March 17, 2014
NEW YORK - Senior center fielder Connor Jones (Chandler, Ariz.) and freshman pitcher Hunter Schryver (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) each received weekly honors from the BIG EAST on Monday afternoon. Jones is the league's Player of the Week and Schryver earned a spot on the Honor Roll.
Villanova played three games over the weekend in the Big Five Baseball Bash, including its first two home games of the season at the Villanova Ballpark at Plymouth. Jones batted .500 (6-for-12) with a .600 on-base percentage and a 1.333 slugging percentage during the week while clubbing four extra-base hits. He drove in seven runs and scored five while walking three times.
On Friday afternoon Jones had a memorable game at La Salle when he smacked two triples and also legged out a stand-up, inside-the-park, three-run home run. Jones finished the game 4-for-5 with three runs scored and five RBI, including an extra-base hit and a run scored in three consecutive innings. He is the first Wildcats hitter with two triples in a game since Dan Terpak also accomplished the feat against La Salle on April 17, 2007.
Jones followed up his performance at La Salle by homering again the next day. He hit a two-run shot in the bottom of the first inning in the home opener against St. Peter's and also walked twice in the game. Last season Villanova did not hit a home run at the Villanova Ballpark at Plymouth until the 13th game of the season but this year Jones homered just four at-bats into the Wildcats home season. He later walked in the bottom of the ninth inning during a two-run rally that saw Villanova claim a 5-4 victory.
Through the first 17 games of the season Jones is leading the Wildcats in triples (4), home runs (3), RBI (17), walks (13) and slugging percentage (.597). He has reached base safely in each of his last six games and has six multi-RBI games on the year.
Schryver made the second start of his collegiate career on Saturday and took a no-hitter into the seventh inning. He wound up allowing just one hit - a soft single up the middle with one out in the seventh - over seven scoreless innings while walking three and striking out 10. Schryver retired 20 of 24 batters in his appearance and faced just three hitters of the minimum. He departed the game after seven innings with a 3-0 lead and received a no-decision in an eventual 5-4 victory.
Despite losing the no-hit bid and allowing a walk in the seventh inning Schryver still managed to strike out the side and strand two runners on base in the inning. Before he allowed the one-out single he had set down nine straight batters, including five via strikeouts.
Schryver has made five appearances, including two starts this season and in 14 2/3 innings has given up just 10 hits while holding opposing batters to a .200 batting average against him. He also has 12 strikeouts. Schryver was just the second Wildcats freshman to start the home opener in the last 15 years.