Kansas hands Seton Hall baseball 7-4 lossDate: March 14, 2019
By Evando Thompson
After battling for seven back and forth innings, the Seton Hall baseball team suffered a tough defeat with a 7-4 loss to the Kansas Jayhawks Wednesday morning, in their second game at the Snowbird Classic.
The Pirates found themselves in a bit of a hole to start off the game. After only getting on base once in the first three innings, Seton Hall gave up a Jayhawk triple down the right field line that came after a wild pitch and a walk. The hit in the bottom of the second drove in the first two runs of the game.
Up until the fourth inning, the Pirates would get on base but could not find their groove on offense. The Hall’s two-run fifth inning was much needed as it enabled them to tie the game and wake up the bullpen.
Senior designated hitter Sebastiano Santorelli got on base with a single to center field and eventually walked to second base. Two at bats later, senior catcher Chris Villa’s sac bunt got Santorelli to third base with another Pirate advancing to second. Kansas’ fielding error enabled Santorelli to run home and put Seton Hall on the board for the first time. Sophomore outfielder Tyler Shedler-McAvoy had a fly out to left field but drew in the game-tying run as the Pirates leveled the game at 2.
Kansas retook the lead in the bottom of the fifth inning, but Seton Hall retaliated with a clutch seventh inning.
Santorelli got on base again with another single and eventually scored through two wild Jayhawk pitches. Junior second baseman Connor Hood registered his second RBI of the morning to give Seton Hall their first lead of the game.
Santorelli would finish the day with two runs to his name and a game-leading three hits.
The offense flustered in the top of the eight and ninth innings and could not translate the successful hitting they had earlier in the game.
Seton Hall snapped a four-game losing streak in the previous game with a 12-1 rout of Bucknell but must look to the next game to right the ship of the Pirates’ young season.
Before playing back-to-back games against Harvard, up next for the Seton Hall baseball team is the third of five games at the Snowbird Classic as they take on Saint Joseph’s on Friday, March 15, 10:00 a.m. in Port Charlotte, Florida.
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