Ruhlman Sends Baseball to Walk-Off Victory
Pirates edge Manhattan, 3-2, with two-out rally in the bottom of the ninth
March 15, 2014
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. - Junior D.J. Ruhlman (Belle Mead, N.J.) lined a two-out RBI single to right-center field in the bottom of the ninth inning and the Seton Hall baseball team edged Manhattan, 3-2, on Saturday.
The victory is Seton Hall's third straight and first of the "walk-off" variety this season.
The Pirates (11-3) tallied the winning run after the first two batters recorded outs. Freshman Jackson Martin (Collegeville, Pa.) walked and advanced to second on an error by Manhattan pitcher Joe Jacques with a failed pickoff attempt. After Zack Weigel (Oak Park, Ill.) was hit by a pitch, Ruhlman delivered his game-winning hit.
Seton Hall received solid pitching all day long. Starter Anthony Elia (Flanders, N.J.) pitched well enough to earn the victory, giving up just two earned runs over six innings. He also struck out five batters and walked just one in a no decision. Sophomore Sam Burum (Robbinsville, N.J.) had his best relief outing of the season, pitching 2.1 innings of one-hit shutout baseball. Junior Dan Ditusa (St. Charles, Ill.) pitched to two batters in the ninth and retired them both to earn the victory.
The Pirates got their offense started in the bottom of the third. With one out, Dillon Hamlin (Colts Neck, N.J.) singled through the left side and stole second base. Senior Chris Selden (Allenhurst, N.J.) followed with an RBI single and the Pirates had a 1-0 lead.
Manhattan (2-12) tied the game in the top of the fourth when Brendan Slattery delivered a one-out RBI single, scoring Jose Carrera, who led off the inning with a double. The Jaspers took a brief 2-1 lead in the top of the fifth when Jason Patnick hit a solo home run to left field.
With one out in the bottom of the fifth inning Ruhlman doubled to left field, scoring Weigel from first base with the tying run.
Ruhlman was the lone Pirate with multiple hits. The shortstop finished 2-for-5 with two RBIs and a double.
Seton Hall will go for the sweep tomorrow afternoon when the teams meet for the finale of the three-game series. First pitch is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.