April 11, 2014
Josh Prevost (Belle Mead, N.J.) kept NYIT hitless over the first 6.1 innings as the Pirates routed the Bears, 21-0, on Friday.
Seton Hall's 21 runs are the most in program history since tallying 24 runs in a victory over Chicago State on March 11, 2003. Fourteen Pirates recorded at least one hit with Dillon Hamlin (Colts Neck, N.J.) and Kyle Grimm (Bergenfield, N.J.) leading the way with three hits apiece. Hamlin also recorded two doubles and a career-high five RBIs. Grimm had three RBIs and a team-high four runs scored.
Prevost improved to 8-1 on the season with arguably his most-dominant outing yet. The 6-foot-8 right-hander kept NYIT hitless over the first 6.1 innings. He finished with eight shutout innings, having given up just one hit, with a career-high 12 strikeouts and no walks.
Seton Hall (23-7) scored in each of the first seven innings and scored fewer than three runs in only one of those seven. The onslaught started in the bottom of the first inning when the Pirates pushed their first three runs across. Derek Jenkins (Annandale, N.J.) led off with a single through the left side and stole second base. With one out, Grimm tripled to center field scoring Jenkins with the first run of the game. After Sal Annunziata (Bronx, N.Y.) walked, Tyler Boyd (Succasunna, N.J.) delivered a sacrifice fly that plated Grimm. Chris Selden (Allenhurst, N.J.) followed with a single to left field to score Annunziata and extend the Pirates' lead to 3-0.
In the bottom of the second, Seton Hall scored three more runs and the rout was on. Joe Poduslenko (Glen Mills, Pa.) led off with a walk and advanced to second when Chris Chiaradio (Teaneck, N.J.) reached on a fielding error by NYIT's third baseman. Jenkins reached on a bunt base hit to load the bases with no outs. With one out, Grimm's sacrifice fly scored Poduslenko with Seton Hall's fourth run. Annunziata followed with a two-RBI double to left field to give the Pirates a 6-0 advantage.
Jenkins went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and two more stolen bases. He now leads the BIG EAST with 19 steals.
John Beaubien (Livingston, N.J.) didn't start, but still finished 2-for-3 with a double, a run scored and a career-high four RBIs.
Annunziata reached base in all four of his plate appearances, going 2-for-2 with two RBIs, two walks and three runs scored.
Chiaradio, Selden and Jackson Martin (Collegeville, Pa.) also had two hits apiece.
Seton Hall will return to action this tomorrow for the second and third games of this three-game series with N.Y.I.T. First pitch for the first game of the double-header is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.