The Seton Hall University baseball team began their three game series with James Madison University on Saturday. Friday night’s game was postponed due to weather and will be played at 1 pm on Monday. Seton Hall kicked off the series with another great performance, and earned a 15-4 victory. The victory was the 7th straight for the #22 ranked Pirates. Seton Hall RHP Josh Prevost faced off against James Madison RHP Patrick Toohers. The Pirates struck first on an RBI single by Kyle Grimm. The Dukes of James Madison answered in the bottom half of the 1st on an RBI single by Conner Brown. From there on though, it was all Seton Hall. The Pirates put up 12 runs in the first 5 innings, highlighted by a homerun in the 4th inning by D.J. Ruhlman. Seton Hall was led by Sal Annunziata who had 3 hits and 4 RBI’s. Other key contributors were Kyle Grimm who had 4 hits and 3 RBI’s, and Chris Selden who had 3 hits and scored 3 runs. The Pirates pounded a season high 22 hits in the rout. Josh Prevost did not have his best stuff today, but still got through 7 innings while allowing 4 runs and striking out 6. Prevost improved to 4-0, while Dan Ditusa and Steven Lombardi finished off the Dukes with 2 hitless innings. The Dukes were led by Ty McFarland who had 2 hits and an RBI. Center fielder Kevin Husum and SS Kyle Weston each had two hits as well for James Madison. Patrick Toohers fell to 0-3 on the season. The Pirates improved to 8-2 on the season and James Madison fell to 6-7.
Seton Hall is back in action tomorrow for the second game of the series against James Madison. The pitching matchup is LHP Anthony Elia (1-1) for Seton Hall up against RHP Chris Huffman (2-1) for James Madison. Huffman is coming off of a loss to West Virginia where he gave up 13 hits and 5 runs in seven innings. Elia is coming off of a start against Arizona where he pitched only 3 innings due to the game being postponed by rain. We will have a full recap tomorrow of the 2nd game in the series. Until then, Hazard Zet Forward.