Baseball travels to Princeton, defeat Tigers 7-2

Date: April 11, 2019

By: Scotti Cesa

After a tough loss against Rider, the Seton Hall baseball team headed to Princeton, NJ on Wednesday to take on the Princeton Tigers. The Pirates stormed back to win 7-2.

It was a pitchers duel through the first four innings until Seton Hall starter, Nick Payero got into trouble in the fifth. Joseph Flynn got things started for the Tigers by hitting a home run to leadoff the inning. Ramzi Haddad followed by lacing a double into left field, forcing Payero to be pulled from the game. Payero struck out four and pitched four innings. He allowed two earned runs, on only four hits.

Tyler Burnham came in for relief to attempt to get out of the inning. Chris Davis doubled to right field, scoring Haddad and giving the Tigers a 2-0 lead. Seton Hall was able to come back the next inning as Princeton pitchers Rabin Reece and Udell Connor struggled to find the strike zone. Three Pirates walked in the inning, loading the bases for Casey Dana. Dana answered the call by hitting a grand slam, and giving the Pirates a 4-2 lead. The inning did not end there, as the Hall continued hitting with two outs. Alex Clyde doubled in two more and capped off a six run inning for the Pirates.

Seton Hall added another run in the ninth, as Sebastiano Santorelli drove in Connor Hood, extending the lead to 7-2. Pirate relievers were dominant as a combination of Burnham, Cole Patten, Hunter Waldis, and Corey Sawyer struck out six and only allowed two hits through five innings.

The Pirates have now won 11 of their last 14 games and sharpen their record to 14-15. They will head to Fort Worth, Texas on Friday to start a three game series against TCU.

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