The sun was out but the temperature was low in Seton Hall’s 9-2 win over Wagner on Wednesday, April 6 at Owen T. Carroll Field. SHU was able to keep momentum rolling after a four-game sweep of Quinnipiac last week.
The Pirates were the first to score in the bottom of the second inning after a fielder’s choice allowed Ryan Ramiz to score. The RBI was credited to Joe Poduslenko. In the very next inning, though, starting pitcher Matt Ardente would be tagged for two runs of his own, giving the Seahawks a 2-1 lead. However, the Hall would not be denied, as the bottom of the fourth would be fruitful.
Chris Chiaradio got the rally started with an RBI single, but it was Derek Jenkins who came up huge with a three-run inside-the-park home run. The next few innings were scoreless, the Pirates leaned on their relief to help carry them. The defense also tightened up, despite two early errors, lending itself to the bullpen.
Seton Hall poured it on in the bottom of the seventh, scoring four more runs to bring the lead to 9-2. Zack Weigel was responsible for two of those runs with a bases-loaded single. Chris Morris would come in as a set-up man in the eighth and contribute a scoreless inning. To close, Zach Schellenger took the mound and came through with two strikeouts to end the game.
When asked about why he chose to go to the pen, head coach Rob Sheppard said he wanted to get his guys work.
“We wanted to establish early on that we were going to get as many pitchers in as we can. We wanted to get our guys some work.”
Clearly, it paid off—and has been paying off since Seton Hall has managed to win 19 of its last 22 games. There’s a lot of momentum with this team right now, and they look to keep it going. Sheppard said he is looking for consistency.
“More of the same,” the coach said. “We have to keep it simple and play our game.”
The Pirates will travel to Omaha, Neb., next to face off with Big East rival Creighton for a three-game series. The first contest will take place on Friday, April 8 at 7:30 p.m.
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