March 1, 2014
Josh Prevost (Belle Mead, N.J.) pitched eight strong innings of one-run baseball as Seton Hall upended #22 Arizona, 9-1, Friday night.
Prevost turned in his third consecutive quality start to begin the season and improved his record to a BIG EAST-best, 3-0. He gave up only five hits and struck out seven batters without issuing a single walk.
Offensively, Seton Hall pounded out nine runs and 13 hits. The Pirates were again led by junior Sal Annunziata (Bronx, N.Y.), who went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and an RBI.
Arizona starter James Farris entered the game having allowed just one earned run this season, but Seton Hall's offense struck for four runs just moments into the game. With one out, Chris Selden (Allenhurst, N.J.), Kyle Grimm (Bergenfield, N.J.) and Annunziata, hit back-to-back-to-back singles to load the bases. Tyler Boyd (Succasunna, N.J.) then promptly unloaded them, smashing a three-run triple into the right field corner. With two outs, D.J. Ruhlman (Belle Mead, N.J.) extended his hitting streak to seven games with an RBI single to right field, which scored Boyd, and the Pirates had a 4-0 lead.
In the top of the fifth inning, the Pirates tacked on another run. A single by Annunziata put runners on the corners and Boyd followed with a double play grounder that scored Grimm.
Prevost made quick work of Arizona in the game's early goings. The 6-foot-8 right-hander sent down the first 12 batters to face him until the Wildcats broke through with a leadoff double to begin the bottom of the fifth. Two batters later, the shutout was lost on an RBI single by Arizona's Jordan Berger.
But Prevost settled back down and retired Arizona in order in both the sixth and seventh innings.
The Hall's offense also struck for insurance runs in the game's final three innings. Among the late inning superlatives, Dillon Hamlin (Colts Neck, N.J.) smashed a two-out, two-run triple in the top of the ninth. Hamlin finished 2-for-5.
Arizona's James Farris took the loss. He falls to 2-1.
The victory is Seton Hall's fourth straight and improves its record to 5-2. It's the program's best start to a season since 1987. That season, the Pirates won their first BIG EAST Championship.
Seton Hall will resume its three-game series with Arizona tomorrow afternoon. First pitch is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. ET.