The Seton Hall Pirates finally got to open up their home schedule against the Manhattan College Jaspers at Owen T. Carroll Field. The Pirates rode their ace Josh Prevost to a 2-0 victory in game 1 of the 3 game weekend series. It was Prevost matching up with Manhattan’s RHP Joey Rocchietti. The Pirates got on the board in the first inning, when third baseman Kyle Grimm hit a sacrifice fly to center field and brought home center fielder Zack Weigel. The Pirates were held off the board until the 7th inning when catcher Dillon Hamlin scored on a sacrifice bunt by second baseman Chris Chiaradio. This was a classic pitching duel though, Prevost and Rocchietti were both excellent in this game. Rocchietti took the loss on a complete game effort. He allowed 1 earned run on 6 hits while striking out 2. With the loss Rocchietti falls to 1-2 on the season. The story of the game was Josh Prevost. He was simply masterful in picking up the win to improve his record to a perfect 5-0. Prevost allowed just 4 hits while striking out 6 and surrendering no walks. This was the first career complete game shutout for Josh Prevost. Prevost has been dominant so far this season, picking up the win in the first game of each series this season. The Pirates were led by Kyle Grimm who had 2 hits as well as an RBI. D.J. Ruhlman, Sal Annunziata, Dillon Hamlin, and Chris Selden all hat a hit apiece for the Pirates.
The Pirates will be back in action tomorrow for the second game of the series against the Manhattan Jaspers. The pitching matchup is LHP Anthony Elia (1-2) for Seton Hall, up against LHP Mike Martin (0-2) for Manhattan. Elia is looking to bounce back from a rough outing against the James Madison Dukes. Elia took the loss, going just 4 innings while allowing 7 runs. For Manhattan, Martin is coming off of a loss to Florida Gulf Coast where he allowed 9 hits and 3 earned runs in 6.1 innings. Although he is winless, Martin boasts a solid 2.08 ERA. We will have a full recap of game 2 in the series tomorrow. Until then, Hazard Zet Forward.