June 19, 2012
Following a terrific junior season for Villanova in which he established himself as one of the top all-around players in the region second baseman Tyler Sciacca (Staten Island, N.Y.) has been named to the 2012 ABCA/Rawlings All-East Region second team, as voted on by head coaches from schools in the region.
Sciacca was one of the top hitters in the BIG EAST this season and led the Wildcats with a .359 batting average while ranking first or second on the team in nine different offensive categories. At the end of the regular season he led all BIG EAST hitters with six triples and also finished the year leading Villanova with 24 walks, 17 stolen bases and five sacrifice flies. Sciacca tied for the team lead with 79 hits and a .500 slugging percentage while ranking second on the squad with 43 runs scored and 16 doubles.
After missing the 2011 season due to an injury Sciacca returned strong for Villanova and proved he was at the top of his game with an early three-week stretch in which he was nearly impossible to get out. He hit safely in 15 straight games - the longest hitting streak on the team for the season - from March 10-31 and in that span batted .508 (31-for-61) with 11 multi-hit games, seven doubles, four triples, six stolen bases and 14 runs scored.
In addition to his success offensively Sciacca continued to play incredible defense in the middle of the infield. He was one of only three players on the team who started in all 55 games and for the year compiled a .980 fielding percentage with just six errors in 302 chances.
Being named to the All-East second team is just the latest honor for Sciacca since the collegiate season ended. He was a second team All-BIG EAST pick last month and also was named the Philadelphia Big Five Player of the Year. Sciacca was the only player from a Big Five school to make one of the All-East teams.
ABCA/RAWLINGS ALL-EAST FIRST TEAM
Starting Pitchers - Matt Davenport (William & Mary), Jordan Elliott (Delaware State), Pat Light (Monmouth), Michael Trionfo (Towson); Relief Pitcher - Chris O'Grady (George Mason); Catcher - Chris Cowell (Richmond); First Base - Jared Hammer (Hofstra); Second Base - Matt Ford (Hofstra); Shortstop - Mike Garza (Georgetown); Third Base - Pat Kivlehan (Rutgers); Outfielders - Andrew Cain (UNC Wilmington), Bill Cullen (VCU), Danny Poma (Hofstra), Thomas Pope (UNC Wilmington); Designated Hitter - Zach Helgeson (George Mason)
ABCA/RAWLINGS ALL-EAST SECOND TEAM
Starting Pitchers - Tyler McSwain (UNC Wilmington), Jon Prosinski (Seton Hall), Zak Sterling (Richmond); Relief Pitcher - Blake Hauser (VCU); Catcher - Jeff Melillo (Rutgers); First Base - Rick Devereaux, Pittsburgh); Second Base - Tyler Sciacca (Villanova), Nick Favatella (Rutgers); Shortstop - Ryan Kresky (Fairleigh Dickinson); Third Base - Joey Cujas (VCU); Outfielders - Bob Donato (Bucknell), Brian Klukowicz (UMBC), Phil Ruzbarsky (Richmond); Designated Hitter - Jacob Mayers, Richmond