Seton Hall falls to No. 19 TCU, 5-1 in 7Date: April 14, 2019
By Liam Plate
The Seton Hall baseball team (14-17 overall, 2-1 conference) lost their first game of their double header to the TCU Horned Frogs (22-11 overall, 5-4 conference) by the score of 5-1 at Lupton Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas.
It was a very close game over the first five innings with the only run being scored by TCU when outfielder Johnny Rizer stole home plate in the fourth inning. It was a true pitcher’s duel before the first run was scored considering there were only two hits between the two teams. Things remained even between the two pitchers until the Horned Frogs unleashed their offense on the Pirates in the sixth inning.
Seton Hall could not stop TCU as the Horned Frogs had four runs and five hits. The Pirates made two pitching switches in the sixth and it still could not stop TCU from scoring. The Seton Hall defense was not themselves and it costed them the game. Seton Hall finally got on the board with a run once they scored in the top of the seventh inning, but it was not enough to combat TCU’s strong offensive effort.
Seton Hall could not get anything going on offense as some of their best players struggled to get going. Casey Dana went 1-3 at the plate with only one hit and Cristian Del Castillo had no hits or RBIs throughout the game. Del Castillo has been the Pirates’ most valuable player throughout the season and his underwhelming performance this game showed just how much Seton Hall needs him to be playing well. The Pirates’ pitching has improved as the season has gone on, but the bullpen will need to be consistent for the Pirates to be successful against top-ranked teams such as TCU.
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