PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - Senior centerfielder David Gulati (Collegeville, Pa.) and senior starting pitcher Ryan Doty (Rye, N.Y.) were each recognized for their performances during the 2018 season by earning a spot on the Philadelphia All-Big 5 team which was announced last week. The organization’s postseason honors were voted on by the head coaches and sports information directors of the four local Division I schools. It is the first time that both Gulati and Doty have earned postseason honors during their careers.
The pair of Villanova honorees were each four-year contributors during their careers and were among the Wildcats top performers during their senior campaigns. Gulati was one of just two players on the team who started in all 48 games during the year, while Doty made 11 starts on the mound and led the team in several pitching categories. Both student-athletes also moved up on the list of Villanova’s all-time leaders in a number of statistical categories.
Gulati batted .276 while posting a .364 on-base percentage and a .417 slugging percentage in 2018, all marks which ranked second on the team. He batted at the top of the lineup for much of the season and led the offense with 43 runs scored, 13 stolen bases and three triples. Gulati was second on the team with 12 doubles while also ranking third with three home runs and 25 walks. His 15 multi-hit games were a team high, including four games with three or more hits.
Of particular note in Gulati’s performance during the season was stealing 13 bases without being caught a single time. It is the second-most steals in a season without a caught stealing in school history. Gulati utilized his speed equally well at the plate, on the base paths and in the field throughout his career. He was a top defensive center fielder with outstanding range and a strong, accurate throwing arm. Gulati averaged more than three putouts per game in the outfield and tracked down five or more fly balls 11 times during the season. He added five assists as well, including throwing out four runners at third base.
Gulati finished his collegiate career ranked in the top-20 of four career categories in the Wildcats all-time record book. He is tied for sixth in triples (9), ranks 17th in sacrifice bunts (17), is tied for 18th in stolen bases (27) and is 19th in games started (166). He was a .245 career hitter overall in 176 games while amassing 148 hits, 104 runs scored and 51 runs batted in.
Villanova’s pitching staff was led by Doty for much of the 2018 season and he finished the year leading the team in strikeouts, ERA and innings pitched while tying for the team lead in wins and games started. He made 11 starts and logged 66.0 innings while totaling 63 strikeouts and averaging 8.6 strikeouts per nine innings. Doty held opponents to a .269 batting average against him and recorded two victories to go along with a 4.23 ERA over his 11 appearances. He also pitched the Wildcats only complete game of the year.
Doty averaged six innings per start and pitched into the seventh inning or later six times. He matched a season-high with eight innings in a start at Seton Hall where he also had a career-high 11 strikeouts and allowed two earned runs on seven hits in a hard-luck 2-1 loss. Doty also logged eight innings against both Sacred Heart and NJIT. He won two of his first four starts to open the season, a stretch which included striking out 10 over six innings while yielding just a run on two hits to defeat Norfolk State during the first weekend of the 2018 slate.
A four-year member of the weekend rotation, Doty started 42 of his 61 career collegiate appearances and logged 244.0 career innings while totaling 201 strikeouts, nine wins and a 4.43 ERA. He finished his Villanova career tied for ninth in school history in strikeouts, tied for 13th in innings pitched and ranked 16th with the fewest walks per nine innings (3.39) among pitchers with at least 100 innings. Doty allowed three earned runs or fewer in 28 of his 42 career starts, and also made 19 career relief appearances in which he had a 1.37 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP while recording two wins and three saves in 26 1/3 innings.