Pirates take down St. Peter's, 8-1Date: May 1, 2019
By Evando Thompson
The Seton Hall baseball team defeated their non-conference foe St. Peter's, 8-1, thanks to a 5-run onslaught in the fifth inning.
The Pirates’ bats stagnated for the first four innings of the game.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, junior first baseman Matt Toke got on base after he was hit by a pitch and would advance to second base on a passed ball. After sophomore centerfielder Tyler Shedler-McAvoy was walked, he and Toke advanced an extra base hit thanks to a wild pitch. With one out left and two runners in scoring position, junior third baseman Connor Hood could not drive in a run to close out the half inning.
The Peacocks would score the game’s first run to take the advantage. Despite only having one hit, St. Peter’s filled the bases as two hitters were walked. A few pitches later, the freshman starting pitcher Brenna O’Neill hit a St. Peter’s batter that allowed everyone to advance and the first run to come in. O’Neill limited damages by getting the outs to end the inning.
Seton Hall tied the game by repeating what the Peacocks did in the top of the fourth.
With the bases loaded, a Toke walk drove in the game-tying run. Shedler-McAvoy then smacked a single to right field that drove in two runs. Senior infielder Sebastiano Santorelli capped things off with his triple to right field to put the Pirates up 5-1.
Shedler-McAvoy, who was recently named Big East Player of the Week, continued to be on fire as he went 1-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored.
In the bottom of the seventh and eight innings, Seton Hall would get three more insurance runs to strengthen their lead and also did not give up another run after the bases-loaded walk.
The Pirates move to 19-22 on the season, having won three out of their last four games, and look to build momentum going the down the stretch of Big East Conference play.
Up next for the Seton Hall baseball team is another non-conference road game, as the Pirates take on Lafayette University. First pitch is scheduled for Wednesday, May 1, at 3:35 p.m.
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