March 8, 2014
HARRISONBURG, VA. - The Pirates' offense erupted for 15 runs and 22 hits as the 22nd-ranked Seton Hall baseball team routed James Madison, 15-4, for its seventh straight victory on Saturday.
Seton Hall's 22 hits are its most in a single-game since banging out 22 hits in a 19-9 victory over Rider on April 20, 2004. Leading the offensive charge was junior Kyle Grimm (Bergenfield, N.J.), who went 4-for-6 with three RBIs and two runs scored. Junior Sal Annunziata (Bronx, N.Y.) added to his BIG EAST lead in doubles, collecting three more in a 3-for-6 afternoon. He also had a team-high four RBIs. Senior Chris Selden (Allenhurst, N.J.) also had three hits for the Pirates. He finished 3-for-4 with three runs scored, two stolen bases, an RBI and a sacrifice.
Senior starter Josh Prevost (Belle Mead, N.J.) improved to a perfect 4-0 on the season, going seven innings with four earned runs. The 6-foot-8 right-hander also struck out six batters and walked just one.
Seton Hall (8-2) got on the scoreboard in the top of the first inning. Zack Weigel (Oak Park, Ill.) reached on an infield single and moved to second on a sacrifice by Selden. Grimm followed with an RBI single up the middle to give the Pirates a 1-0 lead.
The lead however, was short lived as James Madison got the run back in the bottom of the first. The Dukes leadoff hitter Kevin Husum singled, stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error by Dillon Hamlin (Colts Neck, N.J.). Husum then scored the unearned run on a single to tie the game at one.
Proving their offensive mettle, Seton Hall struck for four runs in the top of the second. Chris Chiaradio (Teaneck, N.J.) led off with a single and was successfully sacrificed to second by Jackson Martin (Collegeville, Pa.). After Weigel was hit by a pitch, Selden singled up the middle to score Chiaradio. Grimm followed with a single to score Weigel, and a failed pickoff attempt and error allowed Selden to score. Annunziata then doubled to deep center field to plate Grimm and extend the Seton Hall lead to 5-1.
An inning later, Seton Hall took advantage of a costly JMU error to score four more runs. With two outs and a run already home in the third, Dukes third baseman Ty McFarland allowed a routine grounder, which would have ended the inning, to go through his legs. The Pirates responded with three straight hits, the third of which was a two-run bloop double by Annunziata, which extended the Seton Hall lead to 9-1.
In the top of the fourth, D.J. Ruhlman (Belle Mead, N.J.) led off with his first career home run, a lined shot over the left field fence.
James Madison scored twice in the bottom of the fourth, but Seton Hall got the runs back in the top of the fifth on RBIs from Annunziata and Hamlin to give the Pirates a 12-3 lead and The Hall never looked back.
Dukes' starter Patrick Toohers took the loss.
Seton Hall and James Madison will resume their three-game series tomorrow. First pitch is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.