Pirates Walk Off With A Win

The Seton Hall Pirates took on the Manhattan Jaspers on Saturday in game 2 of the 3 game series. The Pirates sent LHP Anthony Elia to the hill against LHP Mike Martin for Manhattan. The Pirates came out on top 3-2 in what proved to be a great day at Owen T. Carroll Field. The Pirates got on the board first in the bottom of the second inning. Catcher Dillon Hamlin got things started with a one out single, and after he stole second, right fielder Chris Selden singled to bring him home for the first run of the game. The Jaspers answered in the 4th on an RBI single by Brendan Slattery. Manhattan added another run in the 5th on a solo homerun by right fielder Jason Patnick. The Pirates responded in the bottom half of the inning with an RBI double by SS D.J. Ruhlman. The score would remain tied until the bottom of the 9th. After Selden flied out, and Chris Chiaradio grounded out, pinch hitter Jackson Martin drew a two out walk. A failed pick off attempt allowed Martin to advance to second, then Zack Weigel was hit by a pitch. This set the stage for D.J. Ruhlman, and he delivered with an RBI single to right center field that scored Martin. It was the first walk off win of the year for the Pirates who improved to 11-3, while the Jaspers fell to 2-12. On the hill, Anthony Elia was solid, allowing 6 hits and 2 runs while striking out 5 in 6 innings. Sam Burum went 2.1 innings and gave up only 1 hit, and Dan Ditusa went .2 of an inning, and picked up the win. For the Jaspers, Mike Martin gave up 2 runs in 5 innings, and LHP Joe Jacques picked up the loss by pitching 3.2 innings and giving up 1 run. Ditusa improved to 1-0 on the season while, Jacques fell to 0-2. The Pirates were led by D.J. Ruhlman who had 2 hits and 2 RBI’s. The Jaspers were led by Brendan Slattery who had 2 hits and an RBI.

The Pirates will be looking for the sweep today against Manhattan. The game is at 1 p.m. at Owen T. Carroll Field. The pitching matchup is Seton Hall RHP Conor Krauss (0-0) going up against RHP William Fabra (0-2) for the Jaspers. Krauss will be making his first start of the season. He has pitched well out of the pen, with a 1.42 ERA in 6.1 innings. Fabra is coming off of a loss to Florida Gulf Coast where he gave up only one hit, but walked 5 in 6 innings. The Pirates will look to keep the momentum going in this series and try to break out the brooms for a third time this season. We will have a full recap of the final game of the series later today. 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.