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Home runs from Viera, Pokrovsky lift baseball past St. Peter’s, 5-1

Following a series loss to Fordham this past weekend, Seton Hall rebounded with a 5-1 win against St. Peter’s on Tuesday, bringing them to 9-12 on the year. 

The Pirates took the win through some strong pitching and some timely hitting from the bottom part of the line-up, which accounted for nine of the Pirates’ 12 hits on the game. The other three came from clean-up hitter Max Viera, who scored three runs of the team’s five runs. 

St. Peter’s used a sacrifice fly to take a 1-0 lead in the first, though it would be the last of their offense for the day. Seton Hall responded in the second inning with a home run from Viera, and center fielder Devin Hack drove in left fielder Mark McNelly with a single. 

A shaky first inning for freshman pitcher Anthony Ehly did not phase him, as he rebounded and threw three shutout innings before being replaced by sophomore Carter Kelsey. Kelsey threw a shutout in his one inning of work. 

The Hall finished the job offensively with Staus Pokrovsky’s home run in the fourth and an RBI single in the fifth, and a Mark McNelly single in the seventh.

Junior lefty Aaron Groller took the mound, who threw two more innings and didn’t allow any runs. He proceeded to hit three of the four batters he faced in the eighth inning before coach Rob Sheppard came in and put in graduate student Dom DiRado, who recorded the last five outs to win the game.

Despite two of their hottest hitters to this point, Oscar Murray and Pat D’Amico, struggling, Seton Hall managed to pull out a much-needed victory; they both went 0-for-4.

The Pirates play again at home against Wagner on March 29 at 4 p.m. before heading south to take on East Tennessee State in a three-game series this weekend. 

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