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Josh Eidell

Player Profile
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Norristown, Pa.

High School:
Kennedy Kendrick Catholic

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 207

Position:
Relief Pitcher

Birthdate:
06/21/1987

Bats/Throws:
Right/Right

Career: Appeared in 54 games with 20 starts ... Began his career as a starter but has evolved into a dominant relief pitcher ... Career record as a starter is 3-10 with a 6.12 ERA ... As a reliever he is 6-4 with 11 saves and a 3.20 ERA, including a 2.49 ERA the last two seasons ... His 11 saves rank fifth in school history and he needs six more to tie the all-time program record of 17 ... Overall is 9-14 with a 4.91 ERA in 170 1/3 innings pitched ... Allowed 201 hits and 93 earned runs while walking 58 and striking out 112 ... Opponents are hitting .295 against him.

2008: Made three starts while pitching in 19 games out of the bullpen ... Owned a 4-6 record with seven saves and a 4.63 ERA ... As a relief pitcher was 4-3 with a 1.73 mark ... Pitched 46 2/3 innings and allowed 58 hits and 24 earned runs while walking 17 and striking out 37 ... Allowed just three home runs to 221 batters faced ... Pitched four scoreless innings against St. John's on May 17 when Villanova rallied from seven runs down in the last inning to win 8-7 and clinch its second straight Big East Championship berth ... Eidell has been the winning pitcher in relief in both clinching games the last two seasons ... Did not allow an earned run in 13 of his 19 relief outings ... Had eight relief appearances lasting at least two innings and four appearances of at least four innings ... Pitched a season-high five innings of relief, allowing just one run, against Connecticut on March 30 ... Made a start in the Big East Championship semifinals against eventual champion Louisville and surrendered only two earned runs in five innings ... Had a two-inning save against April 22 in which he retired all six batters he faced and even had a sacrifice bunt in his only career plate appearance in that game.

2007: Opened the season as a weekend starting pitcher and was shifted to the bullpen during the year to bolster the team's late-inning relief ... Developed into the team's closer and had a great deal of success ... Appeared in 20 games overall with eight starts ... Compiled a 3-3 record with four saves and a 5.20 ERA ... In 64.0 innings pitched allowed 79 hits and 37 earned runs while issuing 23 walks and striking out 41 ... Had a 3.60 ERA out of the bullpen and a team-best 3.99 ERA against BIG EAST opponents ... Did not allow a run in nine of 12 relief outings, including a stretch of 16 straight scoreless innings from April 28-May 23 ... During that stretch earned a win against Rutgers with 4.2 scoreless innings as Villanova clinched its first BIG EAST playoff berth in 10 years ... Five days later pitched two scoreless innings for a save as the Wildcats defeated Notre Dame in the second game of the conference tournament ... Went at least five innings in five of his eight starts ... Struck out a season-high eight batters against La Salle in five innings on March 13.

2006: Began the season as a possible mid-week starter, but stepped into a much larger role due to an injury ... Stepped up to become the team's third starter in weekend series and showed outstanding potential in that role ... Appeared in 12 games on the season, starting in each of his last nine appearances ... Surrendered two earned runs or less in six of his nine starts but was the winning pitcher in just two of those games ... Owned a 2-5 record and 4.83 ERA ... Pitched 59.2 innings and allowed 64 hits while walking just 18 ... Struck out 34 and allowed 32 earned runs ... Went 2-4 with a 4.25 ERA in his eight Big East starts, averaging more than six innings per start ... Chosen as the Philadelphia Diamond Five Pitcher of the Week on May 8 after allowing just one run in eight innings in a win over Cincinnati ... Allowed a mere .233 opponent batting average with runners on base.

Kennedy Kendrick Catholic High School: Lettered in soccer and baseball ... Two-time First Team All-Catholic League selection in both soccer and baseball ... First team All-Area pick in baseball ... Batted .537 and had a 7-3 pitching record ... Received numerous academic honors and awards.

Personal: Born 6/21/87 in Pottstown, Pa. ... Older of two sons of John and Miriam Eidell ... Has a younger brother Justin (17) ... Always believed that Villanova would be the right school for him ... Communications major.

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