Pirates Take Down Tigers

The Seton Hall Pirates were in action today in Princeton, NJ to take on the Princeton University Tigers. The Pirates came away with a 13-6 win, and head into BIG EAST play with a 20-5 record. The pitching matchup was LHP Anthony Pacillo (1-0) for Seton Hall against RHP Luke Strieber (0-2) for Princeton. The Pirates got on the board in the first inning. Third baseman Tyler Boyd singled to center field, which brought home Zack Weigel and Derek Jenkins. The game remained 2-0 until the 6th inning. After a Tyler Boyd double, and a Sal Annunziata single, designated hitter Mikael-Ali Mogues flew out to left field which allowed Boyd to score. Later in the inning, right fielder John Beaubien flied out to right field which allowed Annunziata to score and make it a 4-0 lead. The Pirates added two more in the 7th on a sac fly from Weigel, and an RBI single from Boyd. In the 8th, a wild pitch allowed SS Joe Poduslenko to score and make it a 7-0 lead. The Tigers got on the board in the 8th, and made it a game. RBI singles from second baseman Danny Hoy, and center fielder Alec Keller highlighted a 6 run inning and brought the Tigers to within a run. But, the Pirates answered in the top of the 9th, with 6 runs of their own. The 6 run inning was highlighted by a 2 run single from Sal Annunziata. Anthony Pacillo turned in his best start of the season. The lefty went 7 shutout innings, allowing 1 hit and one walk while striking out 8. He improved to 2-0 on the year. Dan Ditusa pitched a scoreless ninth inning for the Pirates. Luke Strieber took the loss and fell to 0-3. The Pirates were led by Tyler Boyd who had 3 hits and 4 RBI’s. Sal Annunziata had 2 hits and 2 RBI’s. Derek Jenkins and Joe Poduslenko each had 2 hits and scored 3 runs. For Princeton, catcher Brett Geren had a hit, scored a run, and had an RBI. The loss drops the Tigers to 7-12 on the season.

The Pirates are back in action this weekend in Indianapolis, Indian to take on the Butler University Bulldogs. The Bulldogs come in with a record of 11-16 in their first year in the BIG EAST. We will have a full recap of Friday’s game when it goes final. Until then, Hazard Zet Forward.


Broncos Downed By Pirates

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.

Pirates Finish Off Dukes

The Seton Hall University baseball team took the final game of the series against James Madison, by pounding out 24 hits and 19 runs en route to a 19-4 victory. With the victory Seton Hall takes 2 out of 3 from the Dukes and wins their third straight series. Seton Hall wasted little time getting on the board. In the top of the first SS D.J. Ruhlman homered to right center field, his second homerun of the season. Up next was third baseman Kyle Grimm who would not be outdone, blasting his first homerun of the season to center field. This is the first time that the Pirates have gone back to back this season. The Pirates scored in all but 1 inning, the third inning. The Pirates were led by center fielder Zack Weigel who had 3 hits and 3 RBI’s. Every starter for Seton Hall had an RBI. Third baseman Kyle Grimm had 4 hits and 2 RBI’s, Sal Annunziata had 2 hits and 2 RBI’s and Chris Selden also contributed 2 hits and 2 RBI’s. Pinch hitter Mikael-Ali Mogues came in for Sal Annunziata and after a walk in the 8th, he hit a two run homer in the 9th. The homerun was the third of the day for the Pirates and second of the season for Mogues. The Pirates pitching combination of Luke Cahill (3.1 innings), Joe DiBenedetto (2.2 innings), Steven Lombardi (1 inning), and Conor Krauss (2 innings, held the Dukes offense to 4 runs. The same Dukes offense who scored 11 runs the game before. DiBenedetto picked up his first win with his 2.2 innings of solid work, where he allowed 3 hits and no runs. The Dukes struck for their first run in the bottom of the second inning on an inside the park homerun by SS Kyle Weston. In the third inning, Ty McFarland doubled and brought home Kevin Husum. Later in the inning, first baseman Matt Tenaglia and brought home McFarland. James Madison was held off the board until the 8th when right fielder Tyler Gregory singled and brought home Josh Wyatt. James Madison pitcher Mark Gunst took the loss and fell to 1-2 on the season. Gunst went 11 hits while giving up 7 runs, but only 4 were earned. The 24 hits were the third most given up in the history of the James Madison baseball program.

The Seton Hall baseball team is back in action on Friday for what they hope will be the home opener against the Manhattan Jaspers. The game against Lehigh was supposed to be the home opener but it was cancelled due to the field being unplayable. The Dukes of James Madison will be back in action tomorrow in Charlottesville, Virginia to face the #3 ranked University of Virginia Cavaliers. Seton Hall improved to 9-3 with the win and James Madison falls to 7-8. We will have a full recap of game 1 against Manhattan, as well as any weather delays or postponements that may arise. Until then, Hazard Zet Forward.

Hat Tip to the Seton Hall Baseball twitter account for the fact about the 24 hits

Victory in Virginia

The Seton Hall University baseball team began their three game series with James Madison University on Saturday. Friday night’s game was postponed due to weather and will be played at 1 pm on Monday. Seton Hall kicked off the series with another great performance, and earned a 15-4 victory. The victory was the 7th straight for the #22 ranked Pirates. Seton Hall RHP Josh Prevost faced off against James Madison RHP Patrick Toohers. The Pirates struck first on an RBI single by Kyle Grimm. The Dukes of James Madison answered in the bottom half of the 1st on an RBI single by Conner Brown. From there on though, it was all Seton Hall. The Pirates put up 12 runs in the first 5 innings, highlighted by a homerun in the 4th inning by D.J. Ruhlman. Seton Hall was led by Sal Annunziata who had 3 hits and 4 RBI’s. Other key contributors were Kyle Grimm who had 4 hits and 3 RBI’s, and Chris Selden who had 3 hits and scored 3 runs. The Pirates pounded a season high 22 hits in the rout. Josh Prevost did not have his best stuff today, but still got through 7 innings while allowing 4 runs and striking out 6. Prevost improved to 4-0, while Dan Ditusa and Steven Lombardi finished off the Dukes with 2 hitless innings. The Dukes were led by Ty McFarland who had 2 hits and an RBI. Center fielder Kevin Husum and SS Kyle Weston each had two hits as well for James Madison. Patrick Toohers fell to 0-3 on the season. The Pirates improved to 8-2 on the season and James Madison fell to 6-7.

Seton Hall is back in action tomorrow for the second game of the series against James Madison. The pitching matchup is LHP Anthony Elia (1-1) for Seton Hall up against RHP Chris Huffman (2-1) for James Madison. Huffman is coming off of a loss to West Virginia where he gave up 13 hits and 5 runs in seven innings. Elia is coming off of a start against Arizona where he pitched only 3 innings due to the game being postponed by rain. We will have a full recap tomorrow of the 2nd game in the series. Until then, Hazard Zet Forward.