April 2, 2014
PRINCETON, N.J. - Freshman Anthony Pacillo (Lyndhurst, N.J.) allowed only one hit over seven scoreless innings as the Seton Hall baseball team defeated Princeton, 13-6, on Wednesday.
Pacillo allowed only two Princeton batters reach base in his most dominant outing as a collegian. The left-hander struck out a career-high eight batters and walked only one to improve to 2-0 on the young season.
The wild game was a blowout, turned nail-biter, turned blowout. Seton Hall had a 7-0 lead through seven innings, but saw the lead reduced to one as Princeton's offense awoke in the eighth inning. In the next half inning though, the Pirates' offense got all six runs back.
Seton Hall (20-5) got on the board right at the start of the game. Derek Jenkins (Annandale, N.J.) walked to lead off the game. Zack Weigel (Oak Park, Ill.) attempted to sacrifice bunt Jenkins to second, but Princeton second baseman Danny Hoy threw wide of first base. Jenkins advanced to third and Weigel cruised into second base. Tyler Boyd (Succasunna, N.J.) followed with a two-RBI single to left-center field and three batters into the game the Pirates had a 2-0 lead.
Princeton (7-12) appeared poised to score in the bottom of the fourth, putting men on the corners against Pacillo with no outs. But the big lefty bore down, recorded the first out on a liner to Boyd at third, and struck out the next two batters to keep the Pirates unscathed.
In the top of the sixth, Seton Hall scored a pair of insurance runs. Boyd led off with a double to left-center field and advanced to third on a single by Sal Annunziata (Bronx, N.Y.). Mikael-Ali Mogues (New York, N.Y.) followed with a sacrifice fly to left field, which scored Boyd with the Pirates' third run. Alex Falconi (Freeport, N.Y.) singled to right field, advancing Annunziata to third base. John Beaubien (Livingston, N.J.) then delivered the Pirates' second run-scoring sacrifice fly of the inning, scoring Annunziata to give Seton Hall a 4-0 advantage.
The Pirates plated two more runs in the top of the seventh. Freshman Joe Poduslenko (Glen Mills, Pa.) led off with a single and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Jenkins followed with a single up the middle, advancing Poduslenko to third. After Jenkins stole second base, Weigel scored Poduslenko with the Pirates' third sacrifice fly of the afternoon. Jenkins stole third base, and scored on an infield single by Boyd to give Seton Hall a 6-0 lead.
Seton Hall took a 7-0 lead in the top of the eighth inning, and the Pirates appeared to be cruising to another big victory. But with Pacillo now out of the game, Princeton erupted for six runs off of three Pirate relievers in the bottom of the inning.
With the Pirates clinging to a one-run lead, Princeton couldn't find the plate in the top of the ninth. Seton Hall took advantage of six walks and a Tiger error to score six runs on only one hit, a two-out bases clearing single by Annunziata.
Junior Dan Ditusa (St. Charles, Ill.) came on to pitch a scoreless ninth for Seton Hall.
Boyd finished the day 3-for-5 with a team-high four RBIs, two runs scored, a walk and a stolen base. Jenkins reached base five times, going 2-for-3 with three runs scored, three walks and three stolen bases. Falconi and Poduslenko also reached base four times and recorded a pair of hits.
Seton Hall will return to action this weekend when it opens BIG EAST play with the first of three games at Butler University. First pitch on Friday is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. ET.