ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. - Seton Hall baseball jumped out to an early two-run lead in the first inning while freshman pitcher Jon Prosinski (Skillman, N.J.) (1-0) pitched six scoreless innings allowing only four hits while striking out six to pick up the victory as the Pirates defeated Big Ten opponent Northwestern, 3-0, in the final game of the Big Ten/BIG EAST Challenge. With the win the Pirates improved their record to 1-5.
Sophomore Will Walsh (New Milford, N.J.) led off the bottom of the first inning with a single, as did senior Michael Rogers (Portland, Ore.) two batters later. Walsh scored on an error by Northwestern catcher Chad Noble, just before junior Sean Gusrang (Burlington, N.J.) drove in Rogers for the second run of the game.
The score remained the same until the Pirates scored an additional insurance run in the bottom of the seventh on a sacrifice-fly by pinch-hitting freshman Nick Ammirati (Sparta, N.J.)
In addition to Rogers who had a hit and a run scored and Gusrang who delivered with a hit and an RBI, junior A.J. Rusbarsky (Freehold, N.J.) led the Pirates with two hits.
Senior Matt Singer (Bayonne, N.J.) picked up the save with a scoreless ninth inning of work as he continues to climb the Seton Hall record books with his eighth career save and 59 career appearance.
Northwestern starter Zach Morton suffered the loss after allowing two runs, none earned, on six hits in six innings of work.
The Pirates return to action Friday afternoon when they travel to William & Mary for a three-game set. First pitch on Friday is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.