Villanova 2-sport star Szczur donates bone marrow

Posted: May 05, 2010

Villanova's two-sport standout, Matt Szczur, underwent a procedure Tuesday to donate bone marrow to a 1-year-old girl with leukemia at Hahnemann University Hospital, according to a source close to the player.

Villanova officials and Szczur could not discuss the details of the surgery because of the National Marrow Donor Program's confidentiality standards. The baseball and football standout is scheduled to address the media on Thursday.

Szczur, a redshirt sophomore outfielder in baseball, did not play in last weekend's three-game series with Georgetown because he was taking medication to prepare for the procedure.

In November when it was disclosed that he was a donor, the university said that Szczur would have to begin taking medication four days before the procedure to increase his blood-forming cells.

Swelling of the spleen, bone aches and nausea are among the possible side effects that prohibited him from playing baseball while on the medication.

His status for this weekend's three-game series at Rutgers is uncertain.

The 5-foot-11, 190-pounder has a team-leading .435 batting average in 36 games. The preseason all-Big East selection also leads the team in on-base percentage (.483), slugging percentage (.634), doubles (11), triples (six) and home runs (three).

The player from Lower Cape May High completed his junior season in football in the fall. He is expected to be selected in June's Major League Baseball draft.

The speedster also is a Football Championship Subdivision all-American in football.

As a wideout, Wildcat formation quarterback and kick returner, he helped Villanova to its first national championship in December. He finished with 270 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns as the Wildcats beat Montana, 23-21, for the title.

Contact staff writer Keith Pompey at 610-313-8029 or kpompey@phillynews.com.

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