Melting in Miami

The Seton Hall baseball team was back in action yesterday in Miami, Florida to take on the Florida International Panthers. The Pirates were looking to take the 2nd game of the 4 game series. The Pirates dropped the previous game 8-3. The pitching match up was RHP Zach Schellenger for the Pirates against RHP Christopher Mourelle for the Panthers. Ultimately, the Panthers would take the second game of the series by a score of 5-1.

The Pirates would get on the board in the top of the first. Joe Poduslenko brought in Zack Weigel with a single up the middle to give Seton Hall a 1-0 lead. FIU would answer in the bottom half of the inning with a JC Escarra RBI single to tie the game at 1-1. The score would remain 1-1 until the bottom of the fourth. Kenny Meimerstorf would score on an error to give the Panthers a 2-1 lead.

FIU would add to its lead the next inning. An RBI triple from Austin Rodriguez would give the Panthers a 3-1 lead. An inning later, Eddie Silva would score on a fielders choice and give FIU a 4-1 lead. An RBI single from Meimerstorf the next inning would give FIU a 5-1 lead. The score would hold and FIU would go on to defeat the Hall by a score of 5-1.

Christopher Mourelle picked up his first win of the season for FIU. He threw 5 2/3 innings while allowing 1 run on 7 hits while striking out 5. Dominic LoBrutto picked up his first save of the season. He threw 3 1/3 innings while allowing 0 runs on two hits with 5 strikeouts.

Zach Schellenger took the loss for the Pirates and dropped to 0-2 on the season. He threw 4 innings while allowing 3 runs on 5 hits. Andrew Politi tossed 3 innings allowing 2 runs on 5 hits. Anthony Pacillo threw 1 clean inning with 2 strikeouts.

The Panthers were led by Kenny Meimerstorf who went 2-3 with an RBI. Kolby Follis and Austin Rodriguez each had 2 hits and an RBI. JC Escarra and Irving Lopez each had an RBI for FIU.

The Pirates were led by third baseman Joe Poduslenko who had 2 hits and an RBI. Chris Chiaradio and Derek Jenkins each had 2 hits for Seton Hall.

With the win the Panthers improve to 3-4 on the season. With the loss the Pirates fall to 2-4 on the season. The Pirates will look to take game 3 of the series today. The pitching match up will be RHP Zach Prendergast (1-0, 1.29 ERA) for the Pirates against RHP Garrett Cave (0-1, 27.00 ERA) for the Panthers

We will have a full recap of the game which starts at 1 p.m. in Miami. We will also have full coverage of the Pirates basketball team as they take on Xavier at 12:30 p.m. in Newark. Until then, Hazard Zet Forward.

Pirates Split With Tigers

The Seton Hall baseball team was back in action on Sunday in the final game of their 4 game series against the Missouri Tigers in Ft. Myers, Florida. The Pirates were looking to split the series against the Tigers. The Pirates ultimately did split the series as they came away with a 9-1 victory. The pitching match up was RHP Zach Prendergast for the Pirates against RHP Ryan Lee for Mizzou.

The Pirates got on the board first in the top of the first when Chris Chiaradio doubled home Derek Jenkins to give the Hall a 1-0 lead. The Pirates added another run in the second inning when Mike Caputo doubled home Mikael-Ali Mogues and gave the Pirates a 2-0 lead. In the third inning, a bases loaded walk to Mogues gave the Pirates a 3-0 lead.

The score would remain 3-0 until the top of the fifth when Joe Poduslenko scored on an error and the Pirates took a 4-0 lead. Seton Hall broke the game open in the top of the seventh inning. Mike Caputo walked with the bases loaded to give the Pirates a 5-0 lead. The next batter was Mike Alescio and he cleared the bases with a double to increase the lead to 8-0.

In the bottom of the seventh the Tigers would finally get on the board when Brett Bond scored on a wild pitch. The Pirates would answer in the top of the ninth when Mike Alescio walked with the bases loaded to give the Pirates a 9-1 lead. The score would hold and the Pirates split the series and picked up their second win of the season.

Ryan Lee took the loss for the Tigers. He lasted just 2.1 innings while allowing 3 runs on 3 hits and 3 walks. Austin Tribby relieved Lee and pitched 2.2 innings while allowing 0 earned runs on 4 hits. Cole Bartlett pitched 1.2 innings while allowing 4 runs on two hits. Liam Carter pitched a third of an inning and gave up 1 hit. Brian Sharp and Graham Ruopp pitched the final 2 innings and gave up 1 run on 2 hits.

Zach Prendergast was magnificent for the Hall on Sunday. The right handed starter threw seven strong innings, allowing 1 run on 6 hits while striking out 8. Prendergast’s performance earned him Big East Pitcher of the Week honors. Andrew Politi pitched the final two frames allowing just two hits and striking out 3.

The Tigers were led by first baseman Zach Lavy who had 3 hits. Center fielder Jake Ring had two hits for Missouri. Brett Bond scored the lone run for the Tigers.

Mike Alescio led the Pirates on the day with 2 hits and 4 RBI’s. Mike Caputo had a pair of hits and 2 RBI’s. Ryan Ramiz also had two hits for Seton Hall. Mikael-Ali Mogues and Chris Chiaradio each had an RBI in the game. Mogues earned Big East Player of the Week honors for his performance this weekend.

The Tigers fall to 2-2 on the season with the loss. They will now head to Miami to take on the Florida International Panthers on Wednesday. The Pirates improve to 2-2 with the victory. They will head to Miami on Friday to start a four game series against Florida International.

We will have full coverage of the FIU series starting on Friday. Until then, Hazard Zet Forward.

Pirates Downed By Tigers

The Seton Hall Pirates baseball team was back in action today as they took on the Missouri Tigers in game 2 of their 4 game series. The Pirates wound up falling to the Tigers in Ft. Myers by a score of 4-1. This was the first game of a double header. The pitching match up saw RHP Zach Schellenger for the Pirates against RHP Tanner Houck for the Tigers.

The Tigers got out to an early lead when Shane Benes hit a sac fly and scored Ryan Howard to give Missouri a 1-0 lead after the first inning. The Tigers added to their lead in the bottom of the second when Connor Brumfield score on a fielders choice. Shane Benes would increase the lead to 4-0 when he hit a two run home run in the bottom of the third. The home run was the second in as many games for Benes.

The Pirates would be held off the board until top of the 6th when Ryan Ramiz would score on a double from Mikael-Ali Mogues. Seton Hall would threaten a few more times but would never be able to break through and wound up suffering their second loss of the young season.

Tanner Houck picked up his first win of the season for the Tigers. He shook of some early rust to throw 6 solid innings, allowing 1 run on 7 hits. He struck out 9 and walked 3 Pirates. Austin Tribby follow up with two scoreless innings, and Cole Bartlett picked up his first save of the season as he pitched a scoreless 9th inning.

Zach Schellenger was saddled with his first loss of the season. He threw 5.1 innings while allowing 4 runs on 3 hits. He struck out 8 batters and walked 3. Matt Leon threw an impressive 2.2 innings where he allowed just 1 hit and struck out 2.

Shane Benes led the Missouri Tigers with 3 RBI’s and hit his second home run of the season. Brett Bond, Jake Ring, and Ryan Howard each had a hit for the Tigers.

The Pirates were led by Mikael-Ali Mogues who had two hits and the lone RBI for the Hall. Mike Alescio and Chris Chiaradio each had two hits for the Pirates.

The Pirates fall to 0-2, and the Tigers improve to 2-0 on the young season. We will have a full recap of the second game of the double header when it goes final. The pitching match up is LHP Cullen Dana for the Pirates against LHP Michael Plassmeyer for the Tigers. Until then, Hazard Zet Forward.