Seton Hall slips up in close one to Rutgers, 5-4Date: March 10, 2020
By: Rony Jerez
Seton Hall faced Rutgers as the Pirates played on their home field for the first time this season.
In the first inning, Baylee Allender ripped a deep homerun to left field to get the first two runs on the board for the Pirates as they led 2-0. Manager Paige Smith commented on her improvements. She mentioned, “She is a student of her swing. She loves the game and wants to get better everyday.”
In the second inning Jaden Tate hit the left field wall and reached second base for a double and scored on a Hailey Arteaga single to make it a 3-0 Pirates lead.
Rutgers scored as Payton Lincavage drove in a run to make it 3-1 in the top of the third inning. Jaden Tate blooped a single between center field and shortstop to extend the lead 4-1 in the bottom of the third.
Reganne Camp began to struggle in the top of the fifth. She plunked the first batter, and gave up an RBI double to right field. She then gave up an RBI single of the left field wall that tied the game, 4-4.
Mo Sobel came in to pitch and after a steal attempt by Rutgers, the Scarlet Knights scored as Lincavage stole home and took a 5-4 lead in the fifth. Coach Smith was asked about the fifth inning and said, “It happened really fast. I’d like to see us control the tempo more.”
The game would remain that way as Rutgers defeats the Pirates in their home opener 5-4. Coach Smith ended by saying, “Rutgers knows they got away with one. We outplayed them.”
Seton Hall will have over a week before they are back in action against Fairfield on Mar. 18, on campus in South Orange, N.J.
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