April 1, 2014
LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. - Junior Kyle Grimm (Bergenfield, N.J.) connected on his second home run of the season, to put the Seton Hall baseball team ahead for good in a 4-3 victory at Rider on Tuesday.
With the game locked in a 1-1 pitcher's duel. Seton Hall's offense finally broke out in the seventh inning. With two outs and Derek Jenkins (Annandale, N.J.) on third, Grimm his launched a two-run home run over the left field fence to give the Pirates a 3-1 lead. Sal Annunziata (Bronx, N.Y.) followed with his second double of the afternoon, and advanced to third on an infield hit by John Beaubien (Livingston, N.J.). Seton Hall plated its fourth and final run on a shortstop error on a ground ball by Chris Selden (Allenhurst, N.J.) that allowed Annunziata to score.
Seton Hall (19-5) starter Luke Cahill (Tinton Falls, N.J.) got the win with another strong outing. The right-hander improved to 5-1 with six innings of one-run baseball. He struck out four batters and walked only one.
Annunziata had a huge game, getting on base four times, including two doubles.
With Seton Hall leading 4-1 in the bottom of the ninth, Rider mounted a late rally against reliever Dan Ditusa (St. Charles, Ill.). An infield hit and a soft double over Grimm's head at third, put runners on second and third with no outs. Steven Lombardi (Saddle River, N.J.) entered for Seton Hall and got the first two outs via ground balls, both of which scored runs. Lombardi hit the next batter to put the tying run on base, but struck out Rider's Brian Donnelly to preserve the win and earn his first career save.
Seton Hall got on the board early with a run in the top of the first inning. Sophomore Zack Weigel (Oak Park, Ill.) led the game off with an infield single. With two outs, Annunziata tripled to deep centerfield, which caromed off the centerfielder's glove. Weigel scored and the Pirates took a 1-0 lead.
After Cahill struck out the side in order in the bottom of the second inning, Rider's Mike Parsons led off the bottom of the third with a solo home run to deep left field to tie the game at one.
Seton Hall will return to action tomorrow afternoon when it travels to Princeton. First pitch is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.