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
Villanova opened a three-game series with Manhattan on May 9, 2014.
Villanova hosted St. Peter's on March 15, 2014.
Villanova recognized its graduating seniors prior to its home game against Louisville on May 4, 2013.
Villanova defeated Chicago State, 8-2, on March 15, 2013.
On Morris: Dynamic player whose versatility is a valuable asset to the team ... Excellent athlete with plus speed and a skilled hitter who makes consistent contact ... Will see time behind the plate, where he does a good job of managing the game and working with the team's pitchers ... Can also play in both the infield and the outfield ... Will be counted on for significant contributions this season.
Career: Has played in 69 career games with 39 starts ... A career .288 (44-153) batter with a .391 on-base percentage and a .301 slugging percentage ... Has 31 runs scored, 16 runs batted in and two doubles ... Has drawn 15 walks and been hit by a pitch another 11 times while striking out 42 times ... Has four stolen bases in six tries and five sacrifice bunts ... Excellent fielder with a .986 fielding percentage (three errors in 207 total chances).
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; BIG EAST: Ranked second on the team in conference play with a .288 batting average ... Reached base at a .403 clip and had a .288 slugging percentage ... Went 15-for-52 with 10 runs scored and four RBI ... Stole three bases without being caught and had two sacrifice bunts ... Had five walks, five times being hit by a pitch and 17 strikeouts ... Went 4-for-8 with three runs scored in the opening BIG EAST series against St. John's ... Had a season-high three runs scored against Georgetown ... Had two hits in a win over Creighton and went 2-for-4 with two runs scored in the series opener versus Butler ... Committed just one error in 70 chances for a .986 fielding percentage.
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 (18) ... 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 ... Comprehensive Science major.