May 23, 2014
Josh Prevost (Belle Mead, N.J.) lived up to his new title as BIG EAST Pitcher of the Year with a four-hit, complete-game, shutout as the Seton Hall baseball team edged St. John's, 1-0, in round one of the 2014 BIG EAST Championship on Thursday.
Prevost struck out seven batters and walked only one to improve to 12-2 on the season. He is now tied with Seton Hall's associate head coach Phil Cundari for the Pirates' single-season record with 12 wins.
It didn't take long for the Pirates to get on the board. In the top of the second inning, D.J. Ruhlman (Belle Mead, N.J.) led off with a double off the wall in left field. With one out, Chris Selden (Allenhurst, N.J.) shot a double into the right-center field gap to score Ruhlman with the first and only run of the game.
Seton Hall seemed poised to score again in the top of the third as Derek Jenkins (Annandale, N.J.) led off with a double. But the speedy outfielder was stranded at third base.
Meanwhile, Prevost was rolling. St. John's didn't get their first hit until the fourth inning. The Red Storm advanced a runner to third in the sixth, but Prevost struck out Jarred Mederos to end the threat.
After Seton Hall's run in the second inning, St. John's starter James Lomangino matched Prevost zero-for-zero. For a second straight start, Lomangino held the Pirates at bay, pitching 7.1 innings while giving up just one earned run and scattering four hits. But this time, he was the hard-luck loser.
In the bottom of the ninth, St. John's put runner on the corners with just one out. But Prevost bore down, struck out Matt Harris and got Bret Dennis to fly out to center field to end the game.
Both Ruhlman and Selden had two hits apiece for the Pirates.
Seton Hall will now advance in the winners' side of the BIG EAST Championship bracket and face top-seeded Creighton at 7:00 p.m. on Friday. St. John's and Xavier will play at 4:00 p.m. in an elimination game.