Reflecting on the legacy of Seton Hall baseball, MLB Hall of Famer Craig Biggio
Oct15

Reflecting on the legacy of Seton Hall baseball, MLB Hall of Famer Craig Biggio

Before his induction to the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame, 3,060 professional hits, seven all-star appearances, five silver sluggers and four gold gloves, Craig Biggio was a gritty student-athlete in South Orange. While never losing his hustle as a Pirate, the former captain was a beacon of individual and team success. On top of his career .342 batting average, 90 stolen bases, and 79 extra base hits, Biggio was an All-American,...

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Adjusted regiments and new faces adapt to new swimming and diving atmosphere
Sep11

Adjusted regiments and new faces adapt to new swimming and diving atmosphere

“There is, logistically, a lot of changes.” Although swimming and diving head coach Derek Sapp is describing the recent adjustments he and his men’s and women’s programs have had to make, this is the lifestyle everyone is living under COVID-19: adapting to an everchanging, unknown world on the fly. Despite the inability to meet in person as a team since March, Sapp and his student-athletes have had to adjust to training and...

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Pirate baseball great Cerone inducted to Hall of Fame

Rick Cerone, former Seton Hall catcher and the 1975 seventh overall pick in the Major League Baseball Draft, was virtually inducted into the National College Baseball Hall of Fame Thursday night. The former two-time All-American is the first Seton Hall player to ever be inducted in the Hall of Fame after being the first Pirate to have his number retired by the University’s baseball program. When Cerone graduated from Seton Hall, he...

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Pandemic sets foundation of culture for softball and baseball programs
Jun12

Pandemic sets foundation of culture for softball and baseball programs

Although at the helm from inside the dugout, softball head coach Paige Smith wants to storm the field for a championship just as much as her players.  Coming off a campaign where the softball program missed the Big East playoffs by .003 of winning percentage, the canceled season due to COVID-19 diminished the potential of a banner year for her players.  Having to ditch the tactics she had been planning since the beginning of...

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Iona’s hiring of Rick Pitino is a questionable move
Apr07

Iona’s hiring of Rick Pitino is a questionable move

Editor’s Note: The original version of this column, which appeared on The Setonian’s website on March 26, 2020, contained some factual or other reporting errors as set forth below: The author stated that Mr. Pitino got into trouble with the NCAA for extortion.  The Setonian has no evidence that Mr. Pitino was “in trouble with the NCAA for . . . extortion. . . .”  Mr. Pitino was the victim of extortion. The author also...

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Sports hiatus not yet part of WWE’s plans
Mar19

Sports hiatus not yet part of WWE’s plans

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread throughout the world, all sports leagues from professional to the recreational levels have either postponed or cancelled their events due to the risk of being vulnerable to the virus. Although not a “sport,” rather “sports-entertainment,” the WWE has shown no plans of slowing down or cancelling any other televised events. As the NBA, NCAA, and MLB are in the process of rescheduling or...

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Mets and Yankees offseason provides chances for success
Mar12

Mets and Yankees offseason provides chances for success

After a season of disappointing endings, at least from the individual perspectives of the Mets and Yankees, it was a pivotal offseason to improve upon their foundational rosters in hopes of capturing the World Series title. The Mets, concluding the 2019 season at 86-76 and finishing three games back of the second wildcard spot, had to address their weakness within the bullpen. After Edwin Diaz’s ERA regressed from 1.96 in 2018 to 5.59...

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Senior core off to hot start for baseball team
Feb27

Senior core off to hot start for baseball team

Almost a full two weeks into the baseball season, the Pirates have split their first six games to begin the 2020 campaign, going 3-3 with blowout victories over Illinois and Milwaukee and a walk-off loss to No. 20 Wake Forest. Seton Hall is now gearing up for a road trip to California, with seven games in nine days against USC, Fresno State, and Saint Mary’s. Despite the season being young, the returners for the Pirates have already...

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David Festa primed to help experienced baseball roster
Feb13

David Festa primed to help experienced baseball roster

On a baseball team full of experience, David Festa adds to that despite being only a sophomore. The University’s  reigning Freshman Athlete of the Year is one of the pivotal starting pitchers on a team with hopes of capturing the conference crown. Already holding the role of a weekend starter, it is known Festa is one of the most important cogs of the Pirate program after an impressive first season. “(For mentality and  skill last...

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Premier League executive joins NY Red Bulls as Head of Sport
Feb06

Premier League executive joins NY Red Bulls as Head of Sport

The New York Red Bulls announced former Wolverhampton Wanderers Sporting Director Kevin Thelwell as their new Head of Sport on Monday. His position with New York entails oversight over the entirety of the sporting side of the club while Sporting Director Denis Hamlett will remain in charge of day-to-day operations and report to Thelwell. Thelwell had spent 12 years working in England before joining the Major League Soccer franchise in...

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Senior class presence facilitating women’s basketball
Jan30

Senior class presence facilitating women’s basketball

Although a young foundation is in place for the women’s basketball team, the three seniors nearing the end of their collegiate careers have been the most influential class on the court this season. Big East Preseason Player of the Year Shadeen Samuels, Alexis Lewis and Barbara Johnson have implemented themselves as key players for the program throughout the year and continue to do so as the team aspires to make a postseason push. Even...

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Defense and individual improvements aiding women’s basketball
Jan23

Defense and individual improvements aiding women’s basketball

Team orientated play has been the source of success for the Pirates, as they have marched out to a 12-7 record with the season entering its last legs. Despite the belief that Big East Preseason Player of the Year Shadeen Samuels would carry the program to its victories for the 2019-20 campaign, the diverse team effort has produced the results the Pirates have hoped for. Five players on the unit are averaging at least ten points for...

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