Pirates pitch well, fall to St. John's 3-0Date: April 15, 2019
By Ryan Clayton
It was a gusty and overcast day for most of the game, as the Seton Hall Pirates looked to steal a game from the best team in the Big East, the St John’s Red Storm, but fell 3-0.
The Johnnies got going early with their first run of the day on an RBI single to third by Peyton Cody. After giving up three hits in the first inning, the Pirates’ ace pitcher Reganne Camp settled in for a solid second and third inning only giving up a hit in the two innings combined. The second inning was also when junior catcher Katherine Matthys got one of her two hits.
Her first hit was a fielder's choice grounder to the shortstop but followed that with a well-placed single to center in the fourth inning. Seton Hall had one of their best chances to score in the bottom of the third when St John’s starting pitcher Madison Morris walked back to batters. The Hall could not connect leaving the two runners on as a visit to the mound appeared to calm the potential nerves of Morris.
The other scoring play came in the top of the fourth inning in when St John’s sophomore Amelia Ditolvo smacked a two-run home run over the left field wall. Camp would be able to finish out the inning but was ultimately subbed out the following inning for Chrisa Head. Head continued her consistency at the mound as she has not gave up more than two runs in the month of April, all while having the second most innings pitched on the team. In Paige Smith’s words, “Chrisa Head has been electric.”
This comment was proven in the closing three innings, as while on the mound, Head only gave up one hit, walking one (but earning a strike out) and most importantly shutting out the Red Storm for the remainder of the game. In the bottom of the seventh, the Pirates looked to at least tie the game up to force extra innings when Janae Barracato earned the Pirates their fifth hit. Seton Hall would not be able to complete the comeback in the seventh due to the dominant pitching of Madison Morris who pitched all seven innings.
The Pirates fell to 17-19 on the season, and St John’s remains on top of the Big East with a record of 22-16. Seton Hall next has a double header at home against Lehigh on Wednesday starting at 3:30 pm.
Ryan Clayton can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.