Pirates Set For BIG EAST Road Clash With Xavier

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Seton Hall has won eight of its last 10 and is 12-3 in the BIG EAST​


SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. - Winners of eight of its last 10, the Seton Hall baseball team hits the road this weekend for another tough BIG EAST series at Xavier. The four-game series is scheduled from May 7-9.

The Pirates (19-15, 12-3 BIG EAST) are currently second in the BIG EAST and the Musketeers (17-19, 8-6 BIG EAST) sit in fourth place. Seton Hall's 12 conference wins are the most in the BIG EAST.

PROJECTED STARTERS (subject to change)
Friday (DH) - RHP Ryan McLinskey (3-0, 2.11 ERA); LHP Joe Cinnella (3-1, 3.09 ERA) - GAME 1 Live Stream | Live Stats GAME 2 Live Stream | Live Stats
Saturday - RHP David Festa (1-2, 2.28 ERA) - Live Stream | Live Stats
Sunday - LHP Tyler Burnham (2-3, 3.86 ERA) - Live Stream | Live Stats

NEWS & NOTES
  • Seton Hall is coming off of a four-game sweep of Georgetown -- its second conference sweep and third BIG EAST series victory of the season.
  • The Pirates lead the all-time series with Xavier, 11-8, and took two out of three their last trip to Cincinnati back in May 2019.
  • Senior Tyler Burnham (East Brunswick, N.J.) made history on May 2 by throwing Seton Hall's fifth no-hitter since 1990 to go along with a career-high 14 strikeouts in a 2-0 win over Georgetown.
  • Burnham was named BIG EAST Pitcher of the Week and NCBWA National Pitcher of the Week.
  • Graduate student Matt Toke (Three Bridges, N.J.) was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll after hitting .467 (7-for-15) with two doubles, five RBI and three runs scored while playing stellar defense at first base against the Hoyas.
  • Toke was a unanimous selection on the Preseason All-BIG EAST squad.
  • Senior Jerry Huntzinger (Staten Island, N.Y.) leads the BIG EAST and ranks fourth in the country with 24 stolen bases.
  • Seton Hall ranks in the top three in the BIG EAST in hitting (3rd, .274), pitching (2nd, 3.83 ERA) and fielding (2nd, .972).
 

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Pirates Split First Doubleheader Of The Weekend With Xavier​

Seton Hall takes the first game, 4-1, but drops game two, 6-1​


CINCINNATI – The Seton Hall baseball team won its 20th game and a BIG EAST-best 13th conference contest of the season in game one, 4-1, but fell in game two, 6-1, as the Pirates split a doubleheader with Xavier on Friday afternoon.

The Pirates (20-15, 13-4 BIG EAST) and the Musketeers will conclude the series tomorrow with another doubleheader beginning at 12 p.m.

Senior Ryan McLinskey (Pearl River, N.Y.) improved to 4-0 on the season with a stellar pitching performance – 6.2 innings, one earned run, three hits allowed and eight strikeouts. Senior Sean Miller (Newton, N.J.) registered his second save of the season. Junior Joe Cinnella (Mahwah, N.J.) only gave up two runs – neither of them earned – and struck out five in the night cap.

Sophomore Jonathan Luders (Lynnfield, Mass.) reached base in four of his seven plate appearances on the day and recorded his first career home run in game two. Senior Casey Dana (Montgomery, N.Y.) drove in a pair of runs in game one.

Here's What Happened:

Game One
On the first pitch of the game, senior Jerry Huntzinger (Staten Island, N.Y.) pounded a double into center field, and two batters later the catcher was cashed in on Dana's first hit of the contest, a screaming single to right field. Huntzinger now leads Seton Hall with 30 runs scored.

Xavier would respond in the ensuing half inning however, knotting the game at one run per side. A multi-run fourth inning would jolt the Pirates into a comfortable 4-1 lead in which they would take to the game's conclusion. Shedler-McAvoy's solo home run began the massive inning, which later was followed up by an unearned run scored by sophomore infielder Jonathan Luders (Lynnfield Mass.), and capped off by another single for a score off the bat of Dana, tallying his 96th career RBI.

In one of McLinskey's most efficient outings as a Pirate, he was near-impeccable. The right-hander recorded three innings in which he faced the minimum, and at one point retired 13-consecutive Musketeers spanning from the third inning and into the seventh. With his fourth outing worth five innings or more, McLinskey's season ERA improved to 2.00.

Miller relieved McLinskey in the seventh, taking the mound for an eleventh time. Miller rode a pair of pitches to his third save of 2021, recording the game's final out and closing the door on Xavier.

Game Two

Cinnella registered four strikeouts through the first three innings but the Pirates were unable to push a run across in the top of the fourth where there were two runners on and no one out.

With one out in the home half of the inning, a throwing error that would've been the second out kept the Musketeers alive. The miscue would prove to be costly for Seton Hall as a two-run blast put Xavier ahead 2-0.

The Pirates would respond in the next inning with a home run of their own off the bat of Luders, his second hit of the game from the nine spot in the order. It wouldn't be enough though as a four-run eighth inning for Xavier put the game out of reach.
 

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With the change in NJ on outdoor gatherings will we be able to go to the baseball game next weekend ?
 

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Pirates Conclude Series At Xavier With Doubleheader Split​

Toke, Shelder-McAvoy propel The Hall to victory to game one​


By Mark Mincolelli

CINCINNATI - The Seton Hall baseball team won its 21st game and its Big East-best 14th conference contest of the season in game one, 7-2, but fell just shy in game two despite a late inning rally, 7-6, as the Pirates split a doubleheader with Xavier on Saturday afternoon.

Junior David Festa (Verona, N.J.) improved to 5-2 this season after recording his fourth consecutive victory on the mound for the Pirates, limiting Xavier to just nine baserunners all game one.

Senior Tyler Shedler-McAvoy (Allendale, N.J.) reached base four times out of his eight at-bats through the doubleheader's two contests and registered his second grand slam of the season. Senior Casey Dana (Montgomery, N.Y.) hit his sixth home run of the season and 23rd of his career in game one, tying David Kim for 10th on the program's all-time home run list.

Here's What Happened

Game One

Dana's solo home run served as Seton Hall's only offense through the first six innings against the Musketeers, who held a narrow 2-1 lead heading into the final inning of play.

A stellar pitching performance from Festa kept the game within reach for the Pirates, as the hurler allowed just two earned runs and a pair of Musketeer hits. In his second consecutive seven-inning complete game, the right-hander fanned seven batters, improving his season punchout total to 47 in 12 appearances.

Against the ropes and down to their final three outs, the Pirates mustered up a monster seventh inning in which they plated six runs. Senior Jerry Huntzinger (Staten Island, N.Y.) got the rally started with a one-out single, and with the bases loaded graduate student Matt Toke (Three Bridges, N.J.) gave the Pirates the lead with a two-RBI single into center field, scoring Huntzinger from third, and pinch runner Justin Scotto (Tinton Falls, N.J.) from second base.

With the bases loaded again, Shedler-McAvoy pelted a two-out grand slam over the left field wall, cashing in his fifth long ball of the season as he broke the contest open for the ball club, 7-2. The outfielder now has 23 RBI in 2021.

Seton Hall's six-run inning set the table for Festa to close the door on Xavier in the bottom half of the seventh, giving Seton Hall its sixth win in its last seven Big East matchups.

Game Two

The Musketeers opened the scoring in the first inning with one run, but Seton Hall responded with two in the top of the second inning. Sophomore speedster Will Gale (Scotch Plains, N.J.) sliced a single into center field scoring Toke, and shortly after, junior infielder Alex Clyde (Old Tappan, N.J.) dropped a perfectly-placed bunt that plated Shedler-McAvoy from third base.

Xavier would then score another three runs in the ensuing frame, yet the Pirates had another answer. It would be Clyde again, this time poking an RBI single through the left side of the infield scoring Shedler-McAvoy again, his third run punched on the day.

After three unanswered Musketeer runs yielded them a commanding 7-3 lead, Seton Hall had great ground to cover. Sophomore Jonathan Luders (Lynnfield, Mass.) hit a double that scored David Haberman (Morristown, N.J.) from second base, and back-to-back sacrifice fly balls courtesy of Dana and graduate student Connor Hood (Shrewsbury, PA.) brought the Pirates to within one run of a massive comeback. Xavier would record the final out however, before any more damage could be done, and Seton Hall lost game two, 7-6.

Up Next

Seton Hall heads back home to Mike Sheppard, Sr. Stadium at Owen T. Carroll Field to face BIG EAST rival Creighton in a four game series from May 14-16. The two teams are currently sitting in first and second place in the BIG EAST.
 

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