The Seton Hall baseball team was back in action today for their home opener against the NJIT Highlanders. The Pirates would come away with a 9-2 victory in their home opener. The pitching match up was RHP Zach Prendergast for the Pirates against RHP John Saviano for NJIT.
The Pirates would strike first in this one in a big way. In the bottom of the second, a single from Mike Caputo scored 2 runs to give the Pirates a 2-0 lead. A Chris Chiaradio RBI single would give the Hall a 3-0 lead. Derek Jenkins would drive in 2 runs with a double to open the lead up to 5-0. Joe Poduslenko would add to the lead with an RBI single to give Seton Hall a 6-0 lead. Mikael-Ali Mogues would end the scoring with an RBI double to open up the lead to 7-0 after 2 innings.
The score would remain 7-0 until the bottom of the sixth. Derek Jenkins would score on a wild pitch to give the Hall an 8-0 lead. Chris Villa would add an RBI single to increase the lead to 9-0. NJIT would get on the board in the top of the eighth. Johnny Malatesta would score on a fielders choice to cut the lead to 9-1. NJIT would add another run in the top of the ninth when Matt Yuhas scored on a fielders choice to cut the lead to 9-2. The Pirates would end up winning by a score of 9-2.
John Saviano took the loss for the Highlanders and fell to 0-3 on the season. He threw 1 2/3 innings while allowing 7 runs on 6 hits. Brent Jones threw 1 1/3 innings while allowing no runs. Andres Fernandez threw 1 1/3 innings while allowing no runs. Tommy Derer threw 2/3 of an inning while allowing 1 earned run. Justin Chin (2 innings), Chris Gibbons (1/3 of an inning), and Brett Lubreski (2/3 of an inning) all allowed 0 runs.
Zach Prendergast picked up the win for Seton Hall and improved to 2-2 on the season. He threw 6 innings while allowing 0 runs and just 4 hits. Anthony Pacillo threw 1 inning while allowing 0 runs. Zach Schellenger threw 2/3 of an inning while allowing 1 unearned run. Sam Burum retired the only batter he faced. Andrew Politi allowed 1 run. Matt Leon threw 1 inning while allowing 0 runs.
The Highlanders were led by Jesse Uttendorfer who had 2 hits on the day. Rex Macmillan and Stephan Halibej each had an RBI for NJIT. Matt Yuhas and Johnny Malatesta each scored a run for the Highlanders.
The Pirates were led by Joe Poduslenko who had 2 hits and scored 2 runs. Mikael-Ali Mogues also had 2 hits for the Pirates. Center fielder Derek Jenkins and second baseman Mike Caputo each had 2 RBI’s.
With the loss the Highlanders fall to 3-8 on the season. With the win the Pirates improve to 6-6 on the season. The Highlanders will head to Maryland on Saturday to take on Coppin State. The Pirates will head to Emerson, Georgia to take on Savannah State on Friday. We will have full coverage of the game on Friday. We will also have full coverage as the Pirates basketball team takes on Creighton in the Big East tournament. Until then, Hazard Zet Forward.