March 23, 2014
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. - Junior Anthony Elia (Flanders, N.J.) pitched eight strong innings as the Seton Hall baseball team defeated Fairleigh Dickinson, 5-1, on Sunday to complete a three-game sweep.
Elia went a career-high eight innings and gave up just one earned run to improve to 2-2 on the season. The left-hander also struck out five batters and didn't issue a walk.
Senior Chris Selden (Allenhurst, N.J.) had Seton Hall's top offensive game this afternoon. The left fielder reached base three times, going 2-for-3 with a walk, a run scored and an RBI.
For the majority of the game, a pitchers' duel ensued with Elia and Fairleigh Dickinson's John Chalupa matching each other's dominance.
FDU got on the scoreboard first with a run in the top of the fourth inning on a two-out RBI single to give the Knights a 1-0 lead.
Seton Hall (15-4) tie the score in the bottom of the fifth. Selden walked and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Dillon Hamlin (Colts Neck, N.J.). John Beaubien (Livingston, N.J.) followed with a bloop double down the right field line, which advanced Selden to third. Chris Chiaradio (Teaneck, N.J.) drove in Selden with a sacrifice fly to tie the score at one.
The game would remain locked at one run apiece until the Pirates broke the game open with four runs against FDU reliever Nick Cuono in the bottom of the eighth. Chiaradio singled to right field and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Zack Weigel (Oak Park, Ill.). After D.J. Ruhlman (Belle Mead, N.J.) walked, Kyle Grimm (Bergenfield, N.J.) hit a ball to short that FDU's shortstop couldn't handle. The error enabled Chiaradio to score with the go-ahead run and advanced Ruhlman to third base. Sal Annunziata (Bronx, N.Y.) delivered a sacrifice fly that scored Ruhlman with the Pirates' third run. Tyler Boyd (Succasunna, N.J.) followed with a double down the right field line, which scored Grimm all the way from first base. Finally, Selden singled to score Boyd with the fifth and final run of the afternoon for Seton Hall.
Seton Hall will return to action on Tuesday, March 25 when it hosts Fairfield in a mid-week game at Owen T. Carroll Field. First pitch is scheduled for 4:15 p.m.