Junior second baseman is Big Five Player of the Week, lands on BIG EAST honor roll
Villanova took on local rival Saint Joseph's on March 21, 2017 in Merion Station, Pa.
Villanova opened a three-game series with a 5-2 win over St. Bonaventure on April 1, 2016.
Villanova defeated Delaware State, 2-1, to win its home opener at the Villanova Ballpark at Plymouth on March 8, 2016.
Villanova hosted Xavier on April 18, 2015 and held Military and First Responders Appreciation Day.
Villanova hosted Georgetown in the second game of a conference series on April 11, 2015.
Career: Started all 199 games that Villanova played during his four years on the team … At the time of his graduation ranked second in school history in hits and at-bats, as well as fourth in triples, fifth in total bases and seventh in games played … A career .307 hitter overall with a .369 on-base percentage and a .431 slugging percentage … Collected 244 hits in 796 at-bats … Scored 107 runs and had 128 runs batted in … Had 40 doubles, 10 triples and 13 home runs … Drew 72 walks, was hit by a pitch 14 times and struck out 168 times … Stole 16 bases in 22 tries … Recorded nine sacrifice bunts and 12 sacrifice flies … Compiled a .955 fielding percentage with 407 putouts, 491 assists and 42 errors in 940 total chances.
2017: Named to the All-Big 5 team at second base for the fourth consecutive season … Started all 47 games Villanova played, with 43 starts at second base and four at third base … Led the team in batting average, hits, home runs and runs batted in … Also tied for the team lead in triples, was second in walks, and third in runs scored, doubles and stolen bases … Hit .283 (52-for-184) with seven doubles, three triples and three home runs … Had 17 runs scored and 25 RBI while drawing 19 walks … Was hit by a pitch twice and struck out 47 times … Compiled a .353 on-base percentage and a .402 slugging percentage, both team highs … Led the team with 13 multi-hit games and six multi-RBI games, including five games with at least three hits and three games with three RBI … Had a 13-game streak of reaching base safely which was the longest on the team during the season … Tallied consecutive three-hit games against Northern Illinois and Ball State … Powered a 10-1 win over Iowa with two hits and three RBI, including his first home run of the season … Doubled and drove in three more runs one day later against Western Michigan … Went 4-for-5 with two singles, a double, a triple, three runs scored, three RBI, a walk and a stolen base in a 10-inning win at Wagner … Recorded 108 putouts, 109 assists and six errors for a .973 fielding percentage; BIG EAST: Started all 18 conference games and batted .191 (13-for-68) with a .238 on-base percentage … Had three runs scored and a team-best six RBI in conference play … Had two doubles, one triples, seven walks and three stolen bases … Delivered a two-run, walk-off single against eventual BIG EAST champion Xavier in the conference opener … Batted with the Wildcats down 2-1 with two outs in the ninth inning and singled to right field to complete a rally that began with Villanova three outs away from being the victims of a perfect game to start the bottom of the ninth … Tallied four hits in a three-game series at Creighton … Went 2-for-3 with a double, a run scored, a walk and two stolen bases in the series opener at Butler.
2016: Named a first team All-BIG EAST selection and earned a spot on the All-Big 5 team for the second straight year … Led the team in six different offensive categories while starting in all 52 games of the season … Ranked fifth in the BIG EAST in slugging percentage and was tied for fifth in RBI … Also ranked sixth in the league in home runs, seventh in total bases (93), ninth in on-base percentage and 10th in batting average … Batted a team-best .307 (62-for-202) and also led the team with a .395 on-base percentage and a .460 slugging percentage … Had a team-high 36 runs batted in, 93 total bases and 62 hits … Scored 32 runs and had 11 doubles, one triple and six home runs … Drew 27 walks and struck out 49 times … Was hit by a pitch five times … Had four sacrifice flies … Stole two bases and was caught once … Led the team with 18 multi-hit games and 10 multi-RBI games … Registered five games with three or more hits … Hit .324 with runners on base and had RBI on 9-of-13 (69%) chances with a runner on third and less than two outs … Tallied a .514 on-base percentage when leading off an inning, reaching base safely 18 times in 35 such chances … Had a season-high four hits in the last of a three-game series at Houston when he went 4-for-4 with two runs scored, two RBI, a triple and a home run … Reached base four times in a win over Dartmouth, going 2-for-2 with a home run, two walks, two runs and two RBI … Had three-hit games against Chicago State and Florida State … Homered in consecutive games against Lehigh and Fordham … Registered a .961 fielding percentage with 84 putouts, 115 assists and eight errors; BIG EAST: Started all 18 conference games … Ranked third in the BIG EAST in on-base percentage in league games, as well as fifth in walks, tied for fifth in RBI and eighth in batting average … Hit .309 (21-for-68) with a .442 on-base percentage and a .412 slugging percentage … Scored 12 runs and had 14 RBI to go along with four doubles and a home run … Drew 13 walks and was hit by a pitch four times … Struck out 21 times … Reached base safely in 17 of 18 games versus league foes … Hit .429 (6-for-14) with three runs, five RBI, a double and two walks in a series at Seton Hall … Opened a three-game set at Georgetown by going 3-for-5 with two runs, three RBI, a double and a home run … Wound up hitting .385 (5-for-13) and scoring six runs in the series.
2015: Earned first team All-BIG EAST honors and was the first Villanova infielder since 2001 to be a first team all-conference selection … Also merited All-Big 5 honors for the second straight year … Started all 50 games and led the team with 70 hits … Ranked second on the team in batting average, runs scored, doubles and triples … Hit .327 (70-for-214) for the year with a .372 on-base percentage and a .425 slugging percentage … Had 15 doubles and three triples to go along with 32 runs scored and 29 runs batted in … Drew 12 walks, was hit by a pitch four times and struck out 37 times … Stole four bases in five tries … Had one sacrifice fly … Led the team with 21 multi-hit games, including 12 two-hit games and nine three-hit contests … Also had eight multi-RBI games … Put together a season-high 10-game hitting streak from April 25 through May 9 during which he batted .348 (16-for-46) with four doubles, two triples, seven runs and nine RBI … Went 3-for-4 with three runs scored, two RBI and a double in a win over Mount St. Mary’s … That performance came in the midst of a torrid eight-game stretch from February 27 through March 11 in which he batted .563 (18-for-32) with seven multi-hit games … Had consecutive three-hit games in victories over St. Bonaventure and La Salle … Recorded a .950 fielding percentage with 12 errors in 240 fielding chances (92 putouts, 136 assists); BIG EAST: Batted .313 (25-for-80) during conference play with a .333 on-base percentage and a .450 slugging percentage … Had seven doubles, two triples, 12 runs scored and a team-high 15 RBI versus BIG EAST foes … Drew three walks and struck out 12 times … Doubled three times, scored a run and had two RBI in a win over Georgetown … Matched a season-high with three RBI in a come-from-behind win over Seton Hall in the second game of a doubleheader … Had a hit in 15 of the Wildcats 18 conference games.
2014: Named a Louisville Slugger freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, and was also a second team All-BIG EAST selection … Started in all 50 games during the season and led the team in batting average (.306), hits (60), runs batted in (38) and sacrifice flies (5) … Tied for the team lead with four home runs and five stolen bases … Compiled a .353 on-base percentage and a .434 slugging percentage while scoring 26 runs … Had seven doubles, three triples, 14 walks and was hit by a pitch three times … Laid down nine sacrifice bunts to tie for second on the team in that category … Registered 23 multi-hit games and 11 multi-RBI games, both team highs … Had a season-high four hits, with a double and a run scored, against Penn State … Homered, drove in a season-high five runs and went 3-for-6 in a win at Temple … His first collegiate home run was a solo shot at nationally-ranked Miami … Recorded a .941 fielding percentage with 16 errors in 270 chances; BIG EAST: Batted .225 (16-71) with a .269 on-base percentage and a .324 slugging percentage in league games … Had seven runs scored and a team-best 15 RBI while hitting a double and two home runs … Homered in road games at Xavier and Seton Hall.
Rockhurst High School: Earned three varsity letters in baseball … Earned Missouri All-State honorable mention honors as a senior.
Personal: Born 7/28/94 in Overland Park, Kan. … Youngest of three children of Michael and Nancy Czinege … Has an older brother, Tyler, and an older sister, Megan … Brother played college soccer at Trinity University … Attended Villanova for the combination of the baseball team and the chance to enroll in the Villanova School of Business … Finance major.