March 28, 2014
NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. - Senior Josh Prevost (Belle Mead, N.J.) scattered just two hits over eight shutout innings as the Seton Hall baseball team won its fifth consecutive game with an 8-0 victory at Iona on Friday.
Prevost improves to a perfect 7-0 on the season. The 6-foot-8 right-hander struck out a career-high 11 batters and walked just one.
Seton Hall took control early with a four-spot in the top of the second inning. Freshman Mikael-Ali Mogues (New York, N.Y.) led off with a single and stole his first career base. D.J. Ruhlman (Belle Mead, N.J.) followed with a single through the left side, advancing Mogues to third. After Dillon Hamlin (Colts Neck, N.J.) was hit by a pitch to load the bases, Chris Selden (Allenhurst, N.J.) reached on a fielder's choice, which scored Mogues with the game's first run. Derek Jenkins (Annandale, N.J.) then dropped down a bunt base hit, which scored Ruhlman to give Seton Hall a 2-0 advantage. With two outs and two runners in scoring position, Chris Chiaradio (Teaneck, N.J.) delivered a two-RBI single up the middle to extend the Pirates' lead to 4-0.
The next inning, Seton Hall's offense broke through again. Ruhlman singled and stole both second and third. With runners on the corners and two outs, Jenkins hit another bunt single, which scored Ruhlman. Then, Iona starter Mariano Rivera threw wide of first base on a failed pickoff attempt and Selden scored to give Seton Hall a 6-0 lead.
The Pirates picked up two more runs in the seventh when Sal Annunziata (Bronx, N.Y.) scored on a passed ball, and a batter later, Ruhlman scored on a wild pitch.
Sophomore Sam Burum (Robbinsville, N.J.) pitched a perfect ninth inning for Seton Hall.
Seton Hall will return to action tomorrow when it remains on the road for a double-header at Central Connecticut State University. First pitch of the first game is scheduled for 11:00 a.m.