SHU Baseball 3-24-17 RecapDate: March 24, 2017
The Seton Hall Pirates baseball team fell to the Connecticut Huskies 2-1 in the first of a three game series on Friday, March 24 at Owen T. Carroll Field.
The Pirates were in the midst of a three game winning streak heading into the game, while the Huskies won two of their last three. Zach Prendergast had the start for the Hall, squaring off against UCONN's Ronnie Rossomando.
Both starters dominated in the early going. Through four innings, Rossomando held the Pirates hitless and Prenderhast allowed just two Huskies to get on base. Despite the strong start, Rossomando was removed from the game at the end of the fourth inning and was replaced by Doug Domnarski.
The Pirate offense finally came to life in the bottom of the fifth. Mikael-Ali Mogues roped a double down the right field line for Seton Hall's first hit. Two batters later, Rob Dadona singled up the middle to bring in Mogues and put the Pirates ahead 1-0.
Prendergast cruised through the following two innings, but hit a roadblock in the eighth. With his pitch count nearing triple digits, Prendergast allowed the Huskies to get two men on with only one out. After a meeting at the mount, the Seton Hall staff elected to leave Prendergast in to face Zac Susi, UCONN's leader in RBI's. Susi hit a fly ball into shallow left, which just got under the glove of a diving Dadona, clearing the bases and giving the Huskies a 2-1 lead. Seton Hall was unable to tie the game and went down in order in the bottom of the ninth.
Domnarski was the winning pitcher in the contest, while Prendergast took the loss. Seton Hall was held to just two hits on the day, both coming in the fifth inning.
Seton Hall falls to 10-9 on the season, while Connecticut improves to 11-8. The two continue their series on Saturday, March 25 at 11 a.m.