Pirates fall to Mountain Hawks

The Seton Hall Pirates were in action today in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania to face the Lehigh University Mountain Hawks. The Pirates fought hard but fell to the Mountain Hawks by a score of 3-2. The pitching matchup was RHP Sam Burum (2-0) for the Pirates against RHP Jayme Edwards (0-0) for Lehigh. The Pirates got on the board in the 2nd inning on an RBI single by center fielder Derek Jenkins. The game remained 1-0 until the 4th, when Lehigh got on the board. The Mountain Hawks got RBI singles from first baseman Connor Faust and designated hitter Tyler Brong to take a 2-1 lead. The score would remain the same until the top of the 8th. A two out single by SS D.J. Ruhlman set the stage for catcher Alex Falconi. Falconi delivered a double to left center to tie the score at 2. The Mountain Hawks would retake the lead in the bottom of the inning on a fielders choice. The Pirates got a runner to third in the 9th, but could not tie the game. The win improved the Mountain Hawks record to 20-19, and the loss dropped Seton Hall to 28-9. Conor Krauss took the loss for the Pirates, he falls to 1-2 on the season. Nick Macaione recorded the win for Lehigh and he improves to 1-2. The Mountain Hawks were led by second baseman Mike Garzillo who had 2 hits and scored 2 runs. The Pirates were led by third baseman Tyler Boyd had 2 hits for the Pirates. Derek Jenkins also reached base 3 times.

The Pirates are back in action on Friday for the start of a 3 game series with the Villanova Wildcats. The Wildcats are coming off of a 7-6 loss to St. Joseph’s. The Wildcats come in with a 12-25 record overall and a 3-6 BIG EAST record. We will have a preview of the series soon, and will have a full recap of the game Friday when it goes final. Until then, Hazard Zet Forward.

Peacocks Prevail

The Seton Hall Pirates took the field on a rainy afternoon in South Orange, NJ. The Pirates fought hard, but ultimately were defeated 9-8 to fall to 12-4 on the season while St. Peters improved to 4-12. The pitching matchup was LHP Anthony Pacillo for Seton Hall against LHP  Adam Purcilly. The Peacocks got on the board in the first on a sacrifice fly by first baseman Nick Henriquez. Seton Hall was held down until the 4th inning, when right fielder John Beaubien stepped to the plate with the bases loaded. Beaubien delivered with an RBI single to center, which scored Tyler Boyd and Sal Annunziata. Later in the inning catcher Dillon Hamlin scored on a throwing error. Seton Hall added to the lead in the 5th on a sacrifice fly from SS D.J. Ruhlman. The Peacocks answered in 6th with 3 runs, and the 7th with 5 runs. The Peacocks got RBI doubles from designated Jim Smith in the 6th, and left fielder Chris Hugg in the 7th. After a rain delay in the 7th, the Pirates began a furious rally. After the bases were loaded in the inning, a walk to D.J. Ruhlman brought in a run, and a groundout by third baseman Kyle Grimm brought home another run. Later in the inning, the bases were loaded again, and Tyler Boyd drew a walk to bring across another run. Going into the 8th, the Pirates were down 9-7. After a two singles and a throwing error, center fielder Zack Weigel flew out to left field, which allowed Chris Chiaradio to score and make it a 1 run game. The Pirates made some noise in the 9th, loading the bases with 1 out, but couldn’t get the big hit, and fell to St. Peters 9-8. The Pirates were led by second baseman Chris Chiaradio who went 3-3 with 2 runs scored. D.J. Ruhlman, and John Beaubien each had 2 RBI’s for the Pirates. The Peacocks were led by Jim Smith with 4 hits, while Chris Hugg and Nick Henriquez each had 3 RBI’s. The losing pitcher for Seton Hall was Zack Prendergast who fell to 0-1 on the year. Paul Schifilliti got the win for the Peacocks and improved to 1-0, while AJ Celentano picked up his first save of the season.

The Pirates will be back in action on Friday to begin a three game series with the Knights of Farleigh Dickinson. The pitching matchup will be Seton Hall RHP Josh Prevost (5-0) going up against Farleigh Dickinson RHP Joe Flack (0-1). First pitch is at 4:15 at Owen T. Carroll Field. We hope to see the Pirates bounce back and get back in the win column. The Pirates need your support, so come out and cheer on our #22 ranked Seton Hall baseball program. We will have a full recap of the game when it goes final on Friday. Until then, Hazard Zet Forward.

Pirates and Peacocks Square Off Tomorrow

The Seton Hall Pirates will take on the Peacocks of St. Peters tomorrow at Owen T. Carroll Field. The Pirates are coming off of a sweep against the Manhattan Jaspers. In the series, the Pirates gave up only 2 runs and scored 13. The Peacocks are coming off of a double header against Temple. Temple took the first game 2-1, but St. Peters won the second game 5-3. The Pirates will look to improve on their 12-3 record, coming off of their third sweep of the young season. The Peacocks are looking for their 4th win of the season, they currently hold a 3-12 record. The Peacocks have been led by SS Jon Kristoffersen who has 23 hits and 7 RBI on the season. Chris Hugg has also stood out for the Peacocks, with 5 doubles and 9 RBI. Zach Hopf has been the leader on the pitching staff, with 25 innings pitched and a solid 7.2 strikeouts per game. The Pirates have been led by SS D.J. Ruhlman who has posted a stellar average of .441 and has 26 hits on the season. When you add in his 5 walks, he has an on base percentage of .500. Ruhlman also leads the team in total bases with 37. First baseman Sal Annunziata leads the team in doubles (9) and runs batted in (17). Center fielder Zack Weigel leads the team in runs scored with 17. On the hill, the Pirates have been led by their ace, senior Josh Prevost. Prevost has posted a 5-0 record with a 1.85 ERA. He has two complete games including a complete game shutout. Opponents have only been hitting .193 off of Josh Prevost.

Josh Prevost and D.J. Ruhlman were honored this week for their performances over the weekend. Prevost was named Big East pitcher of the week the third time this season. Ruhlman was named to the Big East honor roll for the second time this season. Prevost threw his first career complete game shutout to lead the Pirates over the Jaspers. He surrendered only 4 hits and struck out 6 on the day. Ruhlman had a great weekend, with 6 hits and 2 RBI’s. He also had the walk off single on Saturday to win game 2 of the series. Congratulations to both Josh Prevost and D.J. Ruhlman.

We will have a full recap of the game on Wednesday when it goes final. We hope to see the seats filled, come out and support our #22 ranked Pirates. Until then, Hazard Zet Forward.

Pirates Break Out Brooms…..Again

The Seton Hall Pirates finished off their series with the Manhattan Jaspers with an 8-0 win. The win gave Seton Hall its 3rd sweep of the season. The pitching matchup was Seton Hall RHP Conor Krauss matching up with Manhattan RHP William Fabra. Seton Hall got on the board in the 2nd on an RBI single by right fielder Chris Selden. In the third, third baseman Kyle Grimm grounded into a double play that allowed Zack Weigel to score and make it a 2-0 lead for Seton Hall. From there, pitching was the name of the game as neither team scored until the 7th inning. The Pirates exploded for 5 runs in the inning and got out to a 6-0 lead. In the 8th, Mikael-Ali Mogues scored on a groundout by catcher Alex Falconi. Seton Hall was superb on the mound in this game. Starter Conor Krauss went 4 innings allowing only one hit, and striking out 6. He was followed by Luke Cahill who picked up the win and improved to 3-1 on the season. Cahill went 3 innings while surrendering only 2 hits. Dan Ditusa and Steven Lombardi pitched the final two innings, allowing only a single hit. For Manhattan, starter William Fabra went 5 innings while giving up 6 hits and 2 earned runs. Fabra took the loss and fell to 0-3 on the season. For the Pirates, SS D.J. Ruhlman had 3 hits and a run scored. Right fielder Chris Selden had 2 hits and 3 RBI’s to go along with some stellar defense, and first baseman Sal Annunziata had 2 hits and 2 RBI’s. Center fielder Zack Weigel also had 2 hits and scored 2 runs. For the Jaspers, center fielder Andrew Gorecki had 2 hits. Seton Hall improved to 12-3 on the season, and Manhattan fell to 2-13.

MVP of the weekend: Shortstop D.J. Ruhlman 6 hits, 2 RBI’s, walk off single on Saturday

Outstanding Pitching Performance: RHP Josh Prevost complete game shutout (1st career), 6 K’s, only 4 hits allowed

Number of the Weekend: 3, 3rd time Seton Hall has swept a series this season (Feb. 22-23 at Richmond, Feb. 28-March 2 at Arizona)

The Pirates will be back in action on Wednesday at Owen T. Carroll Field to take on the Peacocks of St. Peters. The Jaspers are back in action on Saturday in Hamden, Connecticut to take on Quinnipiac in a double header. We will have a full recap of the game on Wednesday against St. Peters. Until then, Hazard Zet Forward.