Pirates win NCAA opener

The Seton Hall Baseball team won their ninth game in a row in beating Arizona 4-0 in the first game of the 2011 NCAA regional round at Olsen Field in College Station, TX.

The win comes in the Pirates’ first NCAA appearance since 2001, after winning the Big East Conference tournament.

Sophomore right-hander Jon Prosinski went the distance for the Pirates, his second complete-game shutout of the season. Prosinski gave up 6 hits, walking one batter, and striking out three as he moved to 7-4 on the year.

No Arizona runner made it to third base against Prosinski, and only three of the eight total Arizona baserunners made it to second. He threw 122 pitches in the winning effort.

Arizona starter Kurt Heyer matched Prosinski pitch for pitch until the fourth inning, when the Hall’s offense came to life.

Senior first baseman Sean Gusrang led off with a double. He was followed by junior left fielder Dale Anderson and sophomore third baseman Giuseppe Papaccio, who both singled. Papaccio’s single brought home Gusrang for a 1-0 Pirates’ lead.

After senior shortstop A.J. Rusbarsky bunted for a single, loading the bases, a fielder’s choice by junior right fielder Will Walsh scored Anderson to give the Pirates a 2-0 lead.

With redshirt senior catcher Frank Esposito batting, Walsh took off for second base and a throwing error on the Arizona catcher allowed both Papaccio and Walsh to score, for the final 4-0 margin.

Heyer took the loss, for Arizona giving up all four Seton Hall runs and seven of the Pirates’ eight total hits in the game in 6.2 innings. He walked one and struck out one, throwing 99 pitches in the loss.

For the Pirates, Gusrang finished 2-3 with a run scored, while Papaccio went 2-4 in the game with a run scored and an RBI. Rusbarsky went 2-4, and Anderson went 1-2 with two walks and a run scored.

With the win, the Pirates advanced into the winner’s bracket in the College Station regional round.

They will play the winner of the game between Texas A&M and Wright State on Saturday evening starting at 7:35 p.m.

Author: Staff Writer

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