The Seton Hall baseball team was back in action today in Miami, Florida as they took on the FIU Panthers in the third game of a four game series. The Pirates were looking to pick up a win after FIU won the first two games in the series. Unfortunately it would be more of the same as the Pirates were beaten by FIU 10-1. The pitching match up was RHP Zach Prendergast for the Pirates against RHP Garrett Cave for FIU.
The Panthers would strike first in this one. In the bottom of the first JC Escarra doubled in two runs to give FIU a 2-0 lead. Austin Rodriguez would follow that up with an RBI single to stretch the lead to 3-0. The Panthers would add to the lead in the bottom of the second. An RBI single from Zack Soria and a sac fly from Austin Rodriguez would give FIU a 5-0 lead. The Pirates would get on the board in the top of the third on an RBI single from Matt Fortin to shrink the deficit to 5-1.
The lead would be added to in the bottom of the fourth. Austin Rodriguez scored Jack Schaaf on a sac fly to give FIU a 6-1 lead. Kenny Meimerstorf would hit an RBI double to give the Panthers a 7-1 lead. Zach Files would follow that up with an RBI double of his own that would score 2 runs and give FIU a 9-1 lead. The game would remain 9-1 until the bottom of the seventh. Rey Perez would score on a fielders choice to give the Panthers a 10-1 lead. The score would end up being the final as the Pirates dropped their third straight game.
Nate Pearson picked up the win for the Panthers and improved to 1-0 on the season. He threw 1 2/3 of an inning allowing just 1 hit. The starter, Garrett Cave threw 4 1/3 innings while allowing 1 unearned run on 4 hits while striking out 7. Richie Cruz threw 2/3 of an inning while allowing 0 runs and 0 hits. Robert Garcia struck out the only batter he faced. Michael Agis and Williams Durruthy each pitched a clean inning for FIU.
Zach Prendergast took the loss for the Pirates and fell to 1-1 on the season. He threw 1 1/3 innings while allowing 5 runs on 9 hits. Matt Leon threw 2 innings while allowing 3 earned runs on 3 hits. Chris Morris threw 2 2/3 innings allowing 1 run on 3 hits. Anthony Pacillo and Matt Ardente each threw a clean inning for Seton Hall.
The Panthers were led by center fielder Jack Schaaf with 3 hits and 3 runs scored. Irving Lopez had 2 hits and 2 runs scored. First baseman JC Escarra had 2 hits, 2 RBI’s, and 2 runs scored. Zack Soria and Kenny Meimerstorf each had 2 hits for FIU. Austin Rodriguez led the Panthers with 3 RBI’s and Zach Files had 2 RBI’s.
With the win the Panthers improve to 4-4 on the season. With the loss the Pirates fall to 2-5 on the season. The Panthers will look for the sweep when they wrap up the series on Tuesday. The Pirates will be looking to salvage the final game of the series. We will have a full recap and coverage of the game on Tuesday. Until then, Hazard Zet Forward.