May 17, 2014
Sal Annunziata (Bronx, N.Y.) drove in two RBIs apiece as the Seton Hall baseball team held on to edge St. John's, 5-4, in game two of Saturday's double-header.
The victory completes Seton Hall's regular season record at 38-13 and 11-7 in BIG EAST Conference play. Its 38 victories are the most by the program since winning 40 games in 2000.
Sophomore Luke Cahill (Tinton Falls, N.J.) reaffirmed his credentials as a hopeful First Team All-Conference selection with six innings of two-run baseball. The right-hander struck out six and walked only one batter to improve to a BIG EAST second-best, 10-1.
Seton Hall did all of its offensive damage in the first two innings and had to hold on as St. John's methodically chipped away at the lead as the game wore on.
The Pirate erupted for four runs in the bottom of the first inning. Derek Jenkins (Annandale, N.J.) was hit by a pitch to lead off the game and stole second base. Zack Weigel (Oak Park, Ill.) reached first on a fielding error by the Red Storm first baseman, which advanced Jenkins to third. Kyle Grimm (Bergenfield, N.J.) followed with a walk to load the bases with no outs. Annunziata then singled hard up the middle to score the first two runs of the game. After D.J. Ruhlman (Belle Mead, N.J.) grounded into a fielder's choice, Beaubien doubled to deep left field to score two more Pirate runs.
In the bottom of the fifth leading, 4-1, Seton Hall plated a fifth run on an RBI ground out by Weigel to take a 5-1 advantage.
St. John's didn't fold however, and scored single runs in the fifth and sixth to cut the Pirate lead to 5-3.
In the eighth inning with one out, St. John's Michael Donadio walked. Zach Lauricella followed with a double into the gap in right center field. Donadio came around from first base to score, but Lauricella, who represented the tying run, was thrown out trying to advance to third base on the play.
Joe DiBenedetto (Staten Island, N.Y.), who got the final out of the seventh and pitched the eighth, kept St. John's scoreless in the ninth for his first career save.
Seton Hall will face St. John's for a fourth consecutive game on Thursday, May 22 in the first round of the 2014 BIG EAST Championship. The Pirates will be the #3 seed, as St. John's, by virtue of winning their regular season series with Seton Hall, earns the #2 seed and will bat last. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. at MCU Park in Brooklyn, N.Y.
The winner of the Seton Hall/St. John's game will face the winner of #1 Creighton and #4 Xavier in round two on Friday.