COLLEGE STATION, TX - For a second straight game, the Seton Hall baseball team received a dominating performance from the opposing starting pitcher and was eliminated from post-season play with a 6-0 loss to Arizona, Sunday.
The loss ends the Pirates' memorable season with a final record of 34-25, the most wins by the program since 2001.
Arizona starter Konner Wade pitched seven scoreless innings and struck out two while walking four for the victory. Seton Hall starter Brian Gilbert (Toms River, N.J.) took the loss with five innings pitched, five earned runs, no strikeouts and one walk.
The Pirates mustered only four hits, two of which came from senior Sean Gusrang (Burlington, N.J.).
Arizona (38-20) got to Gilbert early with runs in the top of the first and second to give the Wildcats an early 2-0 lead.
The score would remain 2-0 until Arizona broke the game open in the top of the fifth. Two singles and a walk loaded the bases with no outs. Cole Frenzel followed with a single down the right field line scoring two more runs. Frenzel would finish with three RBI's on the day. Robert Refsnyder followed Frenzel with a ground out to short, but another run crossed the plate. Gilbert was able to get Arizona's next batter to line into a double play, but the damage had been done.
The Wildcats would add a final run in the top of the eighth inning on an RBI single by Alex Mejia.
Seton Hall would load the bases with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning thanks to three walks, but Giuseppe Papaccio grounded to the short stop who calmly stepped on second base to end the threat.
The loss marks the end of the collegiate careers for four Seton Hall seniors. Starters Frank Esposito (Staten Island, N.Y.), Sean Gusrang, A.J. Rusbarsky (Freehold, N.J.) and ace pitcher Joe DiRocco (East Hanover, N.J.) all graduated in May.
In a season that featured an 18-inning, 1-0 victory over Louisville, a nine-game win streak and a 4-0 victory over Arizona in the NCAA Regionals, among many other achievements, Seton Hall's greatest triumph was winning its third BIG EAST Championship.