Results tagged ‘ Matt Szczur ’

7/30 Minor matters

The Iowa Cubs scored four runs in the eighth to beat Albuquerque, 4-2, on Thursday. Bryan LaHair had two RBIs and Mitch Atkins earned the win in relief, throwing three innings of one-run, three hit ball. Jeff Stevens picked up the save.

Craig Muschko gave up two runs on four hits over six innings in Tennessee’s 9-3 win over West Tenn. The Smokies scored five runs in the fifth. Russ Canzler had two home runs and drove in three. Tony Thomas had two RBIs.

Dae-Eun Rhee gave up three runs on eight hits over five innings in Daytona’s 8-3 win over Palm Beach, its 11th straight win. Michael Brenly reached base safely in his 27th straight game with a single.

Matt Szczur drove in runs in the first and ninth innings, including a game-winning walkoff RBI single with the bases loaded, to help Peoria beat Wisconsin, 3-2. Szczur, who hit a RBI triple in the first and added a double in the game, now has hit safely in 21 straight games. However, he’s scheduled to report to Villanova for football practice next week.

Alvaro Ramirez had two hits in Boise’s 3-1 loss to Vancouver. Mesa’s game against the Reds was postponed because of rain.

– Carrie Muskat

7/27 Szczur to Class A Peoria

Matt Szczur, the Cubs’ fifth-round pick out of Villanova, will be promoted from Boise to Class A Peoria. Szczur has hit safely in all 18 games with Boise, batting .397 (29-for-73) with nine doubles, 16 runs scored, eight RBIs, a .439 on-base percentage and .521 slugging percentage. With Villanova, he batted .443 (77-for-174) and was named to the All-Big East first team after leading the team in eight offensive categories.

Szczur also starred on the Villanova football team, whom he helped lead to its first National Championship (Football Championship Subdivision) as a junior in 2009.  He was named the Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year and Special Teams Player of the Year. In the national championship, he rushed for a career-high 159 yards, 270 all-purpose yards and was named Most Outstanding Player. His deal with the Cubs allows him to return to Villanova to play football in the fall, after which he is expected to decide between declaring for the NFL Draft or continuing his baseball career next spring.

Szczur also earned recognition and praise for donating his bone marrow to a young girl with leukemia earlier this spring. He missed 10 baseball games in order to help her.

– Carrie Muskat

7/27 Minor matters

Jeff Samardzija gave up three runs, one earned, on two hits and give walks over six innings in Iowa’s 6-5 loss to Round Rock. Samardzija also hit his first homer, going 2-for-3, and struck out seven. Bryan LaHair also homered.

Rafael Dolis gave up one run on two hits over three innings in Tennessee’s 10-5 win over Mississippi. Tony Thomas drove in four runs and hit his eighth home run. Brandon Guyer had three hits.

Nicholas Struck gave up two runs on three hits in five innings in Peoria’s 6-5 win over Lake County. The Chiefs turned four double plays in the win. Nelson Perez hit a solo homer.

Matt Szczur extended his hitting streak to 18 games in Boise’s 4-3 loss to Yakima. He also had two RBIs.

– Carrie Muskat

7/15 Minor matters

Thomas Diamond was named PCL’s Top Star in the Triple-A All-Star Game Wednesday. However, the Pacific Coast League team lost, 2-1, to the International League. Diamond started and threw two scoreless innings, striking out two and walking two. Darwin Barney hit a RBI single in the second for the PCL’s only run.

Chris Archer continued his scoreless streak in Tennessee’s 5-0 win over Chattanooga. Archer has yet to give up an earned run in 17 innings over three starts since he was promoted to Double-A. The right-hander struck out four over five innings in Wednesday’s win. Russ Canzler had two hits and one RBI and Tony Thomas had two RBIs.

Michael Brenly extended his hitting streak to 13 games in Daytona’s 10-2 loss to Fort Myers. Brenly is hitting .449 in his streak. Alberto Cabrera took the loss, giving up seven runs, four earned, on six hits over 3 2/3 innings.

Nelson Perez hit a walkoff homer with two outs in the ninth to lift Peoria to a 10-9 win over Dayton. Hak-Ju Lee had four hits, including a double.

Richard Jones had three hits in Boise’s 4-2 loss to Salem-Keizer. Alvaro Ramirez and Matt Szczur each had two hits. Szczur now has a six-game hitting streak, and is batting .375 in that stretch.

Mesa scored four runs in the top of th eninth but lost to the Rangers, 7-6. Anthony Giansanti and Dustin Harrington each had two hits and one RBIs.

– Carrie Muskat

6/8 Fifth round: Matt Szczur

In the fifth round, the Cubs selected outfielder Matt Szczur, a two-sport star at Villanova. He was the first .400 hitter for Villanova this season since 1997, batting .443 (77-for-174) to earn first team All-Big East honors. His batting average was fourth highest in school history and his .392 career average ranks fifth all-time for the Wildcats.

He led the team in eight different offensive categories and posted a .487 on-base percentage and .667 slugging percentage. His 13 doubles, seven triples and four home runs were all team highs for the year as were his 38 RBIs. Coming out of high school, he was a 38th-round pick by the Dodgers but opted to go to school.

Baseball America ranked Szczur as the second-fastest runner among all college position players in the Draft and the 19th best center fielder among all Draft-eligible players.

The junior from Erma, NJ, throws and hits from the right. In 2009, he led the team in hitting, runs scored, hits, walks and on-base percentage and tied for the lead in stolen bases. Szczur did not play baseball in ’08 because of a football-related injury. He was the only Division I college football player in the country in 2009 to register touchdowns as a rusher, receiver, passer and kick returner.

Yet here is something that makes Szczur even more special. In March, he donated bone marrow to an infant girl battling juvenile leukemia.

“I’ll miss a couple of baseball games but it’s a no brainer to do it,” Szczur told the Delaware County Daily Times in March. “One of my best friends back home is fighting cancer. If I could do anything for her, I would. So I figure I should do anything to help this little girl out.”

Szczur also is considered a possible NFL Draft pick.

“In my heart, I really want to come back,” he said in March about playing at Villanova his senior season. “I would say the chances of me coming back are pretty good. But it depends on how my year goes with baseball, what [Draft] round I get picked up in and how much money I would make. If I’m a first rounder, I’ve go to go. And anybody would agree with me, too.”

– Carrie Muskat


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