Rain can’t stop Pirates in extra-innings win

It took two days, but after the Seton Hall baseball team had its game postponed from the previous day in the seventh inning due to rain, the Pirates were able to get the job done against Hawaii on Saturday night, securing a 9-8 victory in 11 innings.

The game featured offensive eruptions from both teams, with runs scattered throughout the innings for both teams. Hawaii’s offensive outburst came in the bottom of the first inning, following a two-run first inning for the Pirates that gave them the lead.

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The Rainbow Warriors were able to drive five runs to the plate off of Seton Hall starter Shane McCarthy, but no team got on the board again until the fifth inning, where both the Pirates and Rainbow Warriors scored one run each. McCarthy finished the game with six innings, in which he allowed ten hits and seven earned runs.

In the sixth, Seton Hall was able to get its string of runs, as the Pirates scored five runs, with four different batters driving in runs. After the Pirates’ sixth inning performance, Hawaii scored a run in the bottom of the frame to bring the Pirates lead to 8-7. The score remained the same until the game was prematurely stopped in the bottom of the seventh.

The game resumed at 5 p.m. HST and 11 p.m. EST, and the Rainbow Warriors needed one inning to tie up the contest at 8-8. The game remained a standstill into extras, until Seton finally grasped the lead once again in the top of the 11th.

Even though the run was produced by a double play, Sebastiano Santorelli registered his third RBI of the game to bring in Al Molina and give Seton Hall a 9-8 lead in the 11th. In the bottom of the inning, Matt Leon retired Hawaii in order to end the game and finish up a night where he pitched three scoreless innings of no-hit baseball.

Seton Hall played the second game of its three-game series later on Saturday as well. The win in the series’ first game brings the Pirates to a 9-9-1 overall record.

Robert Fallo can be reached at robert.fallo@student.shu.edu.

Author: Robert Fallo

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