Villanova wins 28 games, has .500 or better record for eighth time in 11 years
Marlon Calbi goes 3-for-3, reaches base five straight times at top of the order
Helisek and Meurer combine on five-hitter as Villanova wins fourth straight
Villanova scored final six runs of the game from eighth inning on, wins on Jones first career home run
Villanova left fielder made two diving catches in late innings, went 4-for-4 at the plate
Villanova defeated NYIT by a final score of 14-3 at the Villanova Ballpark at Plymouth on Friday, March 16.
On Zech: Possesses tremendous speed and good batting skills ... Capable of hitting leadoff and being a consistent stolen base threat ... Excellent defensively in center field ... Earned a majority of the starts in center field last season and will again be in the mix to compete for a starting role.
2011: Appeared in 44 games with 33 starts and batted .239 (26-for-109) with a .314 on-base percentage and a .294 slugging percentage ... Had four doubles and a triple while totaling 15 runs scored and nine runs batted in ... Drew nine walks and struck out 23 times ... Was hit by a pitch three times ... Laid down six sacrifice bunts ... Stole four bases in five tries ... Handled all 95 chances in center field without an error (93 putouts, two assists) ... Tallied four multi-hit games ... From March 11-26 reached base safely in 11 consecutive games (all starts) ... In that stretch batted .250 (9-for-36) with a .357 on-base percentage (five walks, one hit by pitch) ... Had two separate four-game hitting streaks during the year ... Produced a season-high three hits against both Norfolk State and Temple ... Scored three runs against North Carolina Central; BIG EAST: Appeared in 21 conference games with 12 starts ... Batted .132 (5-for-38) with two runs scored, three RBI and a double ... Tallied 39 putouts in center field.
Central Florida Community College: Batted .350 during the 2010 season with 47 runs scored and 21 stolen bases in his second season playing for the Patriots.
Naples High School: Earned four varsity letters in baseball and one in football ... Named to the all-area team in 2005 ... Batted .337 (88-261) during his high school career with 86 runs scored, 43 RBI, 13 doubles, four triples, five home runs and 47 stolen bases ... That included a career-best .400 batting average with a .449 on-base percentage and a .586 slugging percentage during the 2006 season ... Member of the academic honor roll each year from 2006-08 ... Recipient of the Student-Athlete Award in 2007.
Personal: Born 4/29/90 in Naples, Fla. ... Oldest of three sons of Brian and Michelle Zech ... Has two younger brothers, Kyle (19) and Garrett (14) ... Has a relative, Chantel Tremitiere who played women's basketball at Auburn and in the WNBA with the Sacramento Monarchs, Utah Starzz and Indiana Fever ... Majoring in Psychology.