March 2, 2014
TUCSON, ARIZ. - Junior Tyler Boyd (Succasunna, N.J.) went 2-for-4 with three RBIs as the Seton Hall baseball team defeated #22 Arizona, 4-2, in a rain-suspended, two-day affair.
Boyd crushed his first career home run in the fourth inning before the rains came on Saturday, and added a two-run double, after the rain on Sunday.
The game was locked in a pitcher's duel in its early goings, but in the bottom of the third inning Arizona appeared poised to score first. With just one out and runners on second and third, Arizona's Trent Gilbert hit a fly ball to Derek Jenkins (Allandale, N.J.) in left field. Zach Gibbons tagged third and raced for home, but Jenkins threw a bullet on target to the plate and Gibbons was out by a step.
In the next half inning, it was the Pirates' offense which struck first. With two outs, Boyd smashed his first career home run, a solo shot over the left field fence to give Seton Hall a 1-0 lead.
Shortly after the third out was made in the top of the fourth inning a downpour delayed play for a half hour before the game was officially suspended.
When play resumed on Sunday, it didn't take long for the Pirates' offense to start clicking again. With two outs in the top of the sixth, Kyle Grimm (Bergenfield, N.J.) walked and Sal Annunziata (Bronx, N.Y.) singled. Boyd followed with a two-RBI double to deep left-center field to extend the Seton Hall lead to 3-0.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, Arizona put runners on first and second with no outs. But Dan Ditusa (St. Charles, Ill.) entered and retired the next three batters in order, while keeping the Wildcats off the scoreboard.
The next inning the Pirates found themselves in the same corner. Ditusa put two runners on with no outs, but this time Arizona scratched across a run on an RBI ground out. Conor Krauss (Randolph, N.J.) came on to get the third out and limit the damage. Seton Hall got the run back right away however, in the top of the eighth. The Pirates plated their fourth two-out run of the game on an RBI single by Annunziata that scored Zack Weigel (Oak Park, Ill.).
The score would remain 4-1 until the bottom of the ninth inning. After Krauss struck out the leadoff hitter, he gave up a walk, a double, and a second walk to load the bases. Arizona's Trent Gilbert grounded out to third base, but a run scored and the tying runs moved into scoring position. After a third walk put the winning run on base, Krauss recorded the final out of the game on a grounder to first base.
Annunziata and Weigel also had two hits apiece for Seton Hall.
Junior Anthony Elia (Flanders, N.J.) started the game, pitching three innings without giving up a run, but his outing was cut short when the game was suspended. Sam Burum (Robbinsville, N.J.) was the first Seton Hall pitcher when the game was resumed on Sunday and earned the victory with two innings of shutout baseball. Krauss earned his second save of the season.