Second loss in as many games marks first series loss since 2007 to Scarlet Knights
Villanova loses two of three at home to Fighting Irish with Sunday loss
Second combined one-hitter of the season carries Villanova to easy victory
Wager and Sciacca have four hits apiece; Almonte strikes out career-high nine
Connor Jones drove in game-tying and go-ahead runs in bottom of the eighth inning
On Diaz: One of the key arms out of the bullpen in the late innings for Villanova ... Uses his side-arm delivery to generate a high percentage of ground ball outs ... Has excellent command of all his pitches ... Has been used in a number of roles but is at his best in close and late situations.
Career: Has appeared in 50 games out of the bullpen and gone 4-2 with one save and a 5.20 ERA ... In 64.0 innings pitched has allowed 76 hits and 45 runs (37 earned) with 21 walks and 27 strikeouts ... Opponents are batting .299 against him and he has surrendered just four home runs to 292 batters faced.
BIG EAST Regular Season: Pitched in 24 games and is 2-0 with a 3.99 ERA against conference opponents ... Batters are hitting .307 against him with 35 hits allowed in 29 1/3 innings ... Surrendered 19 runs (13 earned) with eight walks and nine strikeouts ... Has faced 114 batters and not allowed a home run.
2011: Made 21 appearances and was 3-1 with one save and a 7.03 ERA ... Pitched 24 1/3 innings and allowed 32 hits ... Surrendered 24 runs (19 earned) and issued eight walks with 12 strikeouts ... Allowed one home run to 115 batters faced and hitters batted .330 against him ... In his last five appearances of the season compiled a 2.45 ERA and a .136 opponent batting average (two earned runs on three hits in 7 1/3 innings) ... Matched a career high with three strikeouts in the season opener at Norfolk State, when he allowed one hit over 1 2/3 scoreless innings ... Pitched two innings of scoreless relief against Manhattan for his first win of the season ... Registered the final two outs of a win against Lafayette for his first collegiate save; BIG EAST: Made 10 appearances and was 2-0 with a 5.14 ERA ... Pitched 14.0 innings and gave up 17 hits and 12 runs (eight earned) while walking five and striking out six ... Opponents hit .315 against him ... Pitched a season-high three scoreless innings and earned a win against Seton Hall ... Went 1 2/3 innings with no hits allowed and two strikeouts to earn a win against Rutgers in the final home game of the season.
2010: Pitched in 26 games out of the bullpen and his appearances ranked as the third most in a single season in school history ... Went 1-1 with a 3.65 ERA ... Logged 37.0 innings and allowed 38 hits and 18 runs (15 earned) while walking 12 and striking out 11 ... Surrendered three home runs and held opponents to a .266 batting average against him ... Did not allow an earned run in 15 of his 26 outings, including a stretch of six straight games late in the season ... Went three innings while allowing just one hit to earn his first career win against Lafayette; Pitched a career-high 3 1/3 innings versus Marist; BIG EAST: Made 13 relief appearances and had a 0-0 record with a 1.23 ERA in 14 2/3 innings ... Allowed 14 hits and held opposing hitters to a .259 batting average ... Faced 57 batters without allowing a home run or hitting a batter ... Surrendered four runs (two earned) and walked two while striking out three.
2009: Appeared in three games and compiled a 10.13 ERA in 2 2/3 innings ... Allowed six hits and three earned runs with one walk and four strikeouts ... Opposing batters hit .429 (6-14) against him ... Pitched a 1-2-3 inning with two strikeouts in his collegiate debut against Coppin State ... Threw a scoreless inning of relief with two strikeouts against Temple; BIG EAST: Made one appearance and allowed three earned runs on four hits and a walk in 2/3 of an inning at Cincinnati.
Notre Dame High School: Earned four letters in both baseball and basketball ... In baseball was a two-time all-conference selection and a member of the All-South Jersey baseball squad ... Also a two-time basketball Player of the Year and a three-time first team all-conference pick ... Scored over 1,000 career points as a basketball player.
Personal: Born 1/23/90 in Trenton, N.J. ... Older of two children of Jose and Lynn Diaz ... Has a younger sibling, Madison (10) ... Has a relative, Mike Haradansky, that played ice hockey at Seton Hall for three years ... Chose to attend Villanova for its academic and athletic reputations ... Marketing major who hopes to one day be the CEO of a Fortune 500 company ... BIG EAST Academic All-Star.