Pirates Fall Flat in Opener

The Seton Hall Pirates baseball team kicked off the 2015 season against the North Carolina Tar Heels. The Pirates wound up falling to the Tar Heels by a score of 7-1. The pitching match up was RHP Luke Cahill for the Pirates against RHP Trent Thornton for the Tar Heels. It did not take long for the Pirates to get in trouble. After retiring the first 2 batters, Cahill gave up a single to Skye Bolt. The next batter was Tyler Ramirez and he deposited one over the right center field fence to make it 2-0 UNC. In the bottom of the 2nd the Pirates deficit grew larger as Joe Dudek homered to right and increased the lead to 3-0. The Pirates finally got on the board in the top of the 4th. Sal Annunziata singled up the middle and Kyle Grimm came in to score to cut the deficit to 3-1. The Tar Heels answered in the bottom half of the inning with an RBI ground out from Logan Warmoth to make it 4-1. They added to their lead in the 5th with a sac fly from Landon Lassiter, and then added 2 more runs in the 7th with RBI singles by Skye Bolt and Wood Myers. When it was all said in done, the Pirates would fall to the Tar Heels 7-1.

For the Pirates, Luke Cahill lasted just 1.1 innings while giving up 3 earned runs on 3 hits. He took the loss and fell to 0-1 on the season. Sam Burum came on in relief and threw 6.2 innings while giving up 6 hits and 4 earned runs. For the Tar Heels, Trent Thornton threw 4.1 innings giving up 1 run and striking out 6. Spencer Trayner came on for 2.2 innings giving up just one hit while striking out 2. Trayner earned the win and improved to 1-0. Hansen Butler and A.J. Bogucki each threw an inning of scoreless relief to close it out.

The Pirates were led by CF Derek Jenkins and 3B Kyle Grimm who had 2 hits apiece. Sal Annunziata had the lone RBI for the Pirates. The Tar Heels were led by SS Wood Myers and CF Skye Bolt who had 2 hits a piece. Right fielder Tyler Ramirez homered and had 2 RBI’s and DH Joe Dudek also homered.

These two teams will play a double header today starting at 11 AM to close out their 3 game series. The first game will feature LHP Anthony Elia for the Pirates matched up with RHP Benton Moss for the Tar Heels. In the second half of the double header it will be LHP Anthony Pacillo for Seton Hall against RHP J.B. Bukauskas for North Carolina.

The Pirates will be looking to bounce back and come away with 2 wins today. We will have a full wrap of the both of the games. Until then, Hazard Zet Forward.

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