On Guida: One of the most versatile players on the team ... Has been used as the starting third baseman, closer and middle reliever during his career ... Is likely to see time at third base and on the mound in 2008 ... Shows an intimidating presence on the mound to opposing hitters ... Talented offensive player and a good situational hitter.
Career: Has filled a variety of roles on the team, playing third base and being used out of the bullpen ... Has started 50 games at third base and pitched 45 times in relief in his first three seasons ... Career .234 hitter (43-for-184) with 25 runs and 17 RBI ... Has three doubles, 16 walks and 55 strikeouts ... Owns a .304 on-base percentage and .962 fielding percentage (five errors in 133 chances) ... As a pitcher is 3-3 with seven saves and a 4.19 ERA ... Allowed just 39 hits while striking out 46 in 53 2/3 innings ... Opposing batters have a mere .199 average against him.
2007: Saw the opposite situation as his 2006 season, starting the year as a full-time reliever and eventually becoming the starting third baseman ... Started 32 games at third base and was a .235 hitter (27-for-115) with 15 runs and 10 RBI ... Had three doubles, six walks and struck out 40 times ... .279 on-base percentage ... Made just three errors in 75 chances in the field ... Pitched 15 times in relief and was 1-2 with three saves and a 5.06 ERA ... Allowed nine earned runs on 13 hits, with nine walks and 17 strikeouts in 16.0 innings pitched ... Opposing hitters batted .217 off him.
2006: Began the season as the team's starting third baseman and a late-inning relief pitcher ... Flourished as the team's closer and was shifted to full-time relief duty ... Wound up pitching in 20 games out of the bullpen and logging 25.2 innings pitched ... Limited the opposition to a miniscule .176 batting average (16 hits in 91 at-bats) ... Recorded three saves and a 2-1 record with a 3.51 ERA ... Walked 19 and struck out 19 while not allowing an earned run in all but six of his appearances ... In his first 12 outings of the season, allowed just five hits in 15.0 innings ... Struck out 10 and surrendered just three earned runs in that span ... Shut the door with two outs, holding hitters to just three hits in 31 at-bats (.097 average) ... 15 of his 20 appearances came in Big East games, where he went 2-1 with a 3.86 ERA and all three of his saves ... As a hitter, started 18 games at third base and batted .234 in 64 at-bats ... Scored nine runs, drove in seven and had a .333 on-base percentage ... Did not start at third base after April 11.
2005: Appeared in 10 games out of the bullpen and pitched 12.0 innings ... Had one save and a 4.50 ERA with no record ... Allowed just 10 hits and limited the opposition to a .222 average ... Walked eight and struck out 10 while allowing six earned runs ... Pitched a scoreless inning in an 11-0 win over Norfolk State on February 26 ... Pitched two scoreless innings against Long Island on May 3 to record his first collegiate save ... At the plate, went 1-for-5 (.200) with one run scored, two walks and one strikeout.
Immaculata High School: Earned three varsity letters in baseball; Selected first team All-State as a senior; Also a first team All-County and All-Area choice as a junior and senior; Three-time All-Conference player; Led all New Jersey players with a .595 average his senior year; That mark was the third highest in a season in school history; Tallied 52 hits and 55 RBI; Hit four home runs and had 13 doubles and three triples; Produced a 5-0 record on the mound; Member of the school Honor Roll.
Personal: Communications major; Oldest of three children of Gus and Amy Guida; Has younger brothers Eric (18) and Jon (15); Father played four years of baseball for Norwich University (Vt.); Born 12/29/85 in Livingston, N.J.