Alescio a success story around the plate
May02

Alescio a success story around the plate

Over the last few years, Seton Hall has developed a reputation of having stellar pitchers. In 2017, three members of the Pirate pitching staff were selected in the MLB draft in Chris Morris, Zach Schellenger and Shane McCarthy, with McCarthy electing to stay for one more year. Each of them are different but had one thing in common: their catcher, Mike Alescio. Alescio, a senior, has held the starting catcher role for three seasons and...

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Seton Hall and St. John’s in a league of their own
May02

Seton Hall and St. John’s in a league of their own

The Seton Hall baseball team, along with Big East-leading St. John’s, stand atop the standings with a combined conference record of 19-2. The other five teams in the conference have just 16 wins between them. Butler, at 4-4, is the only other team without a losing conference record. The Pirates and Red Storm are not just pacing the conference, the two frontrunners have blown the rest of the Big East out of the water in 2018. St....

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Layne Jr. dazzles as Pirates pick up second consecutive conference sweep
Apr29

Layne Jr. dazzles as Pirates pick up second consecutive conference sweep

The Seton Hall baseball team completed its sweep of the Villanova Wildcats with an 11-2 win on Sunday afternoon. With the win, the Pirates moved to 20-15-1 on the year and 8-1 in the Big East, the team’s best start in-conference since 1989. Billy Layne Jr. took the mound for The Hall and set the tone for the Pirates early. Never facing any true threat, Layne Jr. breezed through the Wildcat lineup with nine strikeouts through...

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Timely hitting lifts Seton Hall to sixth straight conference win
Apr28

Timely hitting lifts Seton Hall to sixth straight conference win

South Orange, N.J. – The Seton Hall baseball team broke a scoreless deadlock in the bottom of the sixth inning on Saturday afternoon and never looked back, defeating Villanova, 2-1, for its sixth straight in-conference win.  For most of the game, both teams showed tremendous effort in pitching, with only six hits registered between the sides. Pirates right-hander Ricky DeVito pitched a six-inning game, allowing only three hits during...

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Ramiz and Del Castillo lead 16-hit Seton Hall offense to victory
Apr28

Ramiz and Del Castillo lead 16-hit Seton Hall offense to victory

South Orange, N.J. – The Seton Hall baseball team opened its weekend series against Villanova on Friday with an 8-2 win at Owen T. Carroll Field, improving its Big East record to 6-1, three wins back, but even on losses, with the first place St. John’s Red Storm. A combination of strong pitching and stellar hitting propelled Seton Hall to victory. On the mound, Pirates starter Shane McCarthy pitching five strong innings, before...

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Family Affair: Sheppard gets 400th win on legendary father’s 82nd birthday
Apr25

Family Affair: Sheppard gets 400th win on legendary father’s 82nd birthday

It was only fitting that senior pitcher Matt Leon was on the bump as Seton Hall recorded the final out of its Big East opener on April 13. The former walk-on helped secure the 4-3 victory that was worth more than just the Pirates’ 13th win of the season – it was coach Rob Sheppard’s 400th of his career. “It was exciting, I mean he’s put in a lot of time for us, so it’s exciting to get that for him,” Leon said. “He gave me a shot to...

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Early-season road games paying off for Seton Hall baseball
Apr25

Early-season road games paying off for Seton Hall baseball

Playing baseball in the northeast presents its challenges at the start of the season. One of those challenges is the winter weather that makes playing baseball extremely difficult. Every year, Seton Hall is forced to start its season on the road with a series of games and these road and neutral-site games have proven to have a positive effect on the team’s conference finishes. Seton Hall has started the season with at least 11 road or...

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Pirates pitching struggles in midweek loss to NJIT
Apr24

Pirates pitching struggles in midweek loss to NJIT

After completing its first three-game series sweep of the season this past weekend against Butler, the Seton Hall baseball team failed to extend its winning ways on Tuesday, as the Pirates were defeated by the NJIT Highlanders, 10-4, at Owen T. Carroll Field. Dylan Verdonk got the start for the Hall, following a one-inning outing on April 18 against Monmouth that left him frustrated. In that outing, the junior Verdonk allowed three...

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With one out to spare, three-run eighth inning gives Pirates series sweep
Apr23

With one out to spare, three-run eighth inning gives Pirates series sweep

The Seton Hall baseball team took down Butler on Sunday, 7-5, for a three-game series sweep in Indianapolis, Ind. The win allows the Pirates to stay in second place in the Big East, at 5-1, with an overall record of 17-14-1. The lead traded hands three times in total, with Butler starting in front, but, Seton Hall ending in front. In the eighth inning, with two outs and nobody on base, Seton Hall managed to score three runs, with a...

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Pirates defeat Butler on early burst of offense
Apr21

Pirates defeat Butler on early burst of offense

The Seton Hall baseball team defeated Butler on Friday, 6-1, in the first game of a three-game series in Indianapolis, Ind., powered by a high-scoring second inning and dominant pitching. Butler scored its only run at Bulldog Park in the first inning, with Gehrig Parker coming home from third base on an RBI-single from Connor Christman. The run gave Butler its only taste of the lead all game. On the mound, Seton Hall’s Shane McCarthy,...

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Pitchers struggle in blowout loss to Monmouth
Apr18

Pitchers struggle in blowout loss to Monmouth

The Seton Hall baseball team had a tough outing against in-state rival Monmouth Wednesday as the Hawks jumped on the Pirates early en route to a 10-3 victory. John LaRocca got things started for the Hawks with a leadoff double off of Billy Layne Jr., which was followed by two consecutive singles, bringing LaRocca across the plate. Layne appeared to get things under control after striking out two straight, but after hitting Matt Graber...

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Versatile Hood filling in the gaps for Pirates
Apr18

Versatile Hood filling in the gaps for Pirates

Every baseball team needs a utility man, someone who can step in to any position seamlessly. For the Seton Hall Pirates, that man is Connor Hood, a sophomore from Glen Rock, Pa. Hood has broken out at first base this season, even though he was primarily a shortstop in high school. Hood has showed the glove and arm to play just about any position in the infield. Those diverse skills are what drew the Seton Hall coaching staff to Hood...

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