Sciacca had three runs batted in for Villanova
Freshman first baseman hits first two home runs by Villanova hitter at Citizens Bank Park
Sophomore pitcher goes 8 1/3 innings for first career win
All four runs in game scored with two outs; Villanova was limited to three hits
Unearned run in top of the third inning was only tally of the game
Villanova defeated NYIT by a final score of 14-3 at the Villanova Ballpark at Plymouth on Friday, March 16.
On Courter: Did good things when given a chance to start last season ... Will compete for a starting role and can also be a long reliever in emergency situations ... Has shown steady improvement in his first two years on the team and is poised to continue increasing his role.
Career: Has pitched in 23 games with four starts and is 1-1 with one save and a 4.45 ERA in 56 2/3 innings ... Allowed 57 hits and 29 runs (28 earned) while walking 20 and striking out 27 ... Opponents are hitting .269 against him and he has not given up a home run to 246 batters faced.
2013: Steady member of the pitching staff who was used in long relief and as a spot starter ... Appeared in 15 games with four starts and went 1-1 with a 4.66 ERA over 46 1/3 innings pitched ... Allowed 49 hits and 25 runs (24 earned) with 13 walks and 21 strikeouts ... Faced 246 batters and did not allow a home run ... Opponents hit .280 against him ... Had a 3.58 ERA spanning 27 2/3 innings in his four starts ... That included pitching into the ninth inning to earn a 3-1 win over La Salle in which he allowed just five hits and no earned runs in 8 1/3 innings, while walking two and striking out three ... Yielded two earned runs on seven hits in six innings against Saint Peter's ... Struck out a career-high four batters in seven innings against Temple ... Had relief stints of four innings against both Northeastern and Cornell ... In those two outings combined to allow just four hits and one earned run over the eight innings while walking one and striking out two ... In a stretch of 10 appearances from March 13 through May 11 (seven relief appearances, three starts) combined to allow just seven earned runs over 32 2/3 innings (1.93 ERA); BIG EAST: Made three relief appearances against conference opponents and pitched 3 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing just one hit while striking out two ... Opposing batters went 1-for-9 (.111) against him ... Pitched a scoreless inning with one hit allowed at Cincinnati ... Recorded two outs against Louisville ... Logged 1 2/3 innings and struck out two in the second game of a doubleheader against Pittsburgh.
2012: Pitched in eight games out of the bullpen and compiled a 3.48 ERA with one save in 10 1/3 innings of work ... Allowed just eight hits and held opponents to a .216 average against him ... Allowed four earned runs and walked seven while striking out six ... Earned a save in his collegiate pitching debut when he pitched two scoreless innings in a win over University of the Sciences ... Did not allow a run in six of his eight appearances ... Pitched 1 1/3 innings and retired all four batters he faced in a win over Temple ... His collegiate debut came as a pinch hitter in a win over Chicago State, when he had a double and an RBI in his first career at-bat; BIG EAST: Pitched in three games against conference opponents and allowed two earned runs on two hits in 2 2/3 innings ... Walked five and struck out two.
Archbishop Wood High School: Received three varsity letters in baseball and compiled 17 career victories on the mound ... As a senior was named first team All-Philadelphia, first team All-Montgomery County, first team All-Bucks County and first team All-Catholic League ... Three-year member of the National Honor Society.
Personal: Born 9/25/92 in Maple Glen, Pa. ... Younger of two children of Joseph and Kathryn Courter ... Has an older sister, Becca (21) ... Father played football and was a wide receiver at Bloomsburg ... Majoring in Communication.
BIG EAST All-Academic Team 2011-12, 2012-13
Innings Pitched 8.1 4/3/13 - La Salle Strikeouts 4 4/30/13 - Temple Batters Faced 34 4/30/13 - Temple