Feb. 23, 2014
RICHMOND, VA. - The Seton Hall baseball team defeated Richmond, 6-2, in the second game of Sunday's double-header to complete the three-game sweep. The game was shortened to eight innings due to darkness.
Sophomore Luke Cahill (Tinton Falls, N.J.) came on in relief and pitched 4.1 innings of two-hit, shutout baseball to preserve a slim early lead.
Seton Hall (4-2) scored in the top of the first inning for a third straight game. With one out and two runners on base courtesy of a pair of hit-batsmen, junior Sal Annunziata (Bronx, N.Y.) delivered a two-RBI double deep to left-center field, and the Pirates took a 2-0 lead.
The lead didn't last long however, as Seton Hall starter Sam Burum (Robbinsville, N.J.) gave up a two runs in the bottom of the first on a pair of Richmond RBI doubles.
Not to be outdone, the Pirates offense again sprung to life in the top of the second. D.J. Ruhlman (Belle Mead, N.J.) walked and stole second base. With one out, Derek Jenkins (Annandale, N.J.) drove home Ruhlman with a single up the middle. After Zack Weigel (Oak Park, Ill.) walked, Chris Selden (Allenhurst, N.J.) reached on an error by the third baseman, which allowed Jenkins to score from second and extend the Pirates' lead to 4-2.
In the top of the fifth inning, Tyler Boyd (Succasunna, N.J.) walked to lead off. Dillon Hamlin (Colts Neck, N.J.) hit a tailor-made double-play ball, but the Richmond shortstop let it go through his legs. Boyd made it all the way to third, and Hamlin advanced to second base. One out later, Chris Chiaradio (Teaneck, N.J.) laced a two-RBI single to right-center field, extending the Pirates' lead to 6-2.
That was all the offense needed as Burum, Cahill and Dan Ditusa (St. Charles, Ill.) held the Richmond offense to just two runs over the first seven innings. Junior Conor Krauss (Randolph, N.J.) came on in the eighth and struck out the side in order.
Seton Hall outscored Richmond, 30-to-6, in the series.
The Pirates will return to action on Wednesday, February 26 for their 2014 home opener, provided the foot of snow melts in time. Seton Hall will host Lehigh with first pitch scheduled for 3:00 p.m.