Pirates softball takes down Hofstra, 4-1Date: April 11, 2019
By Joseph Binder
The Seton Hall Pirates took care of business on Thursday afternoon, beating the Hofstra Pride 4-1 in non-conference action.
The Pride struck first in the second inning thanks in part to Jaycee Ruberti’s triple to right field. The freshman managed to score on the next play, a sacrifice bunt by Devyn Losco, to claim a 1-0 lead.
However, the Pirates responded in the bottom of the third with back-to-back singles from Hailey Arteaga and Destini Peck. After a Baylee Allender walk loaded the bases, Arteaga came around to score on a wild pitch to tie things up 1-1.
The turning point came in the fourth, when sophomore Janae Barracato doubled to left field, driving in Ragen Reddick all the way from first. Arteaga immediately followed with a single up the middle that brought home Barracato, giving the Hall a 3-1 lead. The team also added an insurance run the next inning after a throwing error on sophomore Jaden Tate’s steal attempt, expanding the lead to 4-1.
On the mound for the Pirates, senior Chrisa Head threw two innings before junior Reganne Camp finished out the game with five scoreless.
When asked about the threat at the top of the lineup that Barracato and Arteaga pose, head coach Paige Smith had nothing but praise. “They’re a dynamic duo on and off the field. If you watch in the dugout, everything they do feeds off each other. I know when Janae sets the table, you’re about to see something big from Hailey.”
With the win, Seton Hall improves to 17-16 (4-3) on the season while Hofstra falls to 16-19 (3-6). The Hall has now won 8 of their last 10 games.
Up next, the Pirates will host the St. John’s Red Storm this weekend for a three-game series. Action begins on Saturday with a doubleheader at Mike Sheppard, Sr. Field. First pitch is scheduled for 12 PM.
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