Four from BIG EAST Named Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America

Villanova's Todd Czinege

Villanova's Todd Czinege

June 4, 2014

NEW YORK – More baseball awards were collected by the BIG EAST Wednesday as four players were named Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America by Collegiate Baseball magazine.

St. John’s led with two selections in third baseman Robbie Knightes and outfielder Michael Donadio. Seton Hall lefthanded pitcher Anthony Pacillo and Villanova second baseman Todd Czinege were also recognized.

Donadio, the BIG EAST Rookie of the Year and a first-team all-conference selection, batted .328 in 55 games to finish ninth in the conference. He finished the year with five home runs, 45 RBI, seven doubles, four triples and a league-topping 50 runs scored. He proved a multiple threat at the plate for the Red Storm, finishing fourth in the BIG EAST with a .434 on base percentage and fifth with a .487 slugging rate.

Knightes, a second-team All-BIG EAST selection, ended the year with a conference-best .399 batting average in 46 games and 40 starts. He added a second-best .458 on base percentage to go with six doubles and one triple amongst his 55 hits. He drove in 26 RBI and scored 20 runs.

Pacillo emerged as an important part of the Pirates’ rotation behind No. 1 Josh Prevost. He went 4-2 in 13 appearances, making nine starts and tossing one complete game while pitching to a 2.98 ERA (seventh in the conference) over 63.1 innings. He walked just 13 batters all season, leading to a 1.85 walks-per-nine-innings rate.

Czinege, a second-team All-BIG EAST pick, started all 50 games in which he played for the Wildcats and hit .306 with four home runs and 38 RBI. Defensively, he led the BIG EAST in both putouts (121) and assists (131) while committing just 16 errors to finish fourth in the conference with a .940 fielding percentage.