March 22, 2014
TEANECK, N.J. - The Seton Hall baseball team scored 10 unanswered runs after trailing 5-0 to defeat Fairleigh Dickinson, 10-5, on Saturday to earn a series victory.
Sophomore Luke Cahill (Tinton Falls, N.J.) came on in relief and pitched six shutout innings, while scattering just three hits. The right-hander earned his fourth victory of the season, second-most in the BIG EAST to only teammate Josh Prevost, while striking out two batters and walking none.
The game began in disastrous fashion for the Pirates. After Seton Hall was retired in order in the top of the first, FDU jumped all over Pirates' starter Conor Krauss (Randolph, N.J.) in the bottom of the inning. Fairleigh Dickinson batted around, erupting for five runs on six hits and chasing Krauss after only two outs were recorded.
In the top of the second inning, Seton Hall got on the board when Sal Annunziata (Bronx, N.Y.) led off with his first home run of the season, a solo shot over the right field wall. Annunziata finished the day 2-for-4 with two RBIs, a walk, a home run and three runs scored.
The next inning, it was Seton Hall's turn to put up a five-spot. Alex Falconi (Freeport, N.Y.) was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. After Zack Weigel (Oak Park, Ill.) struck out, D.J. Ruhlman (Belle Mead, N.J.) doubled off the left field wall to advance Falconi to third. Kyle Grimm (Bergenfield, N.J.) hit a high pop up in the middle of the infield. FDU's infielders converged, but the ball found the turf and Falconi scampered down the third base line to plate Seton Hall's second run. Annunziata followed with a hard single to left field to score Ruhlman and cut Seton Hall's deficit to 5-3. Junior Tyler Boyd (Succasunna, N.J.) then put the Pirates in front with a three-run home run over the right-center field fence, 6-5.
Boyd finished the afternoon 3-for-5 with three RBIs, two runs scored, a stolen base and of course, his third home run of the season.
As Cahill continued to roll in relief, the Seton Hall bats continued to produce. Grimm and Annunziata drew back-to-back walks to lead off the fifth inning. With one out, Chris Selden (Allenhurst, N.J.) singled hard through the right side to score two more Pirate runs. John Beaubien (Livingston, N.J.) followed with a double to left center field which scored Selden from first base to give Seton Hall a 9-5 advantage.
In the seventh inning, Seton Hall recorded its 10th and final run of the afternoon when Chris Chiaradio (Teaneck, N.J.) drove home Boyd with an RBI single.
Kyle Grimm got on base a team-high four times on Saturday. The third baseman went 3-for-4 with a walk, two runs scored and an RBI.
Junior Dan Ditusa (St. Charles, Ill.) pitched the final 2.1 innings of the game for the Pirates and gave up just two hits while keeping the Knights off the scoreboard.
Seton Hall will return to action tomorrow as it goes for the three-game sweep of Fairleigh Dickinson back at Owen T. Carroll Field. First pitch is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.