Villanova defeated St. Peter's in walk-off fashion in its home opener on March 15, 2014.
On Mecca: Returns after redshirting last season ... Hard worker with terrific baseball instincts ... Plays the game with tenacity ... When healthy is a plus runner and defender in the mold of former Wildcats such as Kris Molloy and Paul Rambaud ... Uses his speed well from an offensive standpoint and should see time in the lineup during the season.
2014: Played in 35 games with 19 starts ... Batted .111 with a .333 on-base percentage ... Recorded six hits in 54 at-bats including one double ... Drew 10 walks while striking out 14 times ... Successful in three out of four stolen base attempts ... Hit by eight pitches, fifth most on the team ... Scored three runs at Norfolk State on Feb. 23 a?b Tallied two hits in his only multi-hit game against Quinnipiac ... Hit his only extra-base hit, a double, at Charleston Southern on Feb. 16 ... BIG EAST: Appeared in nine games with three starts ... Tallied one single in 10 at-bats ... Stole one base.
Don Bosco Prep: Earned three varsity letters ... As a senior was named first team All-Northeast Region by Perfect Game ... Was also rated as the ninth best player in the state of New Jersey and the 86th best outfielder nationally by Perfect game ... Selected first team All-Big North Conference and was a preseason first team ESPNhs All-State pick ... Set his school's single-season record with 31 stolen bases as a senior ... Hit over .350 with an on-base percentage over .550 during his high school career, with totals of 86 runs scored and 79 stolen bases ... Senior team captain ... Won three conference and two country championships ... Team also won a non-public Section A title and was ranked in the top 10 in the country several times during his career ... Three-year starter who helped lead his team to a 75-9 record from his sophomore through senior seasons ... Member of the Italian National Honor Society and graduated with a 3.42 grade-point average.
Personal: Born 9/13/93 in Jersey City, N.J. ... Older of two children of Michael and Caryn Mecca ... Has a younger sister, Tessa (18) ... Has yet to declare a major.