Baseball Defeats Butler, 7-3
Pirates erupt for 14 hits as they record their first BIG EAST victory of the season.
April 5, 2014
After not scoring until the eighth inning on Friday, the Pirates put a run on the scoreboard in the top of the first on Saturday. Derek Jenkins (Annandale, N.J.) singled up the middle, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Zack Weigel (Oak Park, Ill.), stole third and scored on the catcher's errant throw.
Seton Hall (21-6, 1-1) starter Conor Krauss (Randolph, N.J.) was wild in the second inning and it led to a pair of Butler runs. The 6-foot-5 right-hander hit the first two batters of the inning and a sacrifice fly tied the game at one. With two outs and a runner on third, the Bulldogs took the lead on a throwing error by shortstop D.J. Ruhlman (Belle Mead, N.J.).
In the top of the fourth inning however, the Pirates offense erupted for four runs as they took the lead for good. Alex Falconi (Freeport, N.Y.) led off with a single up the middle. With one out, Mike Caputo (Morganville, N.J.) walked, advancing Falconi to second. After Jenkins grounded into a fielder's choice for the second out of the inning, Zack Weigel (Oak Park, Ill.) was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Ruhlman made up for his earlier gaff and singled hard up the middle to score both Falconi and Jenkins to give Seton Hall a 3-2 lead. Sal Annunziata (Bronx, N.Y.) followed with an RBI single for the Pirates' fourth run, and Kyle Grimm (Bergenfield, N.J.) singled to give Seton Hall a 5-2 advantage.
Two innings later, Annunziata doubled down the left field line, and was driven in by another RBI single from Grimm.
After Butler got a run back in the bottom of the eighth, Seton Hall scored its seventh and final run of the afternoon in the top of the ninth. After Chris Selden (Allenhurst, N.J.) singled and stole second with one out, Tyler Boyd (Succasunna, N.J.) drove him in with an RBI single to right field.
Krauss earned the victory, his first of the year. He went 5.0 innings, giving up two runs, only one earned, but walked five batters.
As a team, the Pirates collected 14 hits. Annunziata and Grimm had three apiece. Jenkins went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and three stolen bases.
Seton Hall will return to action tomorrow afternoon for the finale of this three-game series at Butler. First pitch is scheduled for Noon.