March 16, 2014
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. - Four pitchers combined to toss a four-hit shutout as the Seton Hall baseball team downed Manhattan on Sunday, 8-0, for its fourth straight victory and a sweep of the series.
Junior Conor Krauss (Randolph, N.J.), making his first start of the season, pitched four innings of one-hit baseball and struck out six batters. Sophomore Luke Cahill (Tinton Falls, N.J.) came on in relief and tossed three scoreless innings to pick up his third victory of the season. Dan Ditusa (St. Charles, Ill.) and Steven Lombardi (Saddle River, N.J.) pitched the eighth and ninth respectively and preserved the Seton Hall shutout.
Seton Hall (12-3) scored single runs in the bottom of the second and third innings to grab an early lead. Sal Annunziata (Bronx, N.Y.) doubled to lead off the second inning and was driven home on an RBI single by Chris Selden (Allenhurst, N.J.) to break the scoreless tie. The following inning, Zack Weigel (Oak Park, Ill.) and D.J. Ruhlman (Belle Mead, N.J.) led off with back-to-back singles and Kyle Grimm (Bergenfield, N.J.) extended the Pirates lead to 2-0 with a double play ball that scored Weigel.
The contest would remain close until Seton Hall blew the game open with five runs in the bottom of the seventh. Weigel and Ruhlman again led off the inning with back-to-back singles and Grimm was hit by a pitch to load the bases with no outs. Annunziata followed with a single up the middle to score two runs and give Seton Hall a 4-0 lead. After Tyler Boyd (Succasunna, N.J.) walked, the bases were loaded again, and with one out, Selden doubled to left field scoring two more. Later in the inning, an RBI groundout by Derek Jenkins (Annandale, N.J.) extended the Pirates' lead to 7-0.
Ruhlman again led the offense, going 3-for-5 with a run scored. The Pirates' shortstop is now batting a team-best .441 on the season.
Annunziata, Selden and Weigel all had two hits apiece. Selden had a team-best three RBIs, while Annunziata drove in two.
Whereas last weekend it was the Pirates offense that carried the team to a series victory at James Madison, it was the team's pitching that did the trick against Manhattan. The Jaspers were twice shut out and mustered just two runs over the three-game series.
Seton Hall will return to action on Wednesday, March 19 when it hosts in-state rival Saint Peter's at Owen T. Carroll Field. First pitch is scheduled for 6:00 p.m.