit by a pitch 17 times and has 15 sacrifice bunts and five sacrifice flies ... Stole two bases in four tries ... In the field has 127 putouts, 232 assists and a .928 fielding percentage.
2011: One of four players on the team who played in and started every game ... Tied for the team lead with a .325 batting average (62-191) and compiled a .427 on-base percentage and a .382 slugging percentage ... Scored a team-high 32 runs, ranked third on the team with 11 doubles and had 12 runs batted in ... Drew 16 walks, was hit by a pitch a team-high 18 times and struck out only 19 times in 234 plate appearances ... Ranked second on the team with nine sacrifice bunts ... Stole six bases in seven tries ... Handled 283 chances in the field with 79 putouts, 185 assists and 19 errors (.933 fielding percentage) ... Recorded 18 multi-hit games ... Had the longest hitting streak on the team during the year with a 12-game streak from March 25-April 15 ... Batted .400 (20-for-50) during the streak, which came during a longer streak of 25 consecutive games reaching base safely ... Twice during the season was hit by a pitch in three consecutive contests ... Had a seven-game hit streak from April 22-May 6 during which he batted .478 (11-for-23) with four multi-hit games, eight runs scored and five walks; BIG EAST: Started all 27 conference games and ranked third in the BIG EAST in both batting average and on-base percentage ... Hit .390 (39-100) with a .492 on-base percentage and a .450 slugging percentage ... Had 19 runs scored, six doubles and four RBI while walking 12 times, getting hit by a pitch eight times and striking out just nine times in 125 plate appearances ... Had five sacrifice bunts and two stolen bases in three tries ... Had a career-high four hits at Pittsburgh ... Recorded 47 putouts, 94 assists and 11 errors in the field (.928 fielding percentage).
2010: Played in 51 games with 50 starts ... Hit .248 (41-165) with seven doubles, two triples and a home run ... Scored 30 runs and had 20 RBI ... Walked seven times, was hit by a pitch 12 times and had a team-high 14 sacrifice bunts and five sacrifice flies ... Posted a .317 on-base percentage and a .333 slugging percentage ... Stole three bases without being caught ... Hit his first collegiate home run in a win at La Salle ... Registered a fielding percentage of .927 with 84 putouts, 144 assists and 18 errors in 246 total chances; BIG EAST: Played in and started all 27 regular season BIG EAST games and batted .238 (20-84) with a .320 on-base percentage and a .310 slugging percentage ... Scored nine runs and had 11 RBI with four doubles and a triple ... Walked three times, was hit by a pitch on nine occasions and struck out 16 times ... Recorded seven sacrifice bunts and four sacrifice flies ... Tallied 55 putouts, 85 assists and 11 errors (.927 fielding percentage).
2009: Appeared in 43 games with 33 starts ... Batted .238 (24-101) for the season with a .350 on-base percentage and a .257 slugging percentage ... Drew 18 walks and struck out 23 times ... Tallied two doubles, scored 11 runs and had 12 RBI ... Finished third on the team with six sacrifice bunts and also had one sacrifice fly ... Demonstrated good defensive skills with 63 putouts, 111 assists and 14 errors (.926 fielding percentage); BIG EAST: Started 15 of the 23 BIG EAST games he played in and batted .250 (10-40) with a .354 on-base percentage and a .275 slugging percentage ... Scored five runs, drove in five and had one extra-base hit, a double ... Walked seven times and struck out seven times ... Laid down three sacrifice bunts and had one sacrifice fly ... In the field registered 25 putouts, 53 assists and six errors (.929 fielding percentage).
Villanova Football Team: One of two players on the current roster, along with catcher Adam Nelson, who play both baseball and football for the Wildcats ... As a football player served as a holder for field goals and extra points and played in 51 career games, including all 15 games during the team's 2009 championship season ... Attempted one pass in his career and threw for a 17-yard touchdown.
Montclair High School: Lettered four years in baseball as a shortstop and three years in football as a quarterback ... Four-time NNJIL All-League selection in baseball ... First team All-Essex County and second team all-state honoree ... Named the Sidelinechatter.com Essex County Baseball Player of the Year in 2008 ... Was a two-time team captain and Most Valuable Player ... Batted .575 as a senior and had 10 saves as his team's closer ... As a football player holds the school record for the most consecutive games started as a varsity player with 34.
Personal: Born 2/22/90 in Montclair, N.J. ... Younger of two children of Gregory and Dana Calbi ... Has an older sister, Simone (24), who lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina ... Majoring in Communications and is a BIG EAST Academic All-Star.