By PATRICK GORDON, Managing Editor
December 27, 2015, 5:15 PM EST.
Junior second baseman Todd Czinege was named a unanimous selection to the Preseason All-Big East Team by a poll of the league’s head coaches.
Czinege has started all 100 games that Villanova has played the past two seasons and has batted .317 with a .363 on-base percentage and a .429 slugging percentage. He earned first team All-Big East accolades last season after being a second team selection as a freshman. His all-conference nod in 2015 made him the Wildcats first infielder since 2001 to be a first team All-Big East selection.
In 50 games last season, Czinege batted .327 and led Villanova with 70 hits for the year. He also ranked second on the team with 32 runs scored, 15 doubles, three triples and a .372 on-base percentage while also slugging .425, driving in 29 runs and stealing four bases in five tries. Czinege added to his conference recognition by earning All-Big Five honors at second base for the second straight year.
The Wildcats are predicted to finish tied for fifth place in the Big East, according to the Big East preseason coaches' poll. The club finished sixth last year in the conference with a 7-11 Big East record. Overall, the club finished 22-28.
Villanova opens the 2016 season with a three-game set at Houston beginning February 19th.
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