Pirates Set To Host Wildcats

The Seton Hall Pirates will be in action this weekend for a 3 game series with the Wildcats of Villanova University. The Wildcats come in with a 12-25 overall record, and a 3-6 record in BIG EAST play. The Pirates come in with a 28-9 overall record, and a 3-3 BIG EAST record. The pitching matchups are as followed. Game 1 on Friday will see RHP Josh Prevost (8-1, 1.66 ERA) for the Pirates squaring off against LHP Josh Harris (3-5, 5.96 ERA) for Villanova. Game 2 will see LHP Anthony Elia (3-3, 2.76 ERA) for Seton Hall against RHP Max Almonte (1-4, 5.16 ERA) for the Wildcats. The final game will be RHP Luke Cahill (7-1, 2.56 ERA) for the Pirates against LHP Hunter Schryver (1-5, 4.02 ERA) for the Wildcats. For the Pirates, SS D.J. Ruhlman has been leading the way so far this season. Ruhlman leads the team in batting average (.386) and is tied with first baseman Sal Annunziata in hits (44). Annunziata leads the Pirates in doubles (14), RBI’s (32), and total bases (67). Tyler Boyd leads the team in homeruns with 4, and Zack Weigel leads the team in runs with 34.

We hope you come out this weekend and support the Pirates in this huge BIG EAST matchup. First pitch is at 3:00 at Owen T. Carroll Field. We will have a full recap of Friday’s game when it goes final. Until then, Hazard Zet Forward.

Pirates Knock Out Knights

The Seton Hall Pirates took on the Farleigh Dickinson Knights in the final game of the three game series. The Pirates gained their 4th sweep of the season with a 5-1 victory at Owen T. Carroll Field. The pitching matchup was LHP Anthony Elia for Seton Hall against RHP John Chalupa for the Knights. Both pitchers dominated until the 4th when Farleigh Dickinson struck first. With 2 outs in the inning, first baseman Pat McClure singled to center, and brought home Shane Siebler. The Pirates responded in the 5th on a sac fly from Chris Chiaradio. The game remained tied until the bottom of the 8th. An error on the shortstop allowed the first run to score in the inning, and a sac fly from Sal Annunziata made it a 3-1 game. Next up was designated hitter Tyler Boyd who doubled down the right field line, and made it a 4-1 game. Chris Selden’s RBI single ended the scoring and made it a 5-1 Pirates lead. The score would hold, and the Pirates picked up their 4th sweep of the season. The Pirates improved to 15-4, while the Knights fell to 6-10. Anthony Elia was superb on the mound for Seton Hall. Elia went 8 innings while allowing only 1 run on 5 hits, while striking out 5. He improved his record to 2-2 with the win. Nick Cuono took the loss for the Knights, and his record fell to 1-1. The Pirates were lead by left fielder Chris Selden who had 2 hits and an RBI. Kyle Grimm, Sal Annunziata, Tyler Boyd, and Chris Chiaradio all had an RBI as well. The Knights were led by Pat McClure who had 2 hits and an RBI.

Outstanding Pitching Performance of the Weekend: Luke Cahill, Cahill came on in relief of Conor Krauss on Saturday and threw 6 shutout innings, which allowed the Pirates to get back in the game and get a 10-5 win. 6.0 innings, 3 hits, 2 K’s 0 walks

MVP of the Weekend: Designated Hitter Tyler Boyd, Boyd had a great weekend which included his team leading 3rd homerun of the season. 6 hits, 4 RBI’s, 1 homerun, 4 runs scored.

Number of the Weekend: 2, 2 Seton Hall starters went at least 8 innings this weekend, Anthony Elia (8.0 innings) and Josh Prevost (9.0 innings).

The Pirates are back in action on Tuesday at Owen T. Carroll Field to take on the Fairfield University Stags. The Knights will take on Monmouth on Wednesday. The Pirates will look to keep the momentum from their sweep over the weekend into this game against Fairfield. Fairfield is coming off of a win over Iona on Sunday. We will have a full recap of the game Tuesday when it goes final. Until then, Hazard Zet Forward.

Prevost, Pirates Take Down Knights

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The Seton Hall Pirates took on the Farleigh Dickinson Knights in the first game of a three game series on Friday at Owen T. Carroll Field. The Pirates came out on top 3-1 to take the first game of the series. The pitching matchup was RHP Josh Prevost for Seton Hall matching up with RHP Joe Flack for Farleigh Dickinson. The Pirates got on the board first in the third on a sacrifice fly by third baseman Kyle Grimm, which brought home Derek Jenkins. The score remained 1-0 until the 6th inning, when Farleigh Dickinson got on the board with an RBI double from second baseman Dylan Sprague. The Pirates answered in the bottom of the inning with 2 runs to make it a 3-1 game. With runners on second and third, right fielder Chris Selden came through with a single to center which brought home the 2 runs. The 3-1 score would hold, and the Pirates picked up their 13th win of the season. The story of the game though, was Josh Prevost. Prevost picked up the win to improve to 6-0 on the season. Prevost went the distance, scattering 4 hits and only walking 1 while striking out 5. The complete game was the third on the season for the right hander, who’s ERA improved to 1.69 on the season. Prevost has picked up the win in the opening game of every series for the Pirates so far. The loss went to Joe Flack who fell to 0-2. For Seton Hall, designated hitter Tyler Boyd, and left fielder Zack Weigel had 2 hits apiece. Chris Selden went 1-3 and had the biggest hit of the game, the single in the 6th that gave the Pirates the lead for good. For the Knights, Dylan Sprague had the lone RBI, and third baseman Joel Roman scored the only run. With the win, Seton Hall improves to 13-4 while the Knights fall to 6-8.

As an interesting note, a scout for the Chicago Cubs was at the game, and in a brief conversation with him, Blue Beard Army learned that he was there specifically for Prevost, writing down his every pitch with his own speedometer, topping out at 94 MPH.

The Pirates will be back in action today for game 2 of the series. The game will be at Farleigh Dickinson, before the Pirates return to Owen T. Carroll field for the final game on Sunday. The pitching matchup is RHP Conor Krauss (0-0) for Seton Hall going up against RHP Brendan Butler (1-2) for Farleigh Dickinson. We will have a full recap of the game when it goes final. Until then, Hazard Zet Forward.

Pirates to Play Butler at MSG

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Today at 7 PM EST, the Seton Hall Pirates will face the Butler Bulldogs at Madison Square Garden in the annual Big East Tournament, with the winner having the “privilege” to play #3 and top-seeded Villanova. In the past (and only) two meetings between Seton Hall and Butler, Butler has bested the Pirates, including the regular season finale. Senior Fuquan Edwin and company looks to put a stop to that tonight, as this could very well be his last game as a Pirate. Luckily, the Pirates have some good fortune working for them today.

Even with birthday wishes, there is no way to sugarcoat it: Butler has the Pirates’ number this season. With their latest defeat (which ensured them a losing record), it was an embarrassing 71-54 effort put forth by the boys in blue. However, as detail oriented as HC Kevin Willard is, the Pirates will almost certainly not make the same mistakes again. Seton Hall is even ever so slightly favored to win this game, and they have an entire fan base hoping they do.

While not technically an inaugural tournament, this tournament is the debut of the New Big East. Last year during the conference realignment that saw the “Catholic 7” (Seton Hall, Villanova, St. John’s, Providence, Marquette, DePaul and Georgetown) break away from the D-I football schools (USF, Cincinnati, UConn, among others) to form their own basketball centric conference. During their departure, they made sure to retain the rights to the name “The Big East” as well as the very important conference tournament at Madison Square Garden. If anyone has any doubt, just remember that this is technically the postseason, which means that anything can happen. As always, Hazard Zet Forward and go Pirates!