St. John's spoils Senior Day with sweep of PiratesDate: May 13, 2018
By Wilner Louis
The Seton Hall Pirate baseball team dropped both of their games today against the St. John's Red Storm (34-12 Overall, 13-2 Conference) on Senior Day, losing 2-1 and 6-3 respectively.
In the first game of the doubleheader, it was a pitching battle by both teams.
St. John's started the game off with a triple into right field by John Valente. Valente would score two batters later, as Josh Shaw would send him home. That would be the only run allowed by both teams through eight innings.
The Pirates would get stellar pitching from Ricky Devito. Through 5.2 innings pitched, he only allowed four hits and no earned runs. He also had six strikeouts during his time on the mound. Andrew Politi would then come in for Devito, and through 1.1 innings pitched, Politi would have a strikeout and no hits.
Going into the ninth inning, St. John's would extend their lead to 2-0 after Valente singled to left field to send Ryan Hogan home. In the bottom of the ninth inning, the Pirates would finally tally a run after Molina scored on a wild pitch. However, that would be too little for the Pirates, as Ryan Ramiz would be grounded out to end the first game of the doubleheader.
In the second game of the doubleheader, sloppy play and conditions would be the storyline of that game.
St. John's would come out to a 1-0 lead early on in the contest after Shaw brought Jamie Galazin home with an RBI triple. St. Johns would then increase their lead to 2-0 after an RBI single by Jordan Gillerman. In the top of the fourth, Mike Antico scored for the Red Storm to go up 3-0 after the frame. However, in the bottom of the fourth, the Pirates would answer back.
To start of the bottom of the fourth, Sebastiano Santorelli struck a single to right field. After that, Michael LoPresti walked Al Molina. Then Alescio was hit by a pitch, which would load the bases. Ramiz took full advantage of the loaded bases and hit a three RBI triple to left centerfield to tie the game up at three apiece.
In the top of the sixth, rain started to fall at Owen T. Carroll, and runs began to come in for St. John's. Antico and Valente would both score for the Red Storm in the inning which gave St. Johns a 5-3 lead. They would extend their lead in the top of the eighth after Antico scores again after a sacrifice bunt by Gillerman, increasing the lead to 6-3.
Seton Hall (25-18-1 Overall, 11-4 Conference) goes back into action this Thursday against Georgetown (23-26 Overall, 7-6 Conference) where they will look to win out and hope for a little help from Butler to capture the Big East regular-season title.
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