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Pirates prevail over Peacocks

[caption id="attachment_14279" align="alignnone" width="631"]Seton Hall Athletics Seton Hall Athletics[/caption]   The Seton Hall baseball team ran up the scoreboard to defeat the Saint Peter’s Peacocks, 8-1, on Wednesday evening. “Playing our style,” head coach Rob Sheppard said about his team’s play. “Nothing different from what we’ve been doing. Just trying stay aggressive offensively.” Reigning Big East Player of the week Zack Weigel got things started for the Pirates in the third inning. The senior drove in two runs on a triple to give the Pirates a 2-1 lead. Seton Hall sent out eight differ- ent pitchers on Wednesday, starting with senior Luke Cahill. The pitchers surrendered no earned runs and gave up five hits in the game. Freshman Dylan Verdonk got the win for the Pirates, going two innings and retiring all six of the batters he faced.
“It’s basically to give the guys, the staff, some work, give some guys opportunities to get some innings under their belt, and they did a really good job,” Sheppard said. The Blue and White had a combined six stolen bases in the game. Senior Chris Chiaradio had four stolen bases to go along with an RBI single. Senior Derek Jenkins and sophomore Ryan Ramiz chipped a stolen base each. “We ran the bases really well. I think that was a big difference in the fourth inning” The Pirates scored eight runs on seven hits. Two runs were scored in the third inning and four in the fourth inning. Six different pirates had at least one RBI. Along with Weigel, sophomore Mike Alescio brought in two runs.
The Peacocks struck early in first inning, scoring one run but failing to get any offense the rest of the game. The team had five hits and one run scored off an error from the Pirates. The Saint Peter’s pitchers struggled in the game, walking seven batters and gave up eight runs. “Just keep playing,” Sheppard said. “We’ve been playing tough, tight games and we’re not going to panic when we go done one run in the first inning.”
The Pirates are now 30-12 after this non-conference win against Saint Peter’s. This is the second win of the season against Saint Peter’s, as the Pirates won the first game 5-4. The Pirates have won five straight contests and have won seven of their last eight ballgames.
Next up for the Pirates is a three-game series on the road against Georgetown this weekend. The first game will be played on Friday, April 29, at 7 p.m.
  Javon Glenn can be reached at or on twitter @javong25.

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