PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - A pair of Villanova seniors were repeat selections in the Philadelphia Big 5 baseball postseason awards which were announced on Thursday afternoon. Starting pitcher Hunter Schryver (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) was named the organization’s Pitcher of the Year, while he and senior second baseman Todd Czinege (Overland Park, Kan.) were each named to the All-Big 5 team. Czinege also earned a spot on the Big 5 All-Academic Team. The head coaches and sports information directors of the four Big 5 baseball schools voted on the postseason award ballot.
Schryver was the Co-Pitcher of the Year as a junior last season and becomes the Wildcats second pitcher to be named earn the top Big 5 pitching honor twice in his career. In a dominant senior season on the mound, Schryver had 91 strikeouts while holding opponents to a .213 batting average against him in 12 starts and 73 2/3 innings pitched. He allowed just 56 hits and finished the season with a 2.44 ERA, the lowest for a Villanova starting pitcher in 22 years.
At the close of the regular season, Schryver ranked second in the BIG EAST in strikeouts, third in ERA and sixth in hits per nine innings (6.84). He was at his best when facing league opponents, as he went 2-2 with a 2.04 ERA, 47 strikeouts and a .199 opponent batting average in six starts versus BIG EAST foes. Over the final 23 starts of his collegiate career dating back to last season, Schryver was 10-8 with a 2.26 ERA, a .218 batting average against him and 153 strikeouts with only 115 hits allowed in 147 1/3 innings.
Schrvyer finished his collegiate career ranked second in school history with 249 career strikeouts, as well as sixth in innings pitched (277.1) and seventh in ERA (3.57). He was a first team All-BIG EAST selection in addition to being named to the All-Big 5 team in each of the last two seasons.
This is the 12th year of the Big 5 awards program for baseball and Czinege becomes the first offensive player in that time to be a four-time All-Big 5 selection. Czinege was voted onto the team at second base for the fourth consecutive year after another terrific season in which he was the Wildcats top offensive performer. He batted a team-best .283 and also led Villanova with a .353 on-base percentage, a .402 slugging percentage, 52 hits, three home runs and 25 runs batted in.
Czinege tallied 13 multi-hit games during the 2017 season, including five games with three hits or more. He played in 199 consecutive games during his collegiate career, starting every single game that the Wildcats played in during his four years on the team. Czinege ends his career ranked second in school history with 244 and 796 at-bats. He also is tied for fourth place in the Villanova record book with 10 career triples, ranks fifth with 343 total bases and is seventh with 199 games played. He closed out his career with a .307 batting average.
In addition to his athletic prowess, Czinege was named to the Big 5 All-Academic Team for his success in the classroom. He graduated from the Villanova School of Business as a Finance major, and has been named to three previous BIG EAST All-Academic Teams as well as the Fall 2016 Athletic Director’s Honor Roll. Czinege and Schryver are each among the 10 national finalists for the Senior CLASS Award which will be announced later this month.