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Baseball tramples Wagner after 1st inning explosion, 14-5

Seton Hall handily defeated the Wagner Seahawks in a game that featured another strong performance from Max Viera.

The Pirates came out hot, scoring ten runs to start the game. Their firepower was on full display from the jump when Oscar Murray hit a double in his first at-bat. This was followed by an RBI from Viera, getting on the board early.

Wagner’s first out came after 10 Pirates had gotten on base and the score was already 8-0 in favor of The Hall, as it was a seemingly relentless barrage. The first out was on Viera, surprisingly enough.

A key metric from the outstanding inning was that the Pirates recorded 9 hits, 8 of them being singles.  Outfielder Devin Hack also continued to pay dividends with his ability to steal bases, and he remains perfect for his stolen base attempts on the season with 17.

Wagner put 3 runs on the board in the bottom of the fifth inning to end their scoring drought. The Pirates didn’t take long to strike back though, scoring three runs through the top of the sixth. Seton Hall closed the game with little resistance, as they won by a score of 14-5.

Max Viera finished the day going 3-for-4 with 3 RBI’s and 3 runs. He currently leads the team in nearly every hitting category, including RBI’s, slugging percentage, total bases, home runs, doubles and hits.

The Seahawks had 9 pitchers on the mound for the day, whereas the Pirates brought just 5 from their bullpen. Right-handed pitcher Colin Dowlen threw the most pitches for the Pirates at 49. He spent three innings on the mound, facing 13 batters and ultimately getting the win for the day.

Seton Hall will face the Butler Bulldogs in a three-game series starting on Friday, April 21st. The Pirates improve to a record of 19-16, already a win above last year’s total, and will look to be victorious over the Bulldogs, who have a record of 7-29.

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