The Seton Hall Pirates were back in action today in Port Charlotte, Florida to face the Indiana Hoosiers in the Snowbird Classic. The Pirates were just off of a series where they lost three out of four to the FIU Panthers. The Pirates ended up handing the Hoosiers a 7-2 defeat. The pitching match up was RHP Shane McCarthy for Seton Hall against RHP Luke Stephenson for Indiana.
Both teams were quiet in the first inning. The Hoosiers would jump on the board in the top of the second. Short stop Brian Wilhite hit an RBI double to give Indiana a 1-0 lead. The Pirates would respond in the bottom half of the inning with an RBI single from Jackson Martin to tie the game at 1-1.
The score would remain 1-1 until the bottom of the sixth. Joe Poduslenko would score on an error to give the Hall a 2-1 lead. Mike Alescio would hit an RBI single to increase the lead to 3-1. A sac fly from Mike Caputo would give the Pirates a 4-1 lead. The Pirates would bust the game open an inning later in the bottom of the seventh. A Chris Chiaradio double and a Joe Poduslenko double with put two runners on for Mikael-Ali Mogues. Mogues would drill a home run to right field to give the Pirates a 7-1 lead.
The Hoosiers would get back on the board in the bottom of the eighth. Craig Dedelow would score on a Scotty Bradley single to cut the lead to 7-2. In the end, the Pirates would hold on to win by a score of 7-2.
B.J. Sabol took the loss for the Hoosiers and fell to 0-1 on the season. He threw 3 innings while allowing 1 earned run on 2 hits while out 5 batters. The starter Luke Stephenson threw 3 innings while allowing 1 run on 5 hits. Austin Foote allowed 3 runs on 2 hits in 1 inning. Brian Hobbie threw 1 clean inning for the Hoosiers.
Shane McCarthy picked up his first win of the season for the Hall and improved to 1-2 on the year. He threw 6 innings while allowing 1 run on 7 hits and striking out 6. Zach Schellenger threw 1 2/3 innings while allowing 1 run on 3 hits. Matt Ardente retired all 4 batters that he faced.
The Hoosiers were led by third baseman Luke Miller who had 3 hits and scored a run. Short stop Brian Wilhite had 2 hits and an RBI. Scotty Bradley had an RBI, and Craig Dedelow had 2 hits on the day.
The Pirates were led by Mikael-Ali Mogues. The first baseman had 3 hits, drove in 3 runs, and scored 2 runs. He hit his first home run of the season. Mike Alescio, Joe Poduslenko, and Chris Chiaradio each had 2 hits for Seton Hall. Mike Caputo, Mike Alescio, and Jackson Martin each had an RBI.
With the loss the Hoosiers fall to 1-6 on the season. With the win the Pirates improve to 4-5 on the season. The Hoosiers will now take on Illinois State tomorrow in the Snowbird Classic. They will take on the Pirates again on Saturday. The Pirates will take on the Ohio State Buckeyes tomorrow in Port Charlotte.
The pitching match up will be RHP Andrew Politi (0-0, 3.60 ERA) for the Pirates against LHP Tanner Tully (2-0, 1.59 ERA) for the Buckeyes. We will have full coverage of the game against Ohio State. Until then, Hazard Zet Forward.