Seton Hall drops in game to No. 19 TCU, 8-6Date: April 13, 2019
By Ronny Castaneda
Despite impressive hitting, The Seton Hall Pirates weren’t able to edge out a back-and-forth victory against the TCU Horned Frogs, losing 8-6.
The Pirates were coming off an impressive win against the Princeton Tigers as they headed to Texas to face the No. 19 Horned Frogs. Freshman David Festa started on the mound for the Pirates. Festa pitched a gem until he allowed four runs to be scored in the fourth inning.
Offense picked early in the contest as senior Sebastiano Santorelli brought in junior Matt Toke to put the pirates ahead 1-0 in the second. The Pirates would add another run in similar fashion to take a 2-0 lead.
The Horned Frogs would unleash their offense in the fourth with a pair of home runs. Hunter Wolf’s solo shot put a run on the board for TCU, but it was Johnny Rizer’s three-run homer that blew the doors open.
The Pirates answered back quickly with a three-run inning in the sixth. Toke continued his impressive hitting as he batted in his team-high second RBI. Toke would go on to finish 4-5 at the plate for the Pirates. Sophomore Casey Dana would be the only other Pirate to have multiple hits in the ballgame.
Festa would pitch one last inning before being replaced by freshman Cole Patten. Patten allowed two runs in the sixth to give TCU a 6-5 lead heading into the seventh inning.
After a scoreless seventh from both teams, the Pirates entered the eighth with a chance to tie the game up. An errant throw to first base from the Horned Frogs tied the contest up for the Pirates. Patton returned to the mound for the Pirates, but allowed two RBI’s in the bottom of the inning. Junior LHP Corey Sawyer came into the contest and struck out the final two batters to retire the side. The Pirates would fail to extend the game in the ninth as TCU would take a 2-0 series lead.
The Pirates (14-17 Overall) will face TCU for the last time this Sunday, April 14th. Noah Thompson will be on the mound for the Pirates as first pitch is set at 2pm.
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