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

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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.

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.