May 29, 2002
Wildcats Fall 8-1 in Mid-Week Contest at USF
In a matchup of former BIG EAST foes, Villanova (1-10) scored its only run of the game with two outs in the top of the sixth inning and fell to USF (11-1) by a final score of 8-1 at the USF Baseball Stadium on Wednesday evening. Freshman left fielder Tyler Bruno (Breinigsville, Pa.) doubled home the Wildcats run in the sixth inning to take over the team lead for RBI this season. Freshman right-handed pitcher Ryan Pfutzenreuter (Deerfield, Ill.) allowed one earned run over 2 2/3 innings in his first collegiate start.
Czinege Named to BIG EAST Honor Roll
Czinege helped the Wildcats to their first win of the season against Central Michigan with a two-out double in the ninth to give VU insurance runs to clinch the victory. He averaged .333 with 13 hits, two RBI, a double and four runs.
McCarthy Fans Five in Relief, Wildcats Fall to Boston College, 7-1
A close game early on turned in the fifth inning and Villanova (1-9) came out on the short end of a 7-1 score against Boston College (4-5) at North Charlotte Regional park on Sunday afternoon. Four runs by the Eagles in the bottom of the fifth broke the game open, and neither team scored from that point on. Junior right-hander Conor McCarthy (Glenview, Ill.) pitched three innings of perfect relief for the Wildcats, retiring all nine batters he faced with a career-high five strikeouts.
Timely Plays Spark Wildcats in 4-3 Win Over Central Michigan
Sophomore closer Zach Lutner (Sicklerville, N.J.) recorded a strikeout and a fly to right after inheriting the potential tying and winning runs in the bottom of the ninth inning, and Villanova (1-8) earned its first win of the season with a 4-3 triumph over Central Michigan (3-6) in the Snowbird Baseball Classic on Saturday afternoon. In a game that was scoreless until the sixth inning at North Charlotte Regional Park, the Wildcats made big plays when they needed them at the plate, in the field and on the mound.
Schryver Solid, Czinege Has Three Hits in 3-1 Loss to Ball State
In the first game of its six-game Florida trip, Villanova (0-8) got solid pitching from senior starter Hunter Schryver (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) and the bullpen to go along with three hits from senior second baseman Todd Czinege (Overland Park, Kan.) in a 3-1 loss to Ball State (5-3) on Friday afternoon. Seven pitchers for the Wildcats combined to give up just six hits on the day, while the lineup produced nine hits.
Weekend Preview: Wildcats Gear up for Snowbird Baseball Classic
The Wildcats gear up for their annual Spring Break trip to Port Charlotte, Fla. Over the week, Villanova will play six different games, including Ball State, Central Michigan, Boston College, USF, Iowa, and Western Michigan.
Todd Czinege Becomes 12th Villanova Baseball Player With 200 Hits
Senior infielder Todd Czinege (Overland Park, Kan.) joined a club of Villanova baseball greats this past weekend when he became the 12th hitter in program history with at least 200 career hits. Czinege reached the milestone with a leadoff infield single in the top of the seventh inning against Northern Illinois on Sunday morning. That single was one of three in the game for Czinege, who finished the day 3-for-4 with a walk and a run scored. He now has 201 career hits in 159 career games.
Czinege Has Three Hits in 6-4 Loss to Northern Illinois
Senior second baseman Todd Czinege (Overland Park, Kan.) was on base four times and raised his season batting average above .300 in a Sunday morning matinee, but Villanova (0-7) was unable to hold on to an early lead and fell by a final score of 6-4 to Northern Illinois (2-4) at L. Dale Mitchell Field. Czinege went 3-for-4 with a walk and a run scored as the Wildcats played their final game at the 19 Ways Invitational, and their third straight contest with a short turnaround.