Ruhlman, Baseball Edge Georgetown, 5-4
Pirates win their fifth straight game as D.J. Ruhlman hits his third home run.
April 17, 2014
D.J. Ruhlman (Belle Mead, N.J.) went 2-for-4 with his third home run of the season to lead the Seton Hall baseball team to its fifth straight victory, a 5-4 victory at Georgetown on Thursday.
Seton Hall (26-7) starter Josh Prevost (Belle Mead, N.J.) pitched well, but control issues late prevented him from earning his ninth victory of the season. Instead, the 6-foot-8 right-hander had to settle for a no decision after six innings of one run baseball. Prevost allowed only one hit, struck out nine, but issued a season-high five walks.
Both starting pitchers had no-hitters through three innings, but Seton Hall finally broke through with two outs in the top of the fourth. Tyler Boyd (Succasunna, N.J.) walked and D.J. Ruhlman (Belle Mead, N.J.) crushed a two-run home run to right-center field to give the Pirates a 2-0 lead.
In the top of the fifth inning, Seton Hall added another manufactured primarily by the speed of Derek Jenkins (Annandale, N.J.). With one out, Jenkins reached on a bunt base hit and promptly stole second base. He moved to third on an infield hit by Zack Weigel (Oak Park, Ill.) and scored on a sacrifice fly by Kyle Grimm (Bergenfield, N.J.).
With one out in the top of the sixth inning, D.J. Ruhlman reached on an infield single and stole second base. Ruhlman tagged up and took third base on a fly ball by Selden and scored on an RBI single by Dillon Hamlin (Colts Neck, N.J.) to extend the Pirates' lead to 4-0.
Prevost started losing control as the game progressed. In the bottom of the sixth inning, three walks by the Pirates' ace loaded the bases, but he was able to escape unscathed. In the seventh however, Prevost walked the leadoff man and was removed in favor of Steve Lombardi (Saddle River, N.J.). Lombardi and Sam Burum (Robbinsville, N.J.) allowed four runs to score before recording an out. Burum finally bore down and prevented Georgetown from taking the lead, but the four Hoya runs tied the game at four.
In the top of the eighth inning however, the Pirates' offense struck again. Boyd led off with a double to center field and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Ruhlman then reached on an error by the Hoyas' shortstop, which allowed Boyd to score with the go-ahead run.
Burum continued his stellar pitching with a scoreless eighth inning and earned the win.
Junior Conor Krauss (Randolph, N.J.) assumed his familiar role as closer and worked a perfect ninth inning to earn his third save of the season.
Seton Hall will continue its three-game series with Georgetown at Shirley Povich Field tomorrow afternoon. First pitch is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.