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