On Cirone: Ultimate utility player and overachiever who can play any position ... Improved offensively and can help the team in numerous roles ... Fierce and determined competitor ... Graduated from Villanova in spring 2006 but has an additional year of eligibility due to taking a redshirt as a freshman in 2003.
Career: Valuable utility player who thrived in a starting role in 2006 ... Has played several positions for the Wildcats in the field ... One of the team's most accomplished players off the field, having received numerous academic honors ... Played in a total of 87 games with 43 starts ... Career .221 hitter in 181 at-bats, with eight doubles and one triple counted among his 40 hits ... Has struck out just 25 times in 219 plate appearances, while drawing 21 walks and being hit by a pitch five times ... That has led to a .316 on-base percentage ... Has 28 runs batted in and scored 14 runs ... Career .949 fielding percentage.
2006: Transitioned from a utility outfielder to third base and took over the starting role ... Played in 44 games with 35 starts, all at third base ... Reached base safely in 29 of his 35 starts ... Collected seven multi-hit games and six multi-RBI games ... Batted .246 (32-for-130) with a .342 on-base percentage ... Hit seven doubles and one triple, while drawing 16 walks against only 18 strikeouts ... Scored 10 runs and drove in 24 ... Ranked third on the team with nine sacrifice hits ... Hit .288 against left-handed pitching and .324 with runners on base ... Batted at a torrid .404 clip with runners in scoring position, including 5-for-9 (.556) with the bases loaded ... Converted 8-of-9 (89%) RBI opportunities with a runner on third and less than two outs ... Played in all 26 Big East games and batted .214 with a .330 on-base percentage ... Drove in 14 runs ... Presented with the Sister Mary Margaret Cribben Award by Villanova for his overall contributions to the University ... Also named the male recipient of the Senior Student-Athlete of the Year award by the school ... Chosen a Philadelphia Inquirer All-Area academic performer and was the baseball Performer of the Year.
2005: Battled injuries to play in 10 games with three starts ... Went 1-for-16 at the plate with two runs scored, one run batted in, two walks, one strikeout and one stolen base ... Had four putouts in the field.
2004: Played in 33 games in his freshman campaign and had 35 at bats ... Batted .200 (7-for-35) with three runs batted in and two runs scored ... Had one double and drew three walks ... Went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a walk in his first collegiate start, against Norfolk State on February 15 ... Tied for the team lead with four pinch-hits ... Played 18 games in the outfield and one as a designated hitter ... Batted .211 (4-for-19) in 18 conference games.
St. Viator High School: Earned three varsity letters in baseball ... Also lettered in football and hockey ... All-Conference baseball performer as a junior ... Selected to the All-Area squad as a senior ... Member of the Illinois 40 Top Prospects List ... North Suburban All-Star Showcase ... Received All-State Academic/Athletic Team honors.
Personal: Business major ... One of six children of Frank and Sharon Cirone ... Siblings are Jennifer (20), Michael (17), Nicole (17), Lauren (14) and Anna Maria (11) ... Born 1/21/84 in Arlington Heights, Ill.