On DeRenzi: Versatile player on the Villanova roster with power potential from the left side of the plate ... Has worked hard to make contributions on the field in a variety of ways ... Capable of playing the corner outfield spots defensively and has demonstrated improved offensive skills ... Loyal member of the team who will be in the mix to earn a role in games this season.
Career: Has played in 42 games with 13 starts over the last two seasons ... Has gone 10-for-77 (.130) at the plate with three runs scored, three runs batted in and one double ... Has five walks, two hit by pitch, two sacrifice bunts and 31 strikeouts ... Has played in the outfield defensively and recorded six putouts without an error.
2017: Played in 22 games with 11 starts ... Started eight times as the designated hitter, twice in left field and once in right field ... Went 7-for-51 (.137) at the plate with three runs scored and one RBI ... Drew four walks and was hit by a pitch two times ... Posted a .228 on-base percentage ... Struck out 20 times ... Had two sacrifice bunts ... Tallied six putouts without committing an error in the outfield; BIG EAST: Saw action in nine conference games with five starts ... Hit .174 (4-for-23) with a run scored and an RBI ... Had one walk, one hit by pitch and one sacrifice bunt while striking out 10 times ... Started at designated hitter against eventual conference champion Xavier and singled to drive in the only run of the game in a 1-0 victory ... Pinch ran and scored a run in the bottom of the ninth inning one day earlier as Villanova rallied for a 3-2 victory after being three outs away from becoming the victims of a perfect game ... Started and had hits against both Creighton and Seton Hall.
2016: Made his collegiate debut after a redshirt season and played in 20 games during the season, including two starts as the designated hitter ... Went 3-for-26 (.115) at the plate with a double and two runs batted in ... Drew one walk and struck out 11 times ... All three of his hits came in pinch hitting opportunities ... His first collegiate hit was a double against Hartford ... Had an RBI single against NYIT; BIG EAST: Came off the bench to appear in five conference games ... Went 1-for-5 with a walk and two strikeouts ... Singled as a pinch hitter against Georgetown.
Seton Hall Prep: Earned two varsity letters and batted .390 with 30 runs batted in and 28 runs scored during his two years on the varsity squad ... Named a third team all-county selection and earned conference honorable mention honors ... Chosen by Perfect Game for its Northeast Class of 2014 honorable mention list ... Achieved Honor Roll status academically all four years ... Was a teammate of current Villanova sophomore Mike Sgaramella.
Personal: Born 11/4/95 in Morristown, N.J. ... One of four children of Paul and Kathy DeRenzi ... Siblings are Matthew (26), Allison (23) and Michael (22) ... Both brothers played college baseball ... Matthew was an outfielder at Brown and twin brother Michael is currently a senior on the baseball team at Georgetown ... Hobbies include being a certified scuba diver ... Chose to attend Villanova for its excellent academic reputation and the chance to play Division I baseball ... Economics major.