March 2, 2014
TUCSON, ARIZ. - Junior D.J. Ruhlman (Belle Mead, N.J.) went 4-for-5 to lead an offense that erupted for 11 runs and 15 hits as the Seton Hall baseball team completed a three-game sweep of #22 Arizona with an 11-2 victory on Sunday.
The streaking Pirates have now won six straight games and out-scored the Wildcats, 24-to-5, over the three-game series.
Offensive accolades on Sunday were plentiful. Ruhlman went 4-for-5 with a triple, three runs scored and his team-leading sixth stolen base. Sophomore Zack Weigel (Oak Park, Ill.) reached base six times, going 3-for-4 with a double, two walks, two RBIs and three runs scored. Senior Chris Selden (Allenhurst, N.J.) went 2-for-5 with four RBIs.
Seton Hall scored early and often in Sunday's series finale. Weigel led off the game with a walk, and advanced to second on a ground out by Selden. Junior Kyle Grimm (Bergenfield, N.J.) followed with an RBI single through the right side to give the Pirates a 1-0 lead.
In the top of the second all nine Pirates came to the plate. Ruhlman led off with a single and moved to second when Chris Chiaradio (Teaneck, N.J.) walked. With one out, Weigel doubled down the left field line to score Ruhlman. Selden followed with a two-RBI single to left field and the Pirates had a 4-0 advantage.
Ruhlman led off the third inning with a triple to right-center field. Chiaradio followed with an RBI double down the left field line. With one out, Weigel scored Chiaradio with an RBI single to center field and extended the Pirates' lead to 6-0.
Meanwhile, Cahill was cruising until the fourth inning. Three straight Arizona singles to lead off the inning loaded the bases with no outs. A sacrifice fly netted the Wildcats' first run, and after another walk loaded the bases, a ground out cut the Pirates lead to 6-2.
Seton Hall got the runs back in the top of the fifth inning. Ruhlman's third hit of the day, three walks, a sacrifice fly and a passed ball led to two more Seton Hall runs in the top of the fifth inning. Ruhlman also stole his team-leading sixth base of the season while helping extend the Pirates' lead to 8-2. From there, the rout was on.
Cahill got the win and improved to 2-1 on the season. The right-hander went five innings with two earned runs and three strikeouts. Freshman Joe DiBenedetto (Staten Island, N.Y.) pitched two innings of scoreless relief and Steven Lombardi (Saddle River, N.J.) sent down the Wildcats in order in the final inning.
Freshman Jackson Martin (Collegeville, Pa.) recorded his first collegiate hit, scored two runs and walked twice in a fine outing by the Pirate newcomer.
Seton Hall will return to action on Wednesday, March 5 with a mid-week matchup at in-state rival Rutgers. First pitch in Piscataway is scheduled for 3:00 p.m.