Matt Szczur headlines list as No. 6 prospect in Chicago Cubs system
Left-handed pitcher is 64th draft pick all-time from Villanova, 20th in last 11 years
Villanova loses opener of three-game series
Helisek goes season-high 7 1/3 innings for Villanova, scatters just three earned runs
Junior center fielder doubled in game-winning run with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning
On Helisek: Steady performer on the mound who deceives hitters with exceptional offspeed pitches ... Capable of generating outs with either his curveball or changeup and will keep hitters off balance ... Has been a mainstay in the team's weekend starting rotation the past two years.
Career: Pitched in 40 games with 33 starts and two complete games and is 8-17 with one save and a 5.29 ERA ... Has logged 204 1/3 innings and allowed 236 hits for a .294 opponent batting average ... Surrendered 144 runs (120 earned) while walking 76 and striking out 108 ... Allowed 15 home runs to 922 batters faced ... Has allowed three earned runs or less in 16 of his 33 career starts.
BIG EAST Regular Season: Appeared in 23 games with 17 starts and one complete game ... Has a 2-13 record and a 5.55 ERA in 116 2/3 innings ... Allowed 135 hits and a .298 opponent batting average ... Yielded 87 runs (72 earned) and walked 44 while striking out 56.
2011: Appeared in 13 games with 12 starts as the team's number two starter ... Pitched 69 1/3 innings and finished the year 1-9 with a 6.23 ERA ... Totaled five starts in which he allowed three earned runs or less and in those starts was 1-1 with a 2.45 ERA in 33.0 innings ... For the season opponents hit .293 against him and he allowed 79 hits and 57 runs (48 earned) while walking 32 and striking out 37 ... Allowed only four home runs to 316 batters faced ... Pitched seven scoreless innings of two-hit ball against Duke, in which he retired 15 of the first 19 batters he faced and did not allow a hit until there was one out in the sixth inning ... Protected a 1-0 lead for six of the seven innings he pitched in that game; BIG EAST: Pitched in nine games and started eight versus conference opponents and was 1-7 with a 6.22 ERA ... Led the team with 50 2/3 innings in BIG EAST play and allowed 56 hits while opposing batters hit .290 against him ... Yielded 41 runs (35 earned) while walking 23 and striking out 27 ... Pitched a complete game five-hitter and allowed just one earned run in a win over West Virginia ... Matched a career high with seven strikeouts against Connecticut ... Carried a no-hit bid into the seventh inning in front of his hometown fans at Pittsburgh.
2010: Moved into the weekend starting rotation and made 13 starts on the season, during which he logged 76 2/3 innings and pitched to a 4.23 ERA ... Compiled a 3-7 record despite allowing three earned runs or less in eight of his 13 starts ... Batters hit .287 against him ... Surrendered 87 hits and 49 runs (36 earned) with 27 walks and 40 strikeouts ... Gave up just one run over 18 innings in his first three starts, when he went 2-0 with a 0.50 ERA ... In the second of those three starts pitched four-hit ball for seven innings to defeat reigning Big Ten champion Indiana ... His fast start to the season extended to a 3-1 record and a 1.57 ERA over 28 2/3 innings in his first five starts; BIG EAST: Nine of his 13 starts on the year came against BIG EAST foes ... Went 1-6 with a 4.98 ERA in those starts ... Allowed three earned runs or less five times ... In 56.0 innings allowed 66 hits and 38 runs (31 earned) while walking 17 and striking out 27 ... Opponents hit .299 against him ... Pitched eight scoreless innings in a 3-0 win over Cincinnati ... Received a no-decision against Notre Dame despite allowing just two runs on three hits over eight innings.
2009: Appeared in 14 games with eight starts and went 4-1 with a 5.55 ERA in 58 1/3 innings ... Was the team's top midweek starter ... Allowed 71 hits and 38 runs (36 earned) with just 17 walks and 31 strikeouts ... Issued only 2.6 walks per nine innings ... Opponents batted .309 against him ... Gave up just three home runs to 286 batters faced ... Second on the team in wins and ERA ... Recorded a season-high seven strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings in a win over Lehigh ... Faced the Mountain Hawks again two weeks later and pitched a complete game six-hitter with no walks and six strikeouts ... In his only non-conference relief appearance pitched four hitless innings of relief and struck out three to earn his first career save against University of the Sciences; BIG EAST: His success as a midweek starter earned him a role pitching out of the bullpen during conference games ... Pitched five times in relief versus BIG EAST opponents and was 0-0 with a 5.40 ERA in 10.0 innings ... Allowed 13 hits and eight runs (six earned) while walking four and striking out two ... Threw 2 1/3 scoreless innings versus USF, allowing one hit, one walk and a strikeout.
Seneca Valley High School: Three-year letterwinner ... Named to 2008 Western Pennsylvania Baseball Coaches 4A All-Star Team ... Chosen for the Pittsburgh Post Gazette North All-Star team in both 2007 and 2008 ... Compiled a 13-1 record over his junior and senior seasons ... As a senior went 6-1 with a 1.83 ERA and 48 strikeouts in 38 2/3 innings pitched ... His team won the 2007 4A state championship ... Member of the National Honor Society who ranked in the top 10 percent of his high school class all four years.
Personal: Born 4/23/90 in Reston, Va. ... Only child of Thomas and Karla Helisek ... Father played tennis at St. Vincent College ... Chose to attend Villanova for its strong academic reputation and the success of the baseball team ... Majoring in Accounting and is a two-time BIG EAST Academic All-Star.