Prevost, Baseball Down Creighton, 8-2
Ace records his fifth complete game of the season in opener of crucial series.
May 3, 2014
Josh Prevost (Belle Mead, N.J.) tossed his fifth complete game of the season as the Seton Hall baseball team downed Creighton, 8-2, on Friday.
The 6-foot-8 ace went the distance while giving up two runs on three hits, striking out seven and walking two. The victory improves Prevost to a BIG EAST best 10-1 on the season.
One of the most anticipated pitching matchups of the season pitted Prevost against Creighton's Matt Warren. Entering the game, both aces had an ERA under 2.00 and had a combined record of 18-1. The first four innings were just as advertised with each team only mustering one hit.
Seton Hall finally broke through in the top of the fifth inning. With one out, Chris Selden (Allenhurst, N.J.) doubled to right-center field. Dillon Hamlin (Colts Neck, N.J.) followed with a single through the left side, advancing Selden to third. Chris Chiaradio (Teaneck, N.J.) then executed a perfect safety squeeze, dragging a bunt towards first allowing Selden to score the first run of the ballgame.
In the sixth inning, Prevost finally ran into trouble. Two walks and two singles led to a pair of Creighton runs as the Bluejays took a 2-1 lead.
But Seton Hall's offense wasn't done. The Pirates erupted for five runs in the top of the seventh. Kyle Grimm (Bergenfield, N.J.) led off with a single. Selden reached on a bunt base hit, but Creighton threw wide of first base and both runners moved into scoring position with no outs. Hamlin scored Grimm to tie the game with the Pirates' second safety squeeze of the game, and Selden advanced to third. After Chiaradio walked, Derek Jenkins (Annandale, N.J.) drove in Selden with an infield single to give Seton Hall a 3-2 lead. Zack Weigel (Oak Park, Ill.) followed with a triple over the center fielder's head to score two more Pirate runs. An RBI ground out by D.J. Ruhlman (Belle Mead, N.J.) scored Weigel to give Seton Hall a commanding 6-2 lead.
The next inning, Seton Hall tacked on two more. Grimm doubled to lead off, Selden was hit by a pitch and Hamlin drove in the Pirates' seventh run with an RBI single to right field. An out later, Jenkins grounded out to plate Selden to give The Hall an 8-2 advantage.
The second half of the Pirates' order did most of the damage on Friday with seven of the team's 11 hits coming from those batting six through eight in the order. Grimm led the Pirates with three hits, going 3-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored. Both Selden and Hamlin had two hits apiece.
Creighton's Matt Warren took the loss, his first of the season, with four earned runs in 6.1 innings pitched.
Seton Hall will return to action tomorrow when it resumes its three-game series at Creighton. First pitch is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET.