March 27, 2014
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. - Freshman Anthony Pacillo (Lyndhurst, N.J.) pitched 7.2 innings as the Seton Hall baseball team defeated Saint Peter's, 11-3, on Thursday for its 2,000th victory in program history.
Seton Hall (16-4) has now won four straight games and improved its all-time record to 2000-1250-24 in 128 years of Pirates baseball.
Pacillo started and pitched seven shutout innings before running into trouble in the eighth and surrendering three earned runs. Pacillo struck out four, didn't walk a batter and earned his first career victory.
Mikael-Ali Mogues (New York, N.Y.) reached base in all four at bats to lead the Pirate offense. Mogues and Zack Weigel (Oak Park, Ill.) had three hits apiece. Tyler Boyd (Succasunna, N.J.) registered a team-high three RBIs.
The Pirates jumped all over Peacock starter Kevin Croucher right from the start. Weigel doubled to left field to lead off the game and advanced to third on a balk. Chris Selden (Allenhurst, N.J.) singled up the middle to plate Weigel with the game's first run. After Selden stole second, Boyd tripled to right-center field to give Seton Hall a 2-0 lead. With one out, Mogues singled home Boyd to extend the Pirate lead to 3-0.
In the bottom of the second, the Pirates' offense erupted for three more runs. With one out, Derek Jenkins (Annandale, N.J.) and Weigel reached on back-to-back bunt singles. Both stole and Selden walked to load the bases. Jenkins scored the Pirates' fourth run on a wild pitch. With two outs, Sal Annunziata (Bronx, N.Y.) singled to left to score Selden, and Mogues singled to right field to score Boyd and give Seton Hall a 6-0 lead.
In the fourth, Seton Hall plated a seventh run on an RBI groundout by Boyd. Two innings later, Jenkins scored an eighth run on an error by the Saint Peter's pitcher on a failed pickoff attempt, and Boyd's sacrifice fly scored Selden to give Seton Hall a 9-0 lead. In the bottom of the seventh, John Beaubien (Livingston, N.J.) delivered a two-RBI double to give the Pirates their 10th and 11th runs.
After Pacillo gave up three runs in the eighth, Steven Lombardi (Saddle River, N.J.) entered and registered the final four outs.
Seton Hall will return to action tomorrow when it travels to New Rochelle for a game at Iona. First pitch is scheduled for 3:00 p.m.