Hall Announces Non-Conference Schedule

The Seton Hall Pirates basketball program has announced its non-conference schedule for the 2016-17 season. The Pirates will kick off the season with a meeting against in-state rival Farleigh Dickinson at historic Walsh Gymnasium on November 11. The first game at the Prudential Center will be on November 13 when the Central Connecticut State Blue Devils pay a visit.

The Pirates will participate in the Gavitt Games on November 17 when they head to Iowa City, Iowa, to take on the University of Iowa. A week later the Pirates will head to Orlando for the Advocare Invitational. On Thanksgiving night they will take on the University of Florida. The next day the Pirates will either face Quinnipiac or the team they lost to in the NCAA Tournament a year ago, the Gonzaga Bulldogs. It isn’t determined who the Pirates will play in the tournament on November 27.

On December 1 the Pirates will return to the Prudential Center to take on Columbia. Seton Hall will then head out to Honolulu, Hawaii to take part in the Fox Sports Pearl Harbor Invitational. They will play Hawaii on December 6, and the University of California on December 7. On December 12 the Pirates return to Madison Square Garden to take on the University of South Carolina in the Under Armour Reunion.

Seton Hall returns home on December 17 when they take on the Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hens at the Prudential Center. The final non-conference opponent is the Rutgers Scarlet Knights in the annual Garden State Hardwood Classic. The Pirates currently have the trophy and will look to defend it on their home floor on December 23.

The Pirates have plenty of challenges in their non-conference schedule. We will have full coverage of the games throughout the season. Until then, Hazard Zet Forward.

Pirates Keep Rolling

The Seton Hall baseball team was back in action yesterday as they took on the Lafayette Leopards in South Orange. The Pirates were looking to make it 6 straight wins. The pitching match up was RHP Zach Prendergast for the Pirates against RHP David Bednar for Lafayette. The Pirates would come away with a 5-1 victory over the Leopards.

The Pirates wasted little time getting on the board. In the bottom of the first, Mikael-Ali Mogues would hit an RBI single to give Seton Hall a 1-0 lead. The Leopards answered in the top of the second. Andrew Landolfi would single home Alex Woinski to tie the game at 1-1. In the bottom of the second, a Chris Chiaradio RBI triple would give the Pirates a 2-1 lead.

The Pirates would add another run in the bottom of the third. A Zack Weigel RBI single would increase the lead to 3-1 in favor of the Hall. In the bottom of the fourth Ryan Ramiz would hit an RBI single to increase the lead to 4-1.

The Pirates would score in each of the first five innings. In the fifth, Mikael-Ali Mogues would score on a fielder’s choice to give the Hall a 5-1 lead. The score would hold and the Pirates would come away with a 5-1 victory over Lafayette.

David Bednar threw 1 inning and allowed 1 run on 2 hits. John Cain took the loss for Lafayette and fell to 0-3 on the season. He gave up 1 run on 2 hits in 1 inning. Connor McMahon, Trevor Houck, and Mitch Leeds each threw 1 inning and allowed 1 run apiece. Ryan Callanan, David Giusti, and Ari Kaufman each threw 1 inning and did not allow a run.

Zach Prendergrast picked up the win for the Pirates and improved to 3-2 on the season. He threw 7 innings while allowing 1 run on 6 hits. Andrew Politi threw 2/3 of an inning while allowing 0 runs. Anthony Pacillo retired the only batter he faced. Zach Schellenger threw 1 inning and allowed just 1 hit.

The Leopards were led by Andrew Landolfi who had 2 hits and an RBI. Short stop Steven Cohen also had 2 hits for Lafayette. Campbell Lipe, Alex Woinski, and Spencer Rouse each had a hit for the Leopards.

The Pirates were led by Zack Weigel and Mikael-Ali Mogues who each had 2 hits and an RBI. Chris Chiaradio and Ryan Ramiz each had a hit and an RBI for the Hall.

With the loss the Leopards fall to 2-8 on the season. With the win the Pirates improve to 10-6 on the season. The win was the sixth straight for Seton Hall. The Leopards will now head to Spartanburg, South Carolina to take on Radford on Saturday. The Pirates will remain home to take on the Manhattan Jaspers in a 3 game weekend series. The pitching match up on Friday will be RHP Shane McCarthy (1-2, 4.84 ERA) for the Pirates against LHP Tom Cosgrove (0-2, 5.94 ERA) for Manhattan.

We will have full coverage and recap of the game on Friday. Be sure to tune in to Tru Tv tonight as the Pirates basketball team takes on Gonzaga in the first round of the NCAA tournament. We will have full coverage of that as well. Until then, Hazard Zet Forward.

Inside The Enemy Ship: Gonzaga Bulldogs


After ten years of waiting, the Seton Hall Pirates are back in the NCAA Tournament! The reigning Big East Champions are a 6-seed in the Big Dance, and drew 11-seed Gonzaga in the Midwest region! The euphoria around campus is electric, and it’s spreading around the country as well, with the Pirates being the #4 best selling college team on http://www.fanatics.com, one of the country’s largest sports merchandise retailers. Pirate fever is sweeping the nation!

In this special postseason edition of “Inside the Enemy Ship”, we had the pleasure of speaking to Andy Buhler, the Managing Editor of the Gonzaga Bulletin. Check below for his thoughts on the upcoming game!

BBA: When the regular season started, where did you see Gonzaga going? After 17 straight NCAA tournament appearances, it must be expected at this point, right?
BUHLER: With a preseason No. 9 ranking, a front court dubbed by many as the country’s best and a lot of young talent seemingly poised for a high output right off the bat, there was nothing to dissuade anyone that Gonzaga would put itself in the position it did of having to win the WCC Tournament to secure an auto-bid. But after the loss of Karnowski, a true defensive treasure, the slow early play of the guards and a lot more losses than expected, it appeared as though the wheels might be falling off. That said, when the regular season started, I still saw Gonzaga coming full circle as a starting five and making the tournament. Those top six guys did that, and then some down the stretch.

BBA: What do you think of head coach Mark Few’s comments that the rest of WCC is “dragging the top three down”?
BUHLER: He’s certainly not wrong. I’m sure it’s frustrating having two real perennial competitors each year in conference play. A co-worker, Bulletin sports editor Josh Horton, put it nicely saying “Three teams compete for the top three spots year in and year out. The other six play for fourth.” Four WCC coaching jobs are vacant, so those programs, and the conference by extension, are at a critical juncture.

BBA: Do you think two time All-WCC first team Kyle Wiltjer has a future in the NBA?
BUHLER: At least a three-year future, yes. Regardless, though, Wiltjer has a long career in store in Europe — that, I’m quite sure of. I see him going in the second round and second rounders usually get a guaranteed contract. But it will be tough in those three years for him to create a need for his skillset. A lot of guys can score the ball and aren’t a defensive liability. I see guys like Ryan Anderson, though, and see a glimmer of hope for him.

BBA: How big was the loss of center Przemek Karnowski in December?
BUHLER: Catastrophic. It really would be a different season with him. I don’t think a lot of folks realize how much he impacted the game when he was on the floor from a defensive standpoint. Not to mention his leadership has certainly been missed.

BBA: What was the highlight of Gonzaga’s regular season?
BUHLER: Beating BYU in the Marriott Center on their senior night to close out the regular season. At that point, the Zags were 0-3 against Saint Mary’s and BYU and fresh off a loss at SMU. The scenario of having to win the conference tournament in order to go dancing was starting to look like a legitimate possibility, and at the very least, it needed momentum. Beating BYU in its own house, in what was a gutsy, gutsy win was definitely the highlight.

BBA: Heading into the NCAA Tournament, what are the expectations for the ‘Zags?
BUHLER: I really think now that the 18-year streak is still going, that a first-round exit would not be the end of the world for the Zags. But I know the team expects more and there are a lot of people, myself included, that believe Gonzaga can and will beat Seton Hall.

BBA: Before drawing Seton Hall, was the school common knowledge on the West Coast?
BUHLER: I can’t speak for the entire West Coast, but I had to google the university when they got the draw. I had no clue where it was. I knew it was in the Big East, and the impressive run to close out that conference tournament with wins over Xavier and ‘Nova caught my attention. But I can’t say I’ve seen an entire Seton Hall game.

BBA: Who should the Pirates be most worried about meeting on the court?
BUHLER: A rolling tandem of Wiltjer and Sabonis if Delgado gets in foul trouble. Those two are the team’s on-court leaders and can alter the momentum of any game. If Delgado is on the bench with fouls, the Pirates should be worried.

BBA: Which Seton Hall players do you believe Gonzaga should be most worried about on the court?
BUHLER: Isaiah Whitehead. WCC DPOY Eric McClellan will check him, as will Silas Melson off the bench for spells, but his impact on the game, motor and skill-set should raise concern in the scouting report.

BBA: What is the key for Gonzaga to win this game?
BUHLER: Few-to-no turnovers from McClellan and Perkins and shooting around 50 percent from the field as a team.

BBA: Final Score Prediction?
BUHLER: *Gulp* 78-75 Zags.

BBA: Anything else we should know about Gonzaga?
BUHLER: Starting PG Josh Perkins is from Denver and this will be his first time playing in Denver in three years. Also GU’s fan base travels really well.

While we respectfully disagree with Mr. Buhler’s prediction of a Bulldogs victory (BBA predicts a 77-70 win for the Pirates), we can’t thank him enough for lending his time and expertise to the site! Give him a follow on Twitter @a_buhla, or check out his work on The Gonzaga Bulletin.

The Pirates play in Denver on St. Patrick’s Day, with a 9:57 PM tip-off. For all those Pirates who are still on the East Coast, you can catch every moment on TRU TV, or via the the official NCAA March Madness apps. Now, more than ever, Hazard Zet Forward.

Sweet Sweep In Georgia

The Seton Hall Pirates were back in action on Sunday as they took on Nebraska-Omaha in Emerson, Georgia. The Pirates were looking to win the final game in Georgia after they had won the first two. The pitching match up was RHP Chris Morris for the Pirates against LHP Sam Murphy for Nebraska-Omaha. The Pirates would end up prevailing 2-1 over the Mavericks.

The score was 0-0 for a majority of this game. It wasn’t until the seventh inning that a team would get on the board. The Mavericks would get on the board on an RBI double from Sam Palensky to give Nebraska-Omaha a 1-0 lead.

The score would remain 1-0 until the bottom of the ninth. With 2 out and 2 men on, Mike Caputo would deliver a single to score 2 runs and give the Pirates a 2-1 win over Nebraska-Omaha.

Sam Murphy threw 5 innings while allowing 0 runs and just 2 hits. Brett Sasse took the loss and fell to 0-2 on the season. He threw 3 2/2 innings while allowing 2 runs on 3 hits. Ryan Cate gave up a hit to the only batter he faced.

Chris Morris threw 6 2/3 innings while allowing 1 run on 3 hits. Anthony Pacillo threw 1 1/3 innings while allowing 0 hits. Matt Leon picked up the win and improved to 1-0 on the season. He threw 1 inning and allowed 0 runs.

The Mavericks were led by Sam Palensky who had a hit and an RBI. Third baseman Clayton Taylor scored the lone run for Nebraska-Omaha. Cole Patterson also had a hit for the Mavericks.

The Pirates were led by Mike Caputo who had a hit and 2 RBI’s. Joe Poduslenko and Mikael-Ali Mogues each scored a run. Derek Jenkins, Jackson Martin, and Mike Alescio each had a hit for Seton Hall.

With the loss the Mavericks fell to 9-9 on the season. With the victory the Pirates improved to 9-6 on the season. The Mavericks will now face Fort Wayne on Friday. The Pirates will head home to take on Lafayette on Wednesday.

We will have full coverage of the game tomorrow. We will also have full coverage and a preview for the basketball team as they take on Gonzaga in the NCAA tournament. Until then, Hazard Zet Forward.