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.


Elia, Pirates Eliminate Blue Devils

The Seton Hall Pirates bounced back from their loss in game 1, to beat the Central Connecticut State Blue Devils 2-0 in game 2 of the double header. The pitching matchup was LHP Anthony Elia (2-2) for the Pirates against RHP Nick Neumann (0-1) for the Blue Devils. The game was scoreless until the 4th, when the Pirates got on the board. After a single from Zack Weigel, Kyle Grimm reached on a fielders choice. Sal Annunziata then laid down a sacrifice bunt. With runners on second and third, designated hitter Tyler Boyd tripled to center field to score Weigel and Grimm. These 2 runs would be the only runs scored in the game. Pitching was the story of the game, as both starters were solid. Neumann went 7 innings, allowing only 4 hits and striking out 8. Matt Blandino pitched the final two innings, and did not give up a hit. Anthony Elia was the real story of the game, registering his first career complete game shutout. Elia surrendered only 4 hits, while striking out 8. With the win, Elia improved to 3-2 on the season, while Neumann fell to 0-2. The Pirates improved to 18-5 on the season, while the Blue Devils fell to 5-7.

Pitching Performance of the Weekend: Anthony Elia-Although it is tough to go against what Josh Prevost has done, Anthony Elia’s first career complete game shutout came on the heels of a tough loss for the Pirates. For that reason, Elia’s performance gets the award. Anthony Elia 9 innings, 4 hits, 2 walks, 8 K’s, 0 runs.

MVP of the Weekend: Tyler Boyd- Boyd provided Anthony Elia with some much needed run support with a 2 RBI triple, which allowed the Pirates to split the double header. Boyd, 3 hits, 1 double, 1 triple, 2 RBI’s.

Number of the Weekend: 6, Josh Prevost has walked 6 batters this season. His 6 walks are less than the number of wins that he has. Prevost has 7 wins, and 6 walks.

The Pirates are back in action on Tuesday, in Lawrenceville, NJ, to take on the Rider University Broncos. We will have a full recap of that game when it goes final. Until then, Hazard Zet Forward.

Boyd, Annunziata, Power Pirates To Win

The Seton Hall Pirates traveled to Teaneck, NJ to take on the Farleigh Dickinson Knights in game 2 of the 3 game series. After a rough start, the Pirates battled back to earn a 10-5 win. The pitching matchup was RHP Conor Krauss for Seton Hall against RHP Brendan Butler for the Knights. After the Pirates were retired in order in the 1st, the Knights got on the board. Conor Krauss was touched up for 5 runs in .2 of an inning. The inning was highlighted by a double by SS Matt McCann that brought home 2 RBI’s. Luke Cahill came on in relief and got the final out of the inning. The Pirates answered immediately in the top of the second. First baseman Sal Annunziata blasted a solo homerun to right field to get the Pirates on the board. The homerun was the first of the season for Annunziata. The Pirates then took the lead for good in the third. With runners on first and second, designated hitter Tyler Boyd came through with a homerun to right center field. The homerun by Boyd capped a 5 run inning, and gave the Pirates the lead that they would not relinquish. The homerun was the third of the season for Boyd. Seton Hall got on the board again in the 5th inning. After singles from Kyle Grimm and Sal Annunziata, Chris Selden delivered a single to right field that brought home 2 runs. Both teams were scoreless until the 7th, when a Chris Chiaradio single brought home Tyler Boyd to make it a 10-5 Seton Hall lead. The score would hold and the Pirates came away with a 10-5 win. Luke Cahill did a masterful job for the Pirates. He came on in relief of Conor Krauss and pitched 6 shut out innings while allowing only 3 hits. Cahill improved his record to 4-1 on the season. Seton Hall was led by Tyler Boyd who had 3 hits and 3 RBI’s. Kyle Grimm had 3 hits, while Sal Annunziata and Chris Selden each had 2 RBI’s. The Knights were led by Matt McCann with 2 RBI’s. Brendan Butler took the loss and fell to 1-3 on the season. The Pirates improved to 14-4 on the season while the Knights fell to 6-9.

The Pirates will be back in action today at Owen T. Carroll Field in the final game of the series. The Pirates will be looking for their 4th sweep of the season. The Pitching matchup is LHP Anthony Elia (1-2) for the Pirates facing off against RHP John Chalupa (1-1) for the Knights. We hope to see a big crowd today to cheer on the Pirates as they go for the sweep of the Knights. We will have a full recap of the game when it goes final. Until then, Hazard Zet Forward.

Dukes Dominate, Even Series

The Seton Hall University baseball team was coming off of a blowout on Saturday, so James Madison returned the favor with a blowout of their own. James Madison rode 14 hits and 11 runs to their 7th win of the season, an 11-3 victory over the Pirates. The pitching matchup was Seton Hall LHP Anthony Elia against James Madison RHP Chris Huffman. The James Madison Dukes got on the board first in the 2nd inning. Designated hitter Josh Wyatt singled home the first run, then SS Kyle Weston scored on a wild pitch. Left fielder Chad Carroll singled and brought home Wyatt as well as Tyler Gregory to end the scoring in the 2nd. James Madison added 3 runs apiece in the 5th and 6th innings, as well as another run in the 7th to complete the scoring. The Dukes were led by Carroll who had 3 hits and 3 RBI’s. Kyle Weston had 3 hits, and Kevin Husum, Ty McFarland, and Carroll each scored 2 runs. James Madison got a great performance from Chris Huffman who improved to 3-1 with a complete game effort. Huffman scattered 8 hits, while giving up three runs and striking out 4. Seton Hall was held off of the board until the 7th inning when Kyle Grimm scored on an RBI ground out by Alex Falconi. The Pirates added another run on an RBI single by D.J. Ruhlman. The other Seton Hall run came in the 9th inning on the second homerun of the season by Tyler Boyd. For Seton Hall, Jackson Martin, Ruhlman, and Boyd each had 2 hits. Seton Hall pitcher Anthony Elia fell to 1-2 on the year as he only lasted 4 innings in this contest. Seton Hall falls to 8-3 and James Madison improved to 7-7. The loss snapped a 7 game win streak for the Pirates

The two teams will be back in action in Harrisonburg, Virginia for the rubber game of the series. RHP Luke Cahill will be going for the Pirates who look to bounce back. The Pirates and Dukes will settle the series at 1 pm, and we will have a complete wrap of the series and a preview of the next series after the game goes final. Until then, Hazard Zet Forward.