LOUISVILLE, KY. - Junior Ryan Harvey (Manalapan, N.J.) pitched six innings of scoreless relief and the Pirates' offense banged out 19 hits as the Seton Hall baseball team defeated #19 Louisville, 9-4, on Sunday, winning the series.
With after two walks to start the top of the third, Seton Hall starter Brian Gilbert (Toms River, N.J.) complained of discomfort in his foot due to a blister and the Pirates' immediately relieved him in favor of Saturday's starter Ryan Harvey (Manalapan, N.J.). Harvey was masterful in relief, scattering three hits over six innings while striking out five and walking two to earn his third victory of the season.
Louisville (25-11, 8-4) struck first in the bottom of the second. Cole Sturgeon laced an RBI single with two outs, but the Pirates prevented further by damage by throwing out Zak Wasserman trying to score on the same play for the third out.
Trailing 2-0, the Pirates' offense woke up in the top of the fourth. Ryan Sullivan (Stony Point, N.Y.), Sal Annunziata (Bronx, N.Y.) and Kyle Grimm (Bergenfield, N.J.) led off the inning with three consecutive singles. Grimm's knocked in the Pirates' first run of the game. After Dillon Hamlin's (Colts Neck, N.J.) sacrifice bunt moved the runners to second and third, senior Dale Anderson (Calgary, Canada) delivered a sacrifice fly deep to right to score Annunziata with the tying run. Zack Granite (Staten Island, N.Y.) followed with an infield single, and Mike Genovese (Livingston, N.J.) drilled a single to left to score Grimm with the go-ahead run.
Genovese would finish 4-for-5 with two RBIs in the game.
Leading off the top of the sixth inning, Sal Annunziata crushed his first collegiate home run to give Seton Hall an important insurance run, 4-2. The homer may have rattled Louisville pitcher Matt Cook as he allowed an RBI single to Genovese and an RBI double to Will Walsh (New Milford, N.J.) to extend the Pirates' lead to 6-2.
In the eighth inning, the Pirates tacked on three more insurance runs to take a 9-2 lead. The big blow was a Walsh 2-RBI double. For the game, Walsh finished 3-for-5 for the game with a team-leading three RBIs.
Louisville rallied in the ninth, pushing two runs across, but Rick Mangione (Orange, Conn.) shut the door after a rocky start to send the Pirates to victory.
In addition to Genovese and Walsh, Granite and Grimm also had three hits for the Pirates. For the series, Seton Hall, statistically the BIG EAST weakest hitting team, out-hit Louisville, the BIG EAST's top hitting team, 38-to-28.
The series loss is the first for Louisville at home against a BIG EAST opponent since 2009.
Seton Hall (19-16, 7-5) will return to the diamond on Tuesday when it hosts NYIT for a mid-week showdown at Owen T. Carroll Field. First pitch is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.