Villanova took on local rival Saint Joseph's on March 21, 2017 in Merion Station, Pa.
2017: Played in 45 games with 44 starts and batted .224 (37-for-165) with a .283 on-base percentage and a .309 slugging percentage ... Led the team with 12 doubles and also had a triple ... Scored 13 runs and had 10 runs batted in while drawing 13 walks and striking out 39 times ... Hit by a pitch once, had one sacrifice bunt and one sacrifice fly ... Stole two bases in four tries ... Tallied five multi-hit games, including two three-hit contests ... Hit safely in each of the first seven games of his collegiate career, going 7-for-24 between February 17-26 ... Singled as a pinch hitter against Norfolk State in his debut and started every other appearance he made during the year ... Had three hits, including two doubles, at Saint Joseph's ... Also was 3-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI in a win over Iowa ... Had two doubles in a win at Army West Point ... Had 63 putouts with four assists and six errors (.918 fielding percentage) in the outfield; BIG EAST: Started all 17 conference games he appeared in and batted .175 (10-for-57) with a .266 on-base percentage and a .228 slugging percentage ... Tied for second on the team in BIG EAST play with seven walks ... Had six runs scored, three doubles and an RBI ... Went 2-for-4 with a double in the series opener against Georgetown ... Hit safely in all three games at St. John's to close the season.
Club Baseball: Played for the Evoshield Canes Mid-Atlantic 17u team and was named to the WWBA national championship all-tournament team in 2015 ... Also named to the WWBA underclass world championship team in 2014 as a member of the Tri-State Arsenal Showcase team.
Parkland High School: Earned three varsity letters as a second baseman ... Was a second team all-area selection as a junior ... Holds the single-season school record with 36 hits his junior year ... Tied for the school's career record with five triples and also is tied for fifth in triples for a single season ... Tied for third in school history with 75 career games played ... Scholastic stats include a .339 career batting average with 58 hits, 36 runs scored, 31 runs batted in, eight doubles and three home runs.
Personal: Born 7/3/98 in Allentown, Pa. ... Older of two children of Mark and Kelly Bruno ... Has a younger sister, Alyssa (10) ... Hobbies include working out, spending time with friends and watching Netflix ... Chose to attend Villanova for the combination of its elite academic and athletic programs ... Noted that the school would give him opportunities to pursue his dreams and set him up for future success ... Enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and has yet to declare a major.