Seton Hall softball goes 2-3 at Marucci Desert ClassicDate: February 11, 2019
By Dalton Allison
Far west in the deserts of Las Vegas, Seton Hall softball opened up their 2019 season. Over the course of the tournament, which opened on Friday, Seton Hall went 2-3.
They opened up the tournament against Utah State, and were led by the strong pitching performance of Reganne Camp. Across 4.1 innings of work, Camp allowed only one earned run to cross the plate while striking out seven and walking two. The strong performance allowed Seton Hall to break the 1-1 tie in the top of the fifth inning. This came curtesy of a Destini Peck two-out RBI single to drive in Janae Barracato to make the game 2-1.
Later in the day, the Pirates were tasked with facing UNLV. Chrisa Head started for Seton Hall, but was battered for four runs, one of them unearned, over 2.1 innings. In relief, Kelsey Gumm allowed three runs. Not helping the pitchers against UNLV was the fielding for the Pirates, as they committed three errors. Having another successful game was Peck, who came away with three hits against UNLV.
Saturday was a fruitless day for Seton Hall, as they came away winless in two games. Their first match came against Utah Valley University. Despite storming out to an early 1-0 lead, Seton Hall eventually fell 11-3 in six innings.
Later on in the afternoon, Seton Hall again fell in six innings, but this time to Long Beach State. This time, Seton Hall was wildly outplayed on offense, as Long Beach State jumped to a 7-0 lead in top of the second. Seton Hall was out hit 12-2, and lost by the score of 11-2.
Looking to escape the desert with at least one more win, the Pirates came into their game against North Dakota determined to win. Camp was once again the star for the Pirates, throwing a complete game. Of the four runs that she allowed, only one of them was earned. Leading the charge for the Pirates was Emily Supercynski and Hailey Arteaga, who each drove in two runs.
The Pirates exit the weekend with a 2-3 record, and will look to improve on that when they head to Texas to participate in the Mean Green tournament. There, they will face Northwestern State in a doubleheader, as well as separate games with North Texas and Arkansas Pine Bluff.
Dalton Allison can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.