June 5, 2014
TUCSON, Ariz.--Freshman second baseman Todd Czinege (Overland Park, Kan.) was one of four players from BIG EAST teams to be named a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American in an announcement by Collegiate Baseball newspaper on Wednesday morning. Czinege is also one of seven second baseman selected nationwide for the honor.
In his first season playing collegiate ball, Czinege led Villanova in batting and topped the team in a total of four offensive categories. He was one of four players on the team to start in all 50 games during the year and he finished the season with a .306 batting average to go along with a .353 on-base percentage and a .434 slugging percentage. Czinege had a team-high 38 runs batted in and also led the Wildcats with 60 hits and five sacrifice flies. He was also tied for the team lead with four home runs and five stolen bases and added to his stat line with 26 runs scored, seven doubles, three triples and nine sacrifice bunts. Czinege was named a second team All-BIG EAST selection following the end of the regular season.
The list of Freshman All-Americans recognized by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper included four BIG EAST players, with Czinege and third baseman Robbie Knightes of St. John's the only two infielders in that group. Also being recognized from the conference were outfielder Michael Donadio (St. John's) and left-handed pitcher Anthony Pacillo (Seton Hall).
Czinege was also in a select group of second baseman who made the Freshman All-America Team. The group was led by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Freshman Player of the Year Jake Noll from Florida Gulf Coast and also included Camden Duzenack (Dallas Baptist), Brandon Lowe (Maryland), Will Savage (Columbia), Stephen Kerr (Florida Atlantic) and Steve Sada (Miami - Ohio).