Feb. 22, 2014
RICHMOND, VA. - Senior Josh Prevost (Belle Mead, N.J.) threw his first career complete game as the Seton Hall baseball team defeated Richmond, 8-2, on Saturday.
The reigning BIG EAST Pitcher of the Week went the distance, allowing just six hits while striking out a career-best eight batters and walking just one. Prevost improves to 2-0 on the early season.
Offensively, the Pirates banged out 13 hits and eight different players recorded an RBI in an all-around team effort. Sophomore Zack Weigel (Oak Park, Ill.), making his first start of the season in the leadoff role, reached base four times. He finished 3-for-4 with a walk, a run scored and an RBI. Senior Sal Annunziata (Bronx, N.Y.) also had three hits for Seton Hall.
Seton Hall (2-2) got on the board right away in the top of the first inning. Weigel laced a leadoff single into right field and was sacrificed to second by Chris Selden (Allenhurst, N.J.). With two outs, junior Tyler Boyd (Succasunna, N.J.) delivered a single to center field to score Weigel with the first run of the game.
In the top of the second inning, D.J. Ruhlman (Belle Mead, N.J.) walked with two outs, stole second base and was driven home by a single up the middle by Weigel.
The Hall took control in the third inning when all nine Pirates came to the plate and the team exploded for four runs on four hits. With runners on first and second and one out, consecutive singles by Dillon Hamlin (Colts Neck, N.J.), John Beaubien (Livingston N.J) and Chris Chiaradio (Teaneck, N.J.), drove in runs. Ruhlman followed with a ground out to first, which also produced an RBI and the Pirates took a commanding 6-0 advantage.
Prevost ran into a little trouble in the bottom of the fourth. The 6-foot-8 right-hander issued a leadoff walk and Richmond's Matt Dacey followed with a two-run home run over the right-center field fence. Prevost rebounded nicely however, retiring the Spiders in order after the home run to preserve a 6-2 lead.
In a dominating afternoon, Prevost allowed only three base runners for the remainder of the game after the Dacey home run.
In the sixth inning, Ruhlman and Weigel started the inning with back-to-back singles. Selden laid down a perfect squeeze bunt. Ruhlman scored and Selden reached on Richmond's out attempt at the plate. With runners on second and third, Annunziata delivered his third hit of the game, an infield single, to score Selden and push the Pirates' lead to 8-2.
Richmond (0-4) starter Jonathan de Marte took the loss.
The Pirates will return to action tomorrow for the final games of their series at the University of Richmond. The first game of a double-header will begin at 11:00 p.m.