The Seton Hall Pirates took on the Manhattan Jaspers on Saturday in game 2 of the 3 game series. The Pirates sent LHP Anthony Elia to the hill against LHP Mike Martin for Manhattan. The Pirates came out on top 3-2 in what proved to be a great day at Owen T. Carroll Field. The Pirates got on the board first in the bottom of the second inning. Catcher Dillon Hamlin got things started with a one out single, and after he stole second, right fielder Chris Selden singled to bring him home for the first run of the game. The Jaspers answered in the 4th on an RBI single by Brendan Slattery. Manhattan added another run in the 5th on a solo homerun by right fielder Jason Patnick. The Pirates responded in the bottom half of the inning with an RBI double by SS D.J. Ruhlman. The score would remain tied until the bottom of the 9th. After Selden flied out, and Chris Chiaradio grounded out, pinch hitter Jackson Martin drew a two out walk. A failed pick off attempt allowed Martin to advance to second, then Zack Weigel was hit by a pitch. This set the stage for D.J. Ruhlman, and he delivered with an RBI single to right center field that scored Martin. It was the first walk off win of the year for the Pirates who improved to 11-3, while the Jaspers fell to 2-12. On the hill, Anthony Elia was solid, allowing 6 hits and 2 runs while striking out 5 in 6 innings. Sam Burum went 2.1 innings and gave up only 1 hit, and Dan Ditusa went .2 of an inning, and picked up the win. For the Jaspers, Mike Martin gave up 2 runs in 5 innings, and LHP Joe Jacques picked up the loss by pitching 3.2 innings and giving up 1 run. Ditusa improved to 1-0 on the season while, Jacques fell to 0-2. The Pirates were led by D.J. Ruhlman who had 2 hits and 2 RBI’s. The Jaspers were led by Brendan Slattery who had 2 hits and an RBI.
The Pirates will be looking for the sweep today against Manhattan. The game is at 1 p.m. at Owen T. Carroll Field. The pitching matchup is Seton Hall RHP Conor Krauss (0-0) going up against RHP William Fabra (0-2) for the Jaspers. Krauss will be making his first start of the season. He has pitched well out of the pen, with a 1.42 ERA in 6.1 innings. Fabra is coming off of a loss to Florida Gulf Coast where he gave up only one hit, but walked 5 in 6 innings. The Pirates will look to keep the momentum going in this series and try to break out the brooms for a third time this season. We will have a full recap of the final game of the series later today. Until then, Hazard Zet Forward.