Villanova head coach Joe Godri wins 300th career game in opener of three-game series
Sciacca had three runs batted in for Villanova
Senior starting pitcher allowed just one earned run over 7 1/3 innings
Rambaud had two hits, two stolen bases; Emling drove in three runs
Villanova roster a mix of veterans and younger players, features depth at every position
On Morris: Versatile and athletic player who did a good job behind the plate late last season ... Presents a good target for pitchers and receives the ball well ... Works well with the pitching staff in managing games ... Could also see time in the outfield ... Has outstanding speed both on the bases and defensively.
2014: Played in 42 games with 33 starts ... Credited with 35 hits (fifth most on the team), including two doubles, across 117 at-bats for a .299 average, third on the team ... Ranked second on the team with a .414 on-base percentage which included 14 walks ... His .316 slugging percentage placed him fifth on the team ... Scored 25 runs, fifth on the team ... Recorded 14 runs batted in ... Ranked fifth on the team with 10 multi-hit games, including one four-hit game, and fourth on the squad with five multi-RBI games ... Registered four hits against Connecticut on March 16 ... Had an eight-game hitting streak, second longest on the team, and also reach base safely in 10-straight contests ... Tallied two doubles for his only two extra-base hits on March 16 and April 2 ... Had five sacrifice bunts and was hit by nine pitches, both fourth most on the team ... Stole three bases in five attempts ... Struck out 29 times a?b BIG EAST: Slashed a line of .288/.403/.288 across 17 conference games ... Started 15 games ... His batting average and on-base percentage both ranked second on the team for conference play ... Recorded 15 hits in 52 at-bats with 10 runs and four runs batted in ... Stole three bases in three attempts ... Drew five walks to 17 strikeouts.
2013: Appeared in 27 games with six starts ... Started five times behind the plate and once as the designated hitter but was also used defensively at first base, second base and in the outfield ... Batted .250 (9-for-36) on the year with six runs scored and two runs batted in ... Walked once and was hit by a pitch twice, while striking out 13 times ... Had one stolen base in his only attempt ... Singled against Penn for his first hit of the season ... Went 1-for-2 and threw out a would-be base stealer in a win over Saint Peter's ... Pinch ran and had a stolen base in a win over La Salle ... Played flawless defense with 18 putouts, eight assists and no errors; BIG EAST: Played in 12 games with four starts against conference opponents ... Hit .250 (6-for-24) with six runs scored and two runs batted in ... Walked once, was hit by a pitch once and struck out nine times ... Went 2-for-4 against Connecticut ... Had two hits, a walk and an RBI versus Georgetown ... Appeared in the first two games of the Georgetown series and was 2-for-6 with two runs, two RBI, a walk and a hit by pitch.
Hinsdale South High School: Lettered four years in baseball and one year each in football and indoor track ... Was the baseball team MVP as a freshman and was named the top hitter on the team as both a freshman and a senior ... Named to the West Suburban All-Conference team each year from his freshman through junior seasons ... Selected to the IHSA All-Area squad as both a junior and a senior while earning IHSA All-State accolades his senior year ... Chosen as the Male Senior Athlete of the Year at his high school ... Member of the National Honor Society and was an executive board member ... Graduated with honors and in the top 10 percent of his graduating class ... Presented with the J. Kyle Braid Leadership Award.
Personal: Born 10/20/93 in Willowbrook, Ill. ... Older of two children of Ezekiel and Adrena Morris ... Has a younger sister, Andra (17) ... Father played football in college at Upper Iowa University and was a safety ... Chose to attend Villanova for the opportunity to play baseball at an outstanding academic school ... Majoring in Comprehensive Science.
At Bats 4 Two times (5/16/13 - at Georgetown) Runs Scored 2 Two times (5/17/13 - at Georgetown) Hits 2 Two times (5/16/13 - at Georgetown) Runs Batted In 1 Two times (5/17/13 - at Georgetown) Total Bases 2 Two times (5/16/13 - at Georgetown) Walks 1 5/16/13 - at Georgetown Stolen Bases 1 3/26/13 - at La Salle Putouts 4 5/16/13 - at Georgetown Assists 2 4/24/13 - Saint Peter's Runners Caught Stealing 1 4/14/13 - Connecticut