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.


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.