March 14, 2014
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. - Senior Josh Prevost (Belle Mead, N.J.) pitched his first career complete-game shutout as the Seton Hall baseball team edged Manhattan in a pitcher's duel, 2-0, on Friday.
Prevost improves to a perfect 5-0 on the young season after scattering just four hits, striking out six batters and walking none in a dominant performance.
Manhattan starter Joey Rocchietti took the hard-luck loss. Rocchietti also threw a complete game, but surrendered runs in the bottom of the first and seventh which proved costly.
Sophomore Zack Weigel (Oak Park, Ill.) led of the game by being hit by a pitch. Junior D.J. Ruhlman (Belle Mead, N.J.) followed with a single to right-center field and Weigel advanced all the way to third. Kyle Grimm (Bergenfield, N.J.) drove in Weigel with a sacrifice fly and three batters into the game Seton Hall had a 1-0 lead.
The score would remain 1-0 with both starters in a groove until Seton Hall picked up an insurance run in the bottom of the seventh. With one out, Dillon Hamlin (Colts Neck, N.J.) singled to centerfield and advanced to second on an error by the centerfielder. Chris Selden (Allenhurst, N.J.) followed with a bunt single, which moved Hamlin to third base. The Pirates then executed a perfect squeeze play. Chris Chiaradio (Teaneck, N.J.) put down a well-placed bunt and Hamlin scored easily from third to extend the Seton Hall lead to 2-0.
Grimm was the lone Pirate with multiple hits. He went 2-for-3 with an RBI.
Seton Hall (10-3) and Manhattan will resume their three-game series tomorrow. First pitch is scheduled for 4:15 p.m.