Delayed four days by the after-effects of last week's winter storm, the Saint Joseph's baseball team will play its 2017 home opener on Tuesday when the rival Villanova Wildcats visit Smithson Field.
• Saint Joseph's (1-11) is led offensively by junior catcher Deon Stafford, Jr., whose .310 average, .476 slugging percentage, and .491 on-base percentage are tops on the squad. Stafford is also tied for the team lead in runs scored (nine) and doubles (four) with senior Cal Jadacki as well. Stafford and senior Peter Sitaras have each driven in seven runs this season, good for second on the team.
• Senior Brian Lau is the Hawks' leading home run hitter with three longballs on the year; Jadacki, junior Dominic Cuoci, and sophomore Charlie Concannon have hit two apiece as well. Cuoci's 10 runs batted in pace the squad in that department.
• Freshman Matt Cuppari has seen an increase in at bats as the season has progressed. He is currently hitting .360 with a home run and three RBI in 27 plate appearances.
• Thanks to the winter storm and freezing temperatures that have gripped the area, the Hawks have been idle since a trip to Williamsburg, Virginia, on March 10 and 11. SJU split a pair of games, topping hosts William and Mary before falling to Yale.
• Villanova (2-11) was dormant this weekend as well. The Wildcats last played on March 11, suffering an 11-6 defeat to Western Michigan a day after pounding Iowa, 10-1, in the Snowbird Classic in Port Charlotte, Florida. Villanova went 2-4 in the Sunshine State, also earning a victory over Central Michigan while falling to Ball State, Boston College, and South Florida.
• Senior Todd Czinege once again leads the Wildcat offense, posting a .327 / .423 / .397 slash line and a team-best eight RBI. Czinege and junior Doug deMarrais have each hit a home run this season as well.
• Senior Donovan May is Villanova's leading run-scorer with nine on the season, while his four doubles and three stolen bases tie him for team leads with freshman Tyler Bruno and junior David Gulati, respectively.