Dec. 27, 2012
PROVIDENCE, R.I.--Senior infielder Tyler Sciacca (Staten Island, N.Y.) has earned Preseason All-BIG EAST honors, as announced this afternoon by the league office. Sciacca is a career .314 hitter for Villanova and is returning to the team for his final year of collegiate eligibility this spring. A poll of BIG EAST head coaches determined the preseason all-conference team as well as the predicted order of finish in the league standings.
Sciacca was a second team All-BIG EAST selection last season after starting all 55 team games and hitting .359 with a .430 on-base percentage and a .500 slugging percentage. He led or tied for the Wildcats lead in nine different offensive categories in 2012, while also continuing to play stellar defense. In the field he committed just six errors in 302 total chances.
Last season marked a terrific comeback for Sciacca, who sat out the 2011 season due to an injury. Last year he ranked fifth among all BIG EAST hitters with his .359 batting average and was among the top 10 league-wide in six different categories. Sciacca scored 43 runs and also had 16 doubles, six triples and 17 stolen bases last season.
In his collegiate career Sciacca has played in 140 games for Villanova and is a .314 hitter with 142 hits, a .399 on-base percentage and a .425 slugging percentage. He has scored 83 runs and has 72 runs batted in with 28 doubles, eight triples and two home runs while stealing 29 bases and being caught just five times.
As a fielder Sciacca is capable of playing both middle infield positions equally well. When the 2013 season opens he will be one of four returning everyday starters among Wildcats position players. Villanova returns 19 players overall from last season and opens the 2013 campaign on Friday, February 15.