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.

Blue Devils Silence Seton Hall Bats

The Seton Hall Pirates took on the Central Connecticut State Blue Devils in the first game of a double header in New Britain, CT. The Pirates could only muster 4 hits and fell to the Blue Devils by a score of 1-0. The pitching matchup was RHP Conor Krauss (0-0) for Seton Hall against RHP Tom Coughlin (1-1) for the Blue Devils. The game was scoreless until the 4th inning, when two walks and a wild pitch put runners at 1st and 3rd. Another wild pitch allowed center fielder J.P. Sportman to score and put the Blue Devils up 1-0. The score would hold, and the Blue Devils got the win. The Blue Devils improved to 5-6 while the Pirates fell to 17-5. Both teams only managed 4 hits apiece in the game. Tom Coughlin got the win, going the distance in a complete game effort. He allowed 4 hits, and 0 runs while striking out 6. He improved to 2-1 on the season. Conor Krauss took the loss for Seton Hall, going 4.1 and striking out 4 batters. He fell to 0-1 on the year. Dan Ditusa came on for 1.2 of hitless relief. For the Pirates, Kyle Grimm was the standout with 2 hits, and catcher Alex Falconi doubled. This was the first time the Pirates have been shutout this season.

Game 2 of the double header will start shortly, although there is a good chance of rain. Seton Hall LHP Anthony Elia will be on the mound for the Pirates. Elia is coming off of a performance against Farleigh Dickinson where he went 8 innings and gave up 1 run. 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