Pirates display ‘no shortage of power’ against James Madison

The baseball team (9-3) took two wins out of a three game weekend series on the road against James Madison this weekend.

Senior pitcher Josh Prevost earned the win in Saturday’s game, landing him with a spot on the Big East Weekly Honor Roll. The victory improves Prevost’s record to 4-0 with 26 strikeouts and a 2.40 ERA in 30 innings pitched on the season.

After Friday’s 15-4 win over the Dukes, the team lost Sunday’s game by a score of 11-3, snapping a seven game winning streak that dated back to Feb. 22. The team rebounded with a 19-4 beating of James Madison on Monday.

In that game, the Pirates had no shortage of power. Junior D.J. Ruhlman, junior Kyle Grimm and big freshman Mikael-Ali Mogues all went yard for Seton Hall. The homer was the first of the year for Grimm, while it marked the second for Ruhlman and Mogues.

In just two starts in eight games, Mogues is slugging at a 1.091 percentage.

Sophomore Luke Cahill got the start for the Pirates, but the team needed four pitchers to finish the game. Cahill allowed three runs in 3.1 innings of work and was replaced by freshman Joe DiBenedetto who’s 2.2 innings pitched earned him his first win of his college career.

In Saturday’s loss to the Dukes, junior Anthony Elia got the start for the Pirates but ran into some big trouble. The lefty gave up seven runs in just four innings, striking out only two batters.

The Pirate offense was backed by junior Tyler Boyd’s first home run of the season.

The story of Saturday’s game is certainly the ace quality pitching of Prevost, who in that game struck out six in seven innings allowing four runs, but the 15 run offensive onslaught is impossible to overlook.

The Pirates have scored a total of 39 runs in the first game of the four three-game series, all of which were started by Prevost.

On Saturday, junior Sal Annunziata was 3 for 6 with four RBI and a run scored.

Ruhlman also popped his first home run of the season.

The team is set for a five game home stand starting with a Friday through Sunday series against Manhattan College at Owen T. Carroll Field, followed by a game against St. Peter’s next Wednesday and the first of a three game series against Fairleigh Dickinson next Friday.

Friday’s first game against Manhattan is scheduled for 6 p.m.

Gerard Gilberto can be reached at gerard.gilberto@student.shu.edu.

Author: Staff Writer

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