April 27, 2014
Luke Cahill (Tinton Falls, N.J.) pitched seven strong innings and junior Sal Annunziata (Bronx, N.Y.) launched a two-run home run as the Seton Hall baseball team defeated Villanova, 3-1, on Sunday.
The victory completes the series sweep of the Wildcats and improves the Pirates' overall record to 31-9 and 6-3 in BIG EAST Conference play.
Cahill improved to 8-1 on the season with seven innings of one-run baseball. The right-hander struck out a career-high seven batters and walked only two.
The game was a pitchers' duel early on with Villanova's Hunter Schryver matching Cahill's dominance until Seton Hall broke the scoreless tie in the bottom of the fourth. With one out, D.J. Ruhlman (Belle Mead, N.J.) singled to left-center field, but the left fielder's error allowed Ruhlman to advance all the way to third base. Annunziata followed with his fourth home run of the season, a two-run shot over the left field fence to give the Pirates a 2-0 lead.
Cahill's lone blemish on the afternoon came in the top of the sixth inning when he gave up a leadoff solo home run to Villanova's Todd Czinege. The Pirates' bullpen however, kept the Wildcats off the scoreboard over the final two innings and the Wildcats didn't get closer.
Seton Hall will return to action on Wednesday, April 30 for a mid-week contest at Saint Peter's. First pitch is scheduled for 3:00 p.m.