Jenkins, Baseball Walk-Off on Monmouth, 4-3
Jenkins singles home the winning run with no outs in the bottom of the ninth inning.
April 22, 2014
Derek Jenkins (Annandale, N.J.) singled in a run in the bottom of the ninth inning to send the Seton Hall baseball team to a 4-3 victory over Monmouth on Tuesday.
Starting pitcher Anthony Pacillo (Lyndhurst, N.J.) pitched 7.1 innings and allowed only one run while striking out five and walking one for a no decision. Fellow freshman Ryan Testani (Shelton, Conn.) pitched the final 1.2 innings, lost the save, but earned the win.
Monmouth (11-20) scored on a sacrifice fly to take a 1-0 lead in the top of the third, and from there, both pitchers would keep the game low scoring until the late innings.
Seton Hall (28-8) finally broke through on Monmouth starter Anthony Ciavarella in the bottom of the fifth. Tyler Boyd (Succasunna, N.J.) singled and advanced to second when D.J. Ruhlman (Belle Mead, N.J.) walked. Chris Selden (Allenhurst, N.J.) followed with a sacrifice bunt, which moved both runners into scoring position. Dillon Hamlin (Colts Neck, N.J.) followed with an RBI single up the middle to tie the game. After Chris Chiaradio (Teaneck, N.J.) flew out, Jenkins followed with an infield single to plate Ruhlman with the go-ahead run, 2-1.
In the bottom of the eighth, Seton Hall scored an important insurance run on an RBI single by Ruhlman, which scored Kyle Grimm (Bergenfield, N.J.), to give the Pirates a 3-1 lead.
After doing a terrific job to get the Pirates through Pacillo's jam in the top of the eighth, Testani wasn't as fortunate in the top of the ninth. The Hawks got closer on an RBI infield single off Testani's glove with one out and tied the game with a sacrifice fly.
Monmouth didn't record an out in the bottom of the ninth before the Pirates scored the winning run. Hamlin was hit by a pitch to begin the inning and was pinch ran for by Jackson Martin (Collegeville, Pa.). Chiaradio put down a bunt, but it was too hard and Monmouth third baseman Dave Moreno had a chance to get the lead runner at second. But Moreno's throw was high and ended up in center field, while Martin hustled all the way to third base. Jenkins followed with a single up the middle to end the game.
Jenkins, the hottest hitter in the Pirates' lineup with a 12-game hitting streak, went 2-for-5 with two RBIs.
Seton Hall will return to action tomorrow for a mid-week game at Lehigh. First pitch is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.