The Seton Hall Pirates baseball team lost two out of three games this weekend against Liberty. The weekend began with promise after a 5-4 victory over the Flames on Friday afternoon but quickly turned south with back to back close losses on Saturday and Sunday. The stumbles against the Flames put the Pirates at 3-3 with ample time to go in the season, including the entirety of Big East play.
Excitement, upsets, and under appreciation are all things that seem to happen withing the Big East conference of the NCAA men’s basketball program. How- ever, if there was one thing these teams are not used to, it is one and done basketball players.
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.
Whether it’s hitting fade-away game-winners to win a playoff series or winning back-to-back titles to end a 40-year drought of postseason success, basketball players are steadily gaining notoriety as they come closer to reaping the fruits of labor that baseball players have.
Isaac Pavlik wore the number 7 with the New Jersey Jackals, which was retired by the independent baseball franchise last Thursday. He is now only one of five players to have his number retired by the organization, including Hall of Fame member Yogi Berra. What is more remarkable about the former Seton Hall pitcher is that his jersey number is almost equal to the number of people he graduated with in high school.
Throughout the years, Major League Baseball’s playoff system has undergone numerous tweaks.
The Seton Hall baseball team swept its doubleheader today to come closer to a postseason berth, defeating Georgetown 7-1 in game one and 6-2 in game two. Today’s wins followed a narrow 6-5 triumph against Georgetown yesterday and completed a three game sweep of the Hoyas.
Baseball is a game of chess. Each pitch in every at-bat is a different way to attack the opposing team. Despite it taking a lot of physical skill to be a prominent player in the sport, the mental game is what widens the gap of the competition.
It is traditionally rare for a freshman to come in and get regular playing time with a college team. It is even rarer for that freshman to contribute on a regular basis. Yet, Steve Grober has done just that for the Seton Hall baseball team.
After dropping their first two games at No. 19 Texas Christian, Seton Hall was able to wake up the bats to defeat the Horned Frogs, 7-3, in the series finale on Sunday afternoon. The victory increases the Pirates’ record to 15-17.
The Seton Hall baseball team dropped both games of its doubleheader Saturday against Texas Christian University, bringing its season record to 14-17. This was the Pirates’ first meeting with TCU ever and their first meeting with a nationally ranked opponent this season.
In a transitional year for the Seton Hall baseball team, leaders and game changers have been relied on heavily to guide the team back to the Big East Championship. On top of the need for these standout players, Seton Hall are also juggling with the struggle of not having a home field for the entirety of this season. Christian Del Castillo, a junior outfielder, has emerged as one of the team’s instrumental components both offensively and defensively.
Backed by a Casey Dana grand slam in the sixth inning, the Seton Hall baseball team got back into the win column on Wednesday afternoon with a 7-2 victory over Princeton.
The Seton Hall baseball program suffered a major loss on April 6, when legendary coach Mike Sheppard, Sr. passed away at 82.
Seton Hall’s baseball team knew that it would have to adjust in both location and in replacing the talent that they lost en route to a runner-up finish in the Big East.