Feb. 14, 2014
NORMAN, OKLA. - Senior Josh Prevost (Belle Mead, N.J.)pitched six innings strong innings as the Seton Hall baseball team opened the 2014 season with a 7-5 victory at the University of Oklahoma on Friday.
Prevost gave up four runs, but just one of them was earned, while striking out five batters and walking just two. The historically staunch Pirates' defense committed an uncharacteristic four errors on Friday, which led to four of Oklahoma's five runs.
Senior Dillon Hamlin (Colts Neck, N.J.) and freshman Mike Caputo (Morganville, N.J.)each belted four of Seton Hall's 14 hits on the afternoon. Hamlin went 4-for-5 with his second career home run. Caputo, playing in his first collegiate game, went 4-for-5 with two RBIs. He did however, commit two of the Pirates' four errors.
The Pirates struck for a pair of runs in the top of the second inning. Sal Annunziata (Bronx, N.Y.) and Kyle Grimm (Bergenfield, N.J.) reached on back-to-back hit-by-pitches, and Hamlin reached on a bunt single to load the bases with no outs. D.J. Ruhlman (Belle Mead, N.J.)grounded into a double-play, but in the process, plated the first Pirate run. Caputo followed with a clutch two-out single down the left field line to put Seton Hall up 2-0.
Seton Hall extended its lead to 4-0 in the top of the fourth, scoring two more runs with two outs. Ruhlman reached on an Oklahoma fielding error and stole second. Caputo followed with a triple to center field to score Ruhlman. Sophomore Derek Jenkins (Annandale, N.J.)then singled up the middle to score Caputo and put the Pirates up by four runs.
Jenkins was one of four Pirates with multiple hits on the day. The sophomore started in left field and went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a stolen base in the leadoff position.
Oklahoma finally broke through on Prevost with a sacrifice fly run scored in the bottom of the fourth, but it was the Pirates' defense that let down Seton Hall in the fifth inning. Leading 4-1, Seton Hall gave up three unearned runs on a pair of errors in the bottom of the fifth to tie the score at four.
With one out in the top of the sixth inning, Hamlin launched a home run to deep right field to reclaim the lead for Seton Hall, 5-4.
The Pirates added a pair of insurance runs in the top of the seventh. Senior Chris Selden (Allenhurst, N.J.)hit a one-out double and moved to third on a wild pitch. Annunziata plated Seton Hall's sixth run with a sacrifice fly to right field and Grimm followed with an RBI single to give the Pirates' a 7-4 lead.
From there, the Seton Hall bullpen did a masterful job, holding Oklahoma to just one hit over the final three innings. With left-hander Dan Ditusa (St. Charles, Ill.) pitching in relief of Prevost in the seventh, two more Seton Hall errors led to a fifth Oklahoma run. However, Ditusa, sophomore Sam Burum (Robbinsville, N.J.) and junior Conor Krauss (Randolph, N.J.)held the Sooners scoreless the rest of the way.
Krauss, the Pirates' new closer, worked around a one-out single to earn his second career save.
Seton Hall will resume its three-game series at the University of Oklahoma tomorrow afternoon. Junior Anthony Elia (Flanders, N.J.) will take the mound against the Sooners' Adam Choplick. Game time is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. ET.