Villanova took on local rival Saint Joseph's on March 21, 2017 in Merion Station, Pa.
2017: Started all 45 games that he played in and was the team's shortstop as a true freshman ... Batted .196 (29-for-148) on the year with a .270 on-base percentage and a .243 slugging percentage ... Had 15 runs scored and 14 runs batted in while totaling four doubles and hitting a home run ... Drew 11 walks, was hit by a pitch four times and struck out 50 times ... Had three sacrifice bunts to tie for the team lead and stole two bases without getting caught ... Tallied five multi-hit games ... Doubled and was hit by a pitch in his collegiate debut at Norfolk State ... Had two hits, including a double, against Penn ... Quickly established himself as one of the top defensive shortstops in the region ... Compiled a .973 fielding percentage for the season with 81 putouts, 134 assists and only six errors in 221 total chances ... Was a part of 27 double plays; BIG EAST: Started all 18 conference games at shortstop and batted .186 (11-for-59) with a .238 on-base percentage ... Had two runs scored, four runs batted in and a double in conference play ... Walked three times, was hit by a pitch once and struck out 22 times ... Had two sacrifice bunts ... Opened a series at Creighton with a season-high three hits, going 3-for-4 with a double, a run scored and an RBI ... Drove in two runs in the season finale at St. John's.
Club Baseball: Played for the Longshots for four years while in high school.
Saint Francis College Prep: Played baseball all four years and earned varsity letters as a junior and a senior ... Played basketball for three seasons, including earning one varsity letter ... Member of the junior varsity golf team as a freshman ... Earned all-conference honors in baseball as a senior ... Helped his team qualify for the state semifinals and earn a third place finish ... Achieved honor roll status academically.
Personal: Born 6/13/98 in Glen Ellyn, Ill. ... Oldest of five children of Neal and Elizabeth Lilly ... Has four younger siblings: Mike (17), Ryan (16), John (14) and Katherine (12) ... Hobbies include listening to music and watching movies ... Chose to attend Villanova because of its strong academic reputation, the strength of the baseball team and the campus community ... Enrolled in the Villanova School of Business and has yet to declare a major.