The Seton Hall Pirates traveled to Lawrenceville, NJ to take on the Rider University Broncos. Seton Hall emerged with a hard fought 4-3 win. The pitching matchup was RHP Luke Cahill (4-1) for the Pirates up against LHP David Hafer (1-1) for the Broncos. Seton Hall wasted no time getting on the board. In the top of the first, a triple from first baseman Sal Annunziata brought home Zack Weigel to give the Pirates a 1-0 lead. The Broncos tied the score in the third on a homerun by SS Mike Parsons. The score remained tied until the 7th. Center fielder Derek Jenkins reached on a dropped strike three, and after a sacrifice bunt and a groundout, Kyle Grimm stepped in. The Seton Hall third baseman delivered with a homerun to left field to give the Pirates a 3-1 lead. Sal Annunziata doubled later in the inning, and scored on an error to extend the lead to 4-1. The score remained 4-1 until the bottom of the ninth, when things got very interesting. Center fielder Nick Crescenzo and left fielder James Locklear each scored on groundouts to make the score 4-3. Seton Hall pitcher Dan Ditusa managed to escape the jam though, and the Pirates picked up the win. Luke Cahill picked up the win and improved to 5-1 on the season. The loss went to Josh Sharik who fell to 0-2 on the year. The Pirates were led by Sal Annunziata who had 3 hits and an RBI. Kyle Grimm had the big blast of the game, and right fielder Chris Selden added 2 hits. The Broncos were led by first baseman Justin Thomas, and SS Mike Parsons who had 2 hits apiece. The homerun by Grimm was his second of the season. With the win the Pirates improve to 19-5, and the Broncos fall to 6-16.
We would like to congratulate Seton Hall LHP Anthony Elia on being named the BIG EAST Pitcher of the Week. Elia turned in a great start on Saturday. The win was his first career complete game shutout, and he struck out 7 batters. We would also like to congratulate RHP Josh Prevost and outfielder Zack Weigel on being named to the BIG EAST Honor Roll.
The Pirates are back in action tomorrow in Princeton, NJ to take on the Tigers of Princeton University. The Tigers come in with a 7-11 record. They are currently on a three game winning streak, with a double header sweep of Dartmouth, and a win over Navy to their credit. We will have a full recap of the game when it goes final. Until then, Hazard Zet Forward.