BIG EAST Champion Pirates Ready for Arizona in NCAA Baseball Regional, Friday

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SETON HALL TO COLLEGE STATION REGIONAL

Seton Hall will face Arizona to begin play at the College Station Regional on Friday.

Four teams comprise the College Station Regional, and as was the case at the BIG EAST Championship, the regional round of the NCAA Championship will feature a double-elimination format.  The Seton Hall Pirates earned the BIG EAST Conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament when they defeated St. John’s, 4-2, in the BIG EAST Championship game on Sunday, May 29. The win propelled the Pirates into the College Station Regional where they will open against Arizona.

 

THE SEEDS: 

 

#1  Texas A&M (42-18)
#2  Arizona (36-19)
#3  SETON HALL (33-23)
#4  Wright State (36-17)

 

THE BRACKET:

 

The Pirates will play Arizona in game one of the regional on Friday.  They will then play either host school Texas A&M or Wright State in the winner’s or elimination bracket on Saturday.

 

Game 57:  vs. #2 Arizona – Friday, June 3 – 1:35 p.m. ET – Olsen Field, College Station, Texas
Game 58:  vs. #1 Texas A&M or #4 Wright State – Saturday, June 4 – 1:35 or 7:35 – Olsen Field, College Station, Texas

 

SETON HALL ALL-TIME AGAINST ARIZONA

 

The Wildcats have won the only three meetings between the programs by sweeping a three-game series in 1986.  The Pirates tried to salvage the series in the third game – game two of a doubleheader on April 1 – but dropped a, 12-11, decision.

 

SETON HALL ALL-TIME AGAINST TEXAS A&M

 

Seton Hall opened the 2010 season with a trip to College Station where they faced the Aggies for the only three times in program history.  Despite Texas A&M winning all three games, Seton Hall battled in the third game by taking a 3-3 tie into the eighth inning, but the Aggies scored three in the frame to win, 6-3.

 

SETON HALL ALL-TIME AGAINST WRIGHT STATE

 

Should the Pirates and the Raiders meet this weekend, it will be the first between the two programs.

 

HOW TO WATCH

 

All games will feature live stats and a live video webstream through the Texas A&M athletics website…CLICK HERE.

 

STRIKE OUT CANCER DONATIONS

 

Although the weekend tournament is over, fans can still donate to the American Cancer Society by visiting the baseball page at http://www.shupirates.com.  Also, Seton Hall Athletics will be selling the white hats with the pink “SH” – same as the ones worn by the players and coaches throughout the weekend – for $30.  All proceeds will go to ACS.

 

DIROCCO EARNS MOST OUTSTANDING PLAYER HONOR

 

After the Pirates won the BIG EAST Championship, DiRocco took home the Jack Kaiser Award after being named the Most Outstanding Player in the tournament.  The senior right-hander finished the tournament with two wins in two starts allowing four earned runs in 13 innings of work for a 2.77 ERA.  He also recorded seven strikeouts.

 

WALSH, GENOVESE, AND GRANITE EARN HARDWARE

 

Will Walsh, Mike Genovese, and Zack Granite were named to the 2011 All-Tournament Team following the Pirates BIG EAST Championship in Clearwater, Fla.  Walsh and Granite were honored as two of the three outfielders on the team, while Genovese took home the award as the top second baseman in the tournament.  Walsh finished the tournament with a team-high .529 batting average and nine hits.  Granite scored eight runs to lead the Pirates, and Genovese drove in five runs for a team-high as well.

 

PIRATES CROWNED BIG EAST CHAMPS

 

Seton Hall defeated St.  John’s, 4-2, on Sunday, May 29 to win their third BIG EAST Championship.  Joe DiRocco picked up his team-high eighth win of the year – second of the tournament – and Zack Granite added two walks to his base hit and scored three runs.  Ryan Harvey recorded his team-leading seventh save with a scoreless inning-and-a-third out of the pen.  As the fifth seed, the Pirates became the lowest seed to ever win the conference championship.

 

SETON HALL EARNS TRIP TO BIG EAST FINALS

 

Zack Granite and Mike Genovese combined to go 6-for-10 with two doubles, four RBI, and three runs scored to lead the Pirates in their 15 hit 12 run attack over Connecticut.  The Hall finished the Huskies in eight innings 12-2 to earn their fifth trip to the BIG EAST Tournament Championship game.  Freshman Brian Gilbert picked up the win after allowing one earned run on four hits in 5.1 innings of work.

 

SETON HALL WALKS TO VICTORY OVER CONNECTICUT

 

The Pirates came back from a two-run deficit in the eighth inning and a one-run deficit in the 12th to defeat top-seeded Connecticut and advance to the semi-finals.  Mike Genovese used his speed down the first base line to break up what would be an-inning ending double play in the eighth to allow the Pirates first run to score.  Next batter, Sean Gusrang, tied the game with an RBI single.  Trailing, 3-2, entering the bottom of the 12th inning, the Hall loaded the bases for Genovese who was hit-by-a-pitch on a full count to tie the game, and two batters later Dale Anderson won the game by drawing a full-count walk.

 

PIRATES TOP WEST VIRGINIA

 

The Pirates used a pair of four run innings early in the game to beat West Virginia, 10-4, in the first round of the BIG EAST Tournament to advance to the winner’s bracket.  Seniors Frank Esposito and Sean Gusrang combined to go 5-for-10 with a double, two triples, four RBI, and three runs scored.  Classmate Joe DiRocco earned his first post-season win allowing only three runs in seven innings.

 

DIROCCO NAMED TO ALL-BIG EAST FIRST TEAM

 

Senior right-hander pitcher Joe DiRocco was named to the 2011 All-BIG EAST First Team during the BIG EAST Tournament Opening Ceremonies at Bright House Field in Clearwater. Fla.  It’s the first time in his four year career he has been named to an all-conference team.

 

FERNANDEZ EARNS PITCHER OF THE WEEK

 

In a must win weekend for Seton Hall, relief pitcher George Fernandez picked up two victories on the mound while pitching five scoreless innings allowing only one hit.  The Pirates swept the Hoyas to earn their berth in the BIG EAST Tournament.

 

MOVING UP

 

The Seton Hall Pirates were picked to finish the 2011 season 11th in the BIG EAST Conference in the Preseason Conference Coaches Poll, but they recorded a 14-13 record in BIG EAST play to earn their spot in the post-season tournament as the fifth seed.

 

SETON HALL SWEEPS GEORGETOWN

 

The Seton Hall Pirates swept the Georgetown Hoyas to earn their second BIG EAST Tournament berth in four years.  Behind the starting pitching of Joe DiRocco and Jon Prosinski, the relief pitching of George Fernandez and Ryan Harvey, and the bat of Mike Genovese, the Pirates came back in game one two win, 3-2, in 11 innings, then followed with another, 3-2, victory before completing the sweep by a score of, 6-3.  DiRocco and Prosinski combined to strike out 10 batters and allow only three earned runs in 16 innings of work.  Fernandez followed by winning two of the three games in the weekend with five scoreless innings of relief, while Ryan Harvey added six more strikeouts to his total in only 2.1 innings to earn two saves.  Genovese completed the weekend accounting for four runs including two RBI and two runs scored.

 

DIROCCO NAMED NJCBA PITCHER OF THE YEAR

 

Joe DiRocco was named the New Jersey Collegiate Baseball Association’s Pitcher of the Year for his impressive 2011 season.  He is the third Seton Hall pitcher to be named to the top honor since 2008 following Corey Young (2008) and Keith Cantwell (2009).

 

ALL-NJCBA TEAMS

 

Giuseppe Papaccio (3B), Zack Granite (OF), and Ryan Harvey (RP) were named to the All-NJCBA First Team.  Sean Gusrang (1B), Mike Genovese (2B), and Jon Prosinski (SP) received Second Team honors, while Dillon Hamlin (C) and Brian Gilbert (SP) were named to the All-Rookie Team.  A.J. Rusbarsky was honored as a Distinguished Senior.

 

GENOVESE MAKES NJCBA TEAM AS INFIELDER

 

For the second straight year, Mike Genovese was named to the All-NJCBA Second Team, however it was the first time he earned the honor as an infielder.  In his freshman campaign in 2010, the Livingston native received the award as a relief pitcher.

 

PIRATES DROP SERIES TO CINCINNATI

 

The Pirates outscored the Bearcats 14-11 in their three game series, but came away with only one win as they fell two-games-to-one.  Cincinnati took game one of the series and doubleheader, 3-1, before the Pirates crushed them, 10-1, in game two.  In the rubber match, the programs combined to score seven runs in the eighth and ninth innings, but it was Cincinnati that scored five in the bottom of the eighth to break open a, 2-1, game and win, 7-3.

 

PROSINSKI NAMED TO WEEKLY HONOR ROLL

 

For the second time in as many weeks,, Jon Prosinski has been named to a BIG EAST weekly honor, this time on the honor roll following his eight innings six strikeout performance against Cincinnati in game two of their doubleheader on Saturday, May 14.  The sophomore right-hander allowed only one run in the outing, and eighth inning tally that was his first in 22.2 innings.

 

PROSINSKI NAMED PITCHER OF THE WEEK

 

Jon Prosinski landed the BIG EAST Pitcher of the Week honor for his complete game two-hit shutout over the Louisville Cardinals.  He becomes the second Pirate pitcher to win the conference’s highest weekly honor for a pitcher, but it’s the fourth given to Seton Hall’s staff this season.

 

SETON HALL SWEEPS LOUISVILLE

 

For the first time in their history, the Seton Hall Pirates swept the Louisville Cardinals by winning a pair of games, 1-0, before earning a, 9-4, win on the final day.  It was Seton Hall’s first BIG EAST weekend-series sweep since 2009 when they beat Georgetown three-straight on April 24-26.

 

RECORD BREAKING AFFAIRS

 

Two years and 37 days removed from an, 8-6, 17-inning Louisville victory over Seton Hall at Owen T. Carroll Field, the Pirates and the Cardinals recreated history, this time with the Pirates finishing on top, 1-0, in 18 innings on Thursday, May 5.  Mike Genovese singled home pinch-runner Mike Betz from third base with one out in the 18th frame for the only run of the game.  Betz pinch ran for Sean Gusrang who began the 18th inning with a single.  Ryan Harvey picked up the win for the Pirates with five shutout innings of relief allowing only one hit while striking out 10.

 

PIRATES WIN second straight, 1-0, game

 

After the teams combined for 17 shutout innings on Thursday, May 5, Seton Hall and Louisville were up to it again as they went eight shutout innings on Friday, May 6.  This time, however, Frank Esposito delivered a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth to give Seton Hall their second, 1-0, win in as many days.

 

SETON HALL AWARDS

 

On Wednesday, May 3, Zack Granite and Joe DiRocco were honored at the Seton Hall Student-Athlete Athletics Awards Banquet.  Granite was named Male Co-Freshman Athlete of the Year while DiRocco was named Male Co-Senior Athlete of the Year.  Granite received his award along with men’s swimmer Matt Benson and DiRocco shared his with Jeremy Hazell of the men’s basketball team.

 

PIRATES DROP SERIES TO NOTRE DAME

 

For the first time this season, the Pirates won game one of a BIG EAST weekend series, but it would not be enough as Eric Jagielo of Notre Dame hit a two-out run-scoring single in the bottom of the 12th in game two and Trey Mancini belted a three-run home run in the bottom of the eighth to complete the Fighting Irish comeback and win game three, 5-4.

 

SETON HALL WINS NUMBER 1,900

 

A.J. Rusbarsky was 3-for-3 with a double, two RBI, and a run scored while the trio of Frank Morris, Rick Mangione, and George Fernandez shut down the Saint Peter’s offense allowing only two hits as the Pirates defeated Saint Peter’s, 3-0, at Owen T. Carroll Field.  Morris earned the victory with 6.2 innings of work and Fernandez picked up the save with 1.1 perfect innings of relief.  In addition to Rusbarsky, Mike Betz, filling in for the injured Sean Gusrang, went 2-for-3 with a double, a triple, and a run scored.

 

HALL SWEEPS HAWKS

 

In a weekday non-conference matchup with in-state rival Monmouth, the Seton Hall Pirates used offense in game one and pitching in game two to sweep the series.  At Monmouth on Tuesday, April 26, the Pirates won a 19-run 11-inning marathon with a come-from-behind, 10-9, victory.  On Wednesday in South Orange, the Pirates pitching earned the win by shutting down the Hawks offense and defeating them, 4-2.  In the two games, five Pirate hitters finished .300 or better including Giuseppe Papaccio who batted a team-high .600 with a double and five runs scored.

 

PIRATES FALL TO WEST VIRGINIA

 

For just the third time in conference play, the Pirates forced a rubber match, however after losing to West Virginia, 3-2, on Saturday, April 23, the Hall are now 1-2 in conference rubber games this season.  A, 5-3, win behind Joe DiRocco and Mike Genovese on Friday forced Saturday’s winner-take-series game after losing in the opener, 6-3, on Thursday.

 

IN THE FIELD…AND ON THE MOUND

 

On Friday, April 22 at West Virginia, Mike Genovese plated two runs on one base hit then finished the game with his first save of the season by pitching a scoreless ninth inning.  It was his 12th appearance on the mound this season, eighth after starting the game at second base.

 

PIRATES DROP SERIES TO USF

 

After falling to USF in the first two games, the Pirates salvaged the series with a, 6-0, shutout led by Jon Prosinski and his 7.2 scoreless innings on the mound.  In the series, Ryan Sullivan picked up his team-leading third home run, giving Seton Hall an early, 3-0, lead in game two.

 

A “PRO” PERFORMANCE

 

In need of a solid start, Jon Prosinski helped salvage the series against USF with 7.2 scoreless innings as the Pirates defeated the Bulls, 6-0.  While reaching the eighth inning, and recording two outs before being removed, Prosinski allowed only four hits while striking out six.

 

PROSINSKI LANDS ON HONOR ROLL

 

Jon Prosinski’s outing against USF landed him on the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll for the first time this season and in his career.

 

ESPOSITO NATIONALLY RANKED

 

Entering the weekend against West Virginia, senior Frank Esposito ranked second in the nation throwing out 18 runners attempting to steal.

 

PIRATES LOSE HEART-BREAKING SERIES TO ST. JOHN’S

 

Seton Hall dropped their second series in as many weeks by only taking one-of-three from rival St. John’s.  After losing game one, 6-1, they took a two-run lead into the eighth inning of game two, but allowed three runs as the Red Storm won, 4-3.  The Pirates salvaged the series by scoring five unanswered runs to overcome a two-run deficit and win, 6-3 Sunday afternoon.

 

ANDERSON, GENOVESE SPARK TEAM

 

Mike Genovese started the five unanswered run comeback on Sunday, April 10 against St. John’s with a two-run double in the sixth inning to tie the game.  Anderson took over from there with a two-run double of his own in the seventh, then scored the final run from third with on a wild pitch.

 

A STRONG DAY

 

In the win against St. John’s, Dale Anderson batted 3-for-4 with an intentional walk, two doubles, two RBI, and two runs scored.  Mike Genovese finished 3-for-4 with two singles, a double, two RBI, and a run scored.

 

COMING THROUGH WHEN CALLED UPON

 

In the weekend series against St. John’s, Mike Genovese batted .364 with four hits, one double, a run scored, and three RBI at the plate, while also finishing two games on the mound lasting 2.2 scoreless innings striking out two yielding only one hit.

 

OFFENSE SETS SEASON HIGHS

 

On Wednesday, April 6, the Pirates defeating Fairleigh Dickinson, 13-0, setting a season-high with 13 runs while tying a season high with 15 hits and 10 RBI.

 

PIRATES DOWNED IN SERIES AT RUTGERS

 

Seton Hall lost their first weekend series since they were swept at FIU March 4 through March 6.  Ryan Harvey picked up the team’s only win on the mound after tossing 4.1 scoreless innings in relief striking out eight batters he faced.  Sean Gusrang drove in the game-winning RBI with a single in the top of the 13th in game two of a doubleheader on Saturday, April 2.  The Pirates lost game one, 4-1, and dropped the rubber match, 9-5, on Sunday.

 

PIRATES WIN SERIES AT VILLANOVA

 

The Pirates won 2-out-of-3 at Villanova to open the BIG EAST regular-season 2-1.  They finished the weekend with a season-high 11 stolen bases in a series with Sean Gusrang, Giuseppe Papaccio, and Ryan Sullivan each snagging two.  Will Walsh also connected for the team’s third grand slam of the season in the series finale on Sunday.

 

GUSRANG, DIROCCO LAND ON WEEKLY HONOR ROLL

 

Sean Gusrang and Joe DiRocco were named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll last week following the team’s 2-1 record at Villanova.  DiRocco tossed a complete-game shutout striking out five batters while Gusrang batted .467 with seven hits, including two triples, three runs scored, and four RBI.

 

WALSH BELTS TEAMS THIRD GRAND SLAM

 

In the top of the third inning of Sunday’s game against Villanova, Will Walsh connected for a grand slam, giving the Pirates their third of the season.  Ryan Sullivan hit the team’s first on March 10 against Florida Atlantic, while Giuseppe Papaccio pulled an eventual game-winner in the 10th inning the following day against FAU.

 

PIRATES SWEEP 2011 STRIKE OUT CANCER TOURNAMENT

 

Led by the arm of Joe DiRocco and the bat of Mike Genovese, the Pirates swept the 2011 Rawlings Strike Out Cancer Tournament by defeating Fordham, Stony Brook, and NJIT.  DiRocco pitched a complete-game three hit shutout against Stony Brook while Genovese batted .400 for the weekend with three runs scored.

 

DIROCCO NAMED PITCHER OF THE WEEK

 

Following a complete-game shutout against Stony Brook, Joe DiRocco was named the BIG EAST Pitcher of the Week becoming the first conference pitcher to earn three Pitcher of the Week awards since Boston College’s Chris Lambert in 2003.

 

STRIKE OUT CANCER TOURNAMENT RAISES  OVER $3,000

 

During the weekend of the third annual Rawlings Strike Out Cancer Tournament, Seton Hall Baseball raised over $3,000 in donations, merchandise sales, and raffles which will be donated to the American Cancer Society.

 

PAPACCIO NAMED TO HONOR ROLL

 

Giuseppe Papaccio was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on Monday, March 14 after batting .667 with two home runs, including a game-winning grand slam at Florida Atlantic, a double, four runs scored, and five RBI.  The Pirates finished the week 3-1.

 

HITTING HOME RUNS

 

As a team, the Pirates enter the Strike Out Cancer weekend tied for third in the conference with six home runs.

 

PIRATES WIN SERIES AT FAU

 

Giuseppe Papaccio hit a game-winning grand slam in the top of the 10th inning one day after Ryan Sullivan connected for a grand slam of his own as the Pirates won two-of-three to end their nine day spring break Florida trip.  Papaccio hit .667 in the series scored four runs and drove in five to lead the Pirates offensively.  Ryan Harvey earned a victory in 3.1 perfect innings in relief and Benny Mejia made his first start of the season allowing one run in five innings striking out eight batters.

 

“PEN”-CIL HIM IN AS A STARTER

 

After beginning the weekend in a three-way tie atop the conference in ERA, Brian Gilbert, who made his first two appearances out of the bullpen, made his first collegiate start on Friday against FIU.  He allowed only two runs and struck out two batters in five innings of work.

 

FROM ONE EXTREME TO THE OTHER…AND BACK

 

Sophomore Mike Genovese joined the Pirates baseball team as an infielder, but became a trusted reliever out of the bullpen in 2010 and the beginning of 2011.  On Saturday, March 5, he made his first collegiate start at second base and finished the weekend 4-for-8 with a double and two RBI.

 

A SACRIFICE TO WINNING

 

Mike Genovese hit the Pirates first sacrifice fly of the season in the 7th inning of their game against SIU-E driving in the tying run.  Will Walsh followed with the Pirates second sacrifice fly of the year in the 11th inning to drive in the winning-run.

 

PIRATES SWEPT AT FIU

 

The Pirates pitching staff improved from the previous two weekends and allowed only 11 earned runs in the 27 innings, but the bats fell silent as they team hit .181 and scored only four runs as they were swept by Florida International.  Sean Gusrang finished the weekend batting .400 with four hits and a run scored and Mike Genovese, who earned his first start at second base and his first collegiate at-bat, batted .500 with four hits, including a double, and two RBI.

 

GRANITE TOPS IN CONFERENCE

 

Freshman Zack Granite ranked eighth in the conference on February 28 with a .400 batting average, fourth with a .500 on-base percentage, and third with three stolen bases.

 

SOLID AS A ROCK

 

Joe DiRocco took his momentum from a two-hit shutout performance against Iowa into another masterful start where he allowed only one run on four hits against #24 North Carolina to earn his second win.

 

DIROCCO’S CONFERENCE RANKINGS

 

DiRocco’s first two outings of the season placed him second in the conference with a .130 opposing batting average and 14.1 innings pitched, as well as fourth in the conference with a 0.63 ERA.

 

BUILDING A BRIDGE

 

Following DiRocco’s 6.1 innings against North Carolina, Rick Mangione built the bridge to closer Ryan Harvey.  Mangione tossed 1.1 scoreless innings while Harvey did the same to pick up his second save of the year.

 

STEALING THE ATTEMPTS

 

Frank Esposito entered the FIU weekend first in the conference by throwing out five attempted base stealers.  As a team, the Pirates were second in the conference with a 45.5% caught stealing percentage.

 

DIROCCO EARNS SECOND PITCHER OF THE WEEK HONOR

 

Joe DiRocco was named to his second BIG EAST Pitcher of the Week honor on Monday, February 28 after shutting down then-number 24 North Carolina allowing only one run on four hits and striking out four in six innings of work.

 

PIRATES FINISH 1-2 AGAINST RANKED TAR HEELS

 

Zack Granite hit .545 for the weekend and Joe DiRocco allowed only one run in 6.1 innings of work as the Pirates were able to steal a victory at #24 North Carolina.  Granite picked up six hits including one double and was 1-for-1 in stolen base opportunities to help lead the Pirates to victory.  Ryan Sullivan drove in the eventual-winning run on Sunday with a pinch-hit single to the right field in the top of the sixth inning.

 

SETON HALL VS. RANKED OPPONENTS

 

With their win at #24 North Carolina, the Pirates improved their record to 5-13 against ranked opponents since 2006.  The win also propelled their record to 1-8 against a ranked Tar Heel team.

 

HIT AND RUN

 

The Pirates entered the UNC weekend with a BIG EAST high nine hit-batsmen, including Will Walsh who was hit by five pitches – four in one game – during the first weekend of play.

 

A “WILL” TO REACH BASE

 

Will Walsh set a new Seton Hall baseball record for being hit-by-a-pitch four times in one game on February 18 against Penn State.  Including his four, the Pirates set a conference game high with seven hit-batsmen in the same game.

 

TO STEAL AND NOT TO STEAL

 

Entering the UNC weekend, freshmen Zack Granite was a perfect 2-for-2 in stolen base attempts and was ranked third in the conference.  On the defensive side, catcher Frank Esposito threw out three attempted base stealers and ranked first in the conference.

 

A CUP OF “JOE”

 

In need of a boost, the Pirates received a two-hit eight inning shutout from the arm of senior ace Joe DiRocco against Iowa for their first win of the season.  His outing landed him first in the conference in ERA and second in opposing batting average at .083.

 

DIROCCO NAMED PITCHER OF THE WEEK

 

Joe DiRocco’s two-hit shutout in eight innings of work earned him the first BIG EAST Pitcher of Week honor for 2011.

 

DIROCCO LANDS PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK

 

InsidePitching.com has honored Joe DiRocco for his outing on Sunday, February 20 against Iowa as the Northeast Region Pitching Performance of the Week.

 

SETON HALL NAMES LYONS NEW AD

 

Patrick G. Lyons was named Director of Athletics and Recreational Services at Seton Hall University on Feb. 22.  Lyons comes to Seton Hall after spending the last seven years as Iona College’s Director of Athletics and established its department as one of the top programs in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.  He was chief administrator for the Gaels’ 21 NCAA Division I athletic programs.  Lyons joined the Pirates full-time on March 28.

 

ON OPENING DAY

 

With the loss to Penn State on February 18, the Pirates fell to 10-28-1 on opening day dating back to 1973, including a 2-6 mark since 2004 when Rob Sheppard took over as head coach.

 

PIRATES FINISH 1-2 AT BIG EAST/BIG TEN CHALLENGE

 

Frank Esposito, Will Walsh, and A.J. Rusbarsky each hit over .300 for the weekend, but the Pirates were outscored, 13-12, and finished with losses to Penn State and Michigan State before defeating Iowa.  Joe DiRocco flourished that weekend tossing a two-hit shutout over eight innings.

 

DUFFY, PAPPAS RETURN

 

Jim Duffy, a 1996 graduate of Seton Hall, returns for his second stint as an assistant coach on Rob Sheppard’s staff.  Previously holding the same title from 2003-08, he jumps back into action working primarily with the hitters and outfielders.  Pappas, a 2008 Seton Hall graduate, begins his first season as a Volunteer Assistant Coach working with his coaches when he played here from 2005-08.

 

PLAYERS RETURNING

 

Seton Hall welcomes back 22 players from a year ago including their top four starting pitchers in Joe DiRocco, Frank Morris, Jon Prosinski, and Benny Mejia, and the newest career-record holder for assists shortstop A.J. Rusbarsky.

 

PIRATES WELCOME 13

 

Thirteen members of the Pirates roster will make their first appearance in a Hall uniform.  The Pirates coaching staff will welcome the 13 newcomers including junior-college transfer Dale Anderson.  With two years of college baseball under his belt, Anderson makes his way to New Jersey from the College of Southern Idaho where he finished last season second on the team in batting average and third in slugging percentage.”HALL” OF A COACHING STAFF:

 

A “HALL” OF A COACHING STAFF

 

On January 7, 2011 Mike Sheppard, Sr. was inducted into the ABCA Hall of Fame following a stellar career at the helm of the Seton Hall Pirates baseball team.  He held the position from 1973-2003 posting 28 winning seasons and 27 postseason berths including 15 BIG EAST Championships and two College World Series appearances.  Eleven months earlier, current pitching coach Phil Cundari was elected into Seton Hall University’s Hall of Fame as a pitcher.  Cundari pitched for Sheppard’s 1983-85 squads and began his coaching career during Sheppard’s reign.  Today, Cundari enters his 12th season tutoring the pitching staff, while Sheppard remains a big part of the program as the head coach emeritus.

 

FOR A TEAMMATE:

 

For the second straight season, the Pirates baseball team will honor David Bachner, a 2009 in-coming freshman who passed away on August 11, 2009, by hanging a t-shirt with his name and high school number in the dugout each game.

 

A NEW LOOK:

 

Following the completion of the 2010 season, Owen T. Carroll Field received a face-lift including new field turf, a turf surface batter’s box, protective netting behind home plate, a Pirate head logo between home plate and the backstop, and a shorter outfield with the fences in the gaps brought closer to home plate.

 

SETON HALL BASEBALL GOING RETRO

 

In the 1980’s, the Seton Hall Pirates wore a light blue and black horizontal striped jersey.  This season, the Pirates will welcome them back by wearing them throughout the 2011 season.

 

STRIKE OUT CANCER:

 

March 18-20 will mark the third annual Strike Out Cancer Tournament hosted by Seton Hall.  Each season, the Pirates have teamed up with American Cancer Society to host the four-team tournament and have raised over $2,500 each year through donations and merchandise sales.

 

FRIENDS OF JACLYN:

 

This season, the Pirates will once again welcome Connor Mackay to their squad through the “Friends of Jaclyn” Organization.  FOJ is a non-profit organization that connects children struggling with brain tumors with an NCAA team.  Throughout the year, the team provides support and encouragement to the child and their family.

 

SETON HALL RETURNS TO BIG TEN/BIG EAST CHALLENGE

 

For the third straight year, Seton Hall will join the BIG EAST Conference and the Big 10 Conference on February 18-20 in St. Petersburg, Fla. for the BIG EAST/Big Ten Challenge.  Similar to 2009 and 2010, the challenge will feature 30 games in three days.  All games will be played in either St. Petersburg at the Raymond A. Naimoli Complex, the former spring training practice facility of the Tampa Bay Rays, and Al Lang Stadium, the former spring training game site of the Rays, or in Clearwater at Jack Russell Stadium, the former spring home of the Philadelphia Phillies.

 

PRESEASON BIG EAST PREDICTIONS

 

Seton Hall received 25 points by the BIG EAST head coaches to finish 11th in the conference preseason polls for the 2011 season.  The Connecticut Huskies received nine first place votes to be tabbed the favorites to win the conference championship this season after finishing just one game out of first place last year.  Junior outfielder from Connecticut George Springer earned the preseason conference Player of the Year award, while his right-handed teammate Matt Barnes was named the preseason Pitcher of the Year.

 

BIG EAST RETURNS TO CLEARWATER FOR 2011 TOURNAMENT

 

The BIG EAST Conference will continue to play their baseball tournament at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Fla. through this season.  Home of the tournament for four of the past five seasons (2006, 2008, 2009, 2010), Bright House Field is also the spring training home of the Philadelphia Phillies as well as their Florida State League affiliate Clearwater Threshers since the facility opened in 2004.  The top eight teams, based on regular-season finish in the league standings, will qualify for the championship, a double-elimination event.  The tournament champion will receive the league’s automatic bid into the 2011 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship.  In addition to the tournament, Bright House Field will also host the tournament’s annual opening ceremonies and the BIG EAST Home Run Derby.

SETON HALL TO COLLEGE STATION REGIONAL

 

Four teams comprise the College Station Regional, and as was the case at the BIG EAST Championship, the regional round of the NCAA Championship will feature a double-elimination format.  The Seton Hall Pirates earned the BIG EAST Conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament when they defeated St. John’s, 4-2, in the BIG EAST Championship game on Sunday, May 29. The win propelled the Pirates into the College Station Regional where they will open against Arizona.

 

THE SEEDS: 

 

#1  Texas A&M (42-18)
#2  Arizona (36-19)
#3  SETON HALL (33-23)
#4  Wright State (36-17)

 

THE BRACKET:

 

The Pirates will play Arizona in game one of the regional on Friday.  They will then play either host school Texas A&M or Wright State in the winner’s or elimination bracket on Saturday.

 

Game 57:  vs. #2 Arizona – Friday, June 3 – 1:35 p.m. ET – Olsen Field, College Station, Texas
Game 58:  vs. #1 Texas A&M or #4 Wright State – Saturday, June 4 – 1:35 or 7:35 – Olsen Field, College Station, Texas

 

SETON HALL ALL-TIME AGAINST ARIZONA

 

The Wildcats have won the only three meetings between the programs by sweeping a three-game series in 1986.  The Pirates tried to salvage the series in the third game – game two of a doubleheader on April 1 – but dropped a, 12-11, decision.

 

SETON HALL ALL-TIME AGAINST TEXAS A&M

 

Seton Hall opened the 2010 season with a trip to College Station where they faced the Aggies for the only three times in program history.  Despite Texas A&M winning all three games, Seton Hall battled in the third game by taking a 3-3 tie into the eighth inning, but the Aggies scored three in the frame to win, 6-3.

 

SETON HALL ALL-TIME AGAINST WRIGHT STATE

 

Should the Pirates and the Raiders meet this weekend, it will be the first between the two programs.

 

HOW TO WATCH

 

All games will feature live stats and a live video webstream through the Texas A&M athletics website…CLICK HERE.

 

STRIKE OUT CANCER DONATIONS

 

Although the weekend tournament is over, fans can still donate to the American Cancer Society by visiting the baseball page at http://www.shupirates.com.  Also, Seton Hall Athletics will be selling the white hats with the pink “SH” – same as the ones worn by the players and coaches throughout the weekend – for $30.  All proceeds will go to ACS.

 

DIROCCO EARNS MOST OUTSTANDING PLAYER HONOR

 

After the Pirates won the BIG EAST Championship, DiRocco took home the Jack Kaiser Award after being named the Most Outstanding Player in the tournament.  The senior right-hander finished the tournament with two wins in two starts allowing four earned runs in 13 innings of work for a 2.77 ERA.  He also recorded seven strikeouts.

 

WALSH, GENOVESE, AND GRANITE EARN HARDWARE

 

Will Walsh, Mike Genovese, and Zack Granite were named to the 2011 All-Tournament Team following the Pirates BIG EAST Championship in Clearwater, Fla.  Walsh and Granite were honored as two of the three outfielders on the team, while Genovese took home the award as the top second baseman in the tournament.  Walsh finished the tournament with a team-high .529 batting average and nine hits.  Granite scored eight runs to lead the Pirates, and Genovese drove in five runs for a team-high as well.

 

PIRATES CROWNED BIG EAST CHAMPS

 

Seton Hall defeated St.  John’s, 4-2, on Sunday, May 29 to win their third BIG EAST Championship.  Joe DiRocco picked up his team-high eighth win of the year – second of the tournament – and Zack Granite added two walks to his base hit and scored three runs.  Ryan Harvey recorded his team-leading seventh save with a scoreless inning-and-a-third out of the pen.  As the fifth seed, the Pirates became the lowest seed to ever win the conference championship.

 

SETON HALL EARNS TRIP TO BIG EAST FINALS

 

Zack Granite and Mike Genovese combined to go 6-for-10 with two doubles, four RBI, and three runs scored to lead the Pirates in their 15 hit 12 run attack over Connecticut.  The Hall finished the Huskies in eight innings 12-2 to earn their fifth trip to the BIG EAST Tournament Championship game.  Freshman Brian Gilbert picked up the win after allowing one earned run on four hits in 5.1 innings of work.

 

SETON HALL WALKS TO VICTORY OVER CONNECTICUT

 

The Pirates came back from a two-run deficit in the eighth inning and a one-run deficit in the 12th to defeat top-seeded Connecticut and advance to the semi-finals.  Mike Genovese used his speed down the first base line to break up what would be an-inning ending double play in the eighth to allow the Pirates first run to score.  Next batter, Sean Gusrang, tied the game with an RBI single.  Trailing, 3-2, entering the bottom of the 12th inning, the Hall loaded the bases for Genovese who was hit-by-a-pitch on a full count to tie the game, and two batters later Dale Anderson won the game by drawing a full-count walk.

 

PIRATES TOP WEST VIRGINIA

 

The Pirates used a pair of four run innings early in the game to beat West Virginia, 10-4, in the first round of the BIG EAST Tournament to advance to the winner’s bracket.  Seniors Frank Esposito and Sean Gusrang combined to go 5-for-10 with a double, two triples, four RBI, and three runs scored.  Classmate Joe DiRocco earned his first post-season win allowing only three runs in seven innings.

 

DIROCCO NAMED TO ALL-BIG EAST FIRST TEAM

 

Senior right-hander pitcher Joe DiRocco was named to the 2011 All-BIG EAST First Team during the BIG EAST Tournament Opening Ceremonies at Bright House Field in Clearwater. Fla.  It’s the first time in his four year career he has been named to an all-conference team.

 

FERNANDEZ EARNS PITCHER OF THE WEEK

 

In a must win weekend for Seton Hall, relief pitcher George Fernandez picked up two victories on the mound while pitching five scoreless innings allowing only one hit.  The Pirates swept the Hoyas to earn their berth in the BIG EAST Tournament.

 

MOVING UP

 

The Seton Hall Pirates were picked to finish the 2011 season 11th in the BIG EAST Conference in the Preseason Conference Coaches Poll, but they recorded a 14-13 record in BIG EAST play to earn their spot in the post-season tournament as the fifth seed.

 

SETON HALL SWEEPS GEORGETOWN

 

The Seton Hall Pirates swept the Georgetown Hoyas to earn their second BIG EAST Tournament berth in four years.  Behind the starting pitching of Joe DiRocco and Jon Prosinski, the relief pitching of George Fernandez and Ryan Harvey, and the bat of Mike Genovese, the Pirates came back in game one two win, 3-2, in 11 innings, then followed with another, 3-2, victory before completing the sweep by a score of, 6-3.  DiRocco and Prosinski combined to strike out 10 batters and allow only three earned runs in 16 innings of work.  Fernandez followed by winning two of the three games in the weekend with five scoreless innings of relief, while Ryan Harvey added six more strikeouts to his total in only 2.1 innings to earn two saves.  Genovese completed the weekend accounting for four runs including two RBI and two runs scored.

 

DIROCCO NAMED NJCBA PITCHER OF THE YEAR

 

Joe DiRocco was named the New Jersey Collegiate Baseball Association’s Pitcher of the Year for his impressive 2011 season.  He is the third Seton Hall pitcher to be named to the top honor since 2008 following Corey Young (2008) and Keith Cantwell (2009).

 

ALL-NJCBA TEAMS

 

Giuseppe Papaccio (3B), Zack Granite (OF), and Ryan Harvey (RP) were named to the All-NJCBA First Team.  Sean Gusrang (1B), Mike Genovese (2B), and Jon Prosinski (SP) received Second Team honors, while Dillon Hamlin (C) and Brian Gilbert (SP) were named to the All-Rookie Team.  A.J. Rusbarsky was honored as a Distinguished Senior.

 

GENOVESE MAKES NJCBA TEAM AS INFIELDER

 

For the second straight year, Mike Genovese was named to the All-NJCBA Second Team, however it was the first time he earned the honor as an infielder.  In his freshman campaign in 2010, the Livingston native received the award as a relief pitcher.

 

PIRATES DROP SERIES TO CINCINNATI

 

The Pirates outscored the Bearcats 14-11 in their three game series, but came away with only one win as they fell two-games-to-one.  Cincinnati took game one of the series and doubleheader, 3-1, before the Pirates crushed them, 10-1, in game two.  In the rubber match, the programs combined to score seven runs in the eighth and ninth innings, but it was Cincinnati that scored five in the bottom of the eighth to break open a, 2-1, game and win, 7-3.

 

PROSINSKI NAMED TO WEEKLY HONOR ROLL

 

For the second time in as many weeks,, Jon Prosinski has been named to a BIG EAST weekly honor, this time on the honor roll following his eight innings six strikeout performance against Cincinnati in game two of their doubleheader on Saturday, May 14.  The sophomore right-hander allowed only one run in the outing, and eighth inning tally that was his first in 22.2 innings.

 

PROSINSKI NAMED PITCHER OF THE WEEK

 

Jon Prosinski landed the BIG EAST Pitcher of the Week honor for his complete game two-hit shutout over the Louisville Cardinals.  He becomes the second Pirate pitcher to win the conference’s highest weekly honor for a pitcher, but it’s the fourth given to Seton Hall’s staff this season.

 

SETON HALL SWEEPS LOUISVILLE

 

For the first time in their history, the Seton Hall Pirates swept the Louisville Cardinals by winning a pair of games, 1-0, before earning a, 9-4, win on the final day.  It was Seton Hall’s first BIG EAST weekend-series sweep since 2009 when they beat Georgetown three-straight on April 24-26.

 

RECORD BREAKING AFFAIRS

 

Two years and 37 days removed from an, 8-6, 17-inning Louisville victory over Seton Hall at Owen T. Carroll Field, the Pirates and the Cardinals recreated history, this time with the Pirates finishing on top, 1-0, in 18 innings on Thursday, May 5.  Mike Genovese singled home pinch-runner Mike Betz from third base with one out in the 18th frame for the only run of the game.  Betz pinch ran for Sean Gusrang who began the 18th inning with a single.  Ryan Harvey picked up the win for the Pirates with five shutout innings of relief allowing only one hit while striking out 10.

 

PIRATES WIN second straight, 1-0, game

 

After the teams combined for 17 shutout innings on Thursday, May 5, Seton Hall and Louisville were up to it again as they went eight shutout innings on Friday, May 6.  This time, however, Frank Esposito delivered a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth to give Seton Hall their second, 1-0, win in as many days.

 

SETON HALL AWARDS

 

On Wednesday, May 3, Zack Granite and Joe DiRocco were honored at the Seton Hall Student-Athlete Athletics Awards Banquet.  Granite was named Male Co-Freshman Athlete of the Year while DiRocco was named Male Co-Senior Athlete of the Year.  Granite received his award along with men’s swimmer Matt Benson and DiRocco shared his with Jeremy Hazell of the men’s basketball team.

 

PIRATES DROP SERIES TO NOTRE DAME

 

For the first time this season, the Pirates won game one of a BIG EAST weekend series, but it would not be enough as Eric Jagielo of Notre Dame hit a two-out run-scoring single in the bottom of the 12th in game two and Trey Mancini belted a three-run home run in the bottom of the eighth to complete the Fighting Irish comeback and win game three, 5-4.

 

SETON HALL WINS NUMBER 1,900

 

A.J. Rusbarsky was 3-for-3 with a double, two RBI, and a run scored while the trio of Frank Morris, Rick Mangione, and George Fernandez shut down the Saint Peter’s offense allowing only two hits as the Pirates defeated Saint Peter’s, 3-0, at Owen T. Carroll Field.  Morris earned the victory with 6.2 innings of work and Fernandez picked up the save with 1.1 perfect innings of relief.  In addition to Rusbarsky, Mike Betz, filling in for the injured Sean Gusrang, went 2-for-3 with a double, a triple, and a run scored.

 

HALL SWEEPS HAWKS

 

In a weekday non-conference matchup with in-state rival Monmouth, the Seton Hall Pirates used offense in game one and pitching in game two to sweep the series.  At Monmouth on Tuesday, April 26, the Pirates won a 19-run 11-inning marathon with a come-from-behind, 10-9, victory.  On Wednesday in South Orange, the Pirates pitching earned the win by shutting down the Hawks offense and defeating them, 4-2.  In the two games, five Pirate hitters finished .300 or better including Giuseppe Papaccio who batted a team-high .600 with a double and five runs scored.

 

PIRATES FALL TO WEST VIRGINIA

 

For just the third time in conference play, the Pirates forced a rubber match, however after losing to West Virginia, 3-2, on Saturday, April 23, the Hall are now 1-2 in conference rubber games this season.  A, 5-3, win behind Joe DiRocco and Mike Genovese on Friday forced Saturday’s winner-take-series game after losing in the opener, 6-3, on Thursday.

 

IN THE FIELD…AND ON THE MOUND

 

On Friday, April 22 at West Virginia, Mike Genovese plated two runs on one base hit then finished the game with his first save of the season by pitching a scoreless ninth inning.  It was his 12th appearance on the mound this season, eighth after starting the game at second base.

 

PIRATES DROP SERIES TO USF

 

After falling to USF in the first two games, the Pirates salvaged the series with a, 6-0, shutout led by Jon Prosinski and his 7.2 scoreless innings on the mound.  In the series, Ryan Sullivan picked up his team-leading third home run, giving Seton Hall an early, 3-0, lead in game two.

 

A “PRO” PERFORMANCE

 

In need of a solid start, Jon Prosinski helped salvage the series against USF with 7.2 scoreless innings as the Pirates defeated the Bulls, 6-0.  While reaching the eighth inning, and recording two outs before being removed, Prosinski allowed only four hits while striking out six.

 

PROSINSKI LANDS ON HONOR ROLL

 

Jon Prosinski’s outing against USF landed him on the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll for the first time this season and in his career.

 

ESPOSITO NATIONALLY RANKED

 

Entering the weekend against West Virginia, senior Frank Esposito ranked second in the nation throwing out 18 runners attempting to steal.

 

PIRATES LOSE HEART-BREAKING SERIES TO ST. JOHN’S

 

Seton Hall dropped their second series in as many weeks by only taking one-of-three from rival St. John’s.  After losing game one, 6-1, they took a two-run lead into the eighth inning of game two, but allowed three runs as the Red Storm won, 4-3.  The Pirates salvaged the series by scoring five unanswered runs to overcome a two-run deficit and win, 6-3 Sunday afternoon.

 

ANDERSON, GENOVESE SPARK TEAM

 

Mike Genovese started the five unanswered run comeback on Sunday, April 10 against St. John’s with a two-run double in the sixth inning to tie the game.  Anderson took over from there with a two-run double of his own in the seventh, then scored the final run from third with on a wild pitch.

 

A STRONG DAY

 

In the win against St. John’s, Dale Anderson batted 3-for-4 with an intentional walk, two doubles, two RBI, and two runs scored.  Mike Genovese finished 3-for-4 with two singles, a double, two RBI, and a run scored.

 

COMING THROUGH WHEN CALLED UPON

 

In the weekend series against St. John’s, Mike Genovese batted .364 with four hits, one double, a run scored, and three RBI at the plate, while also finishing two games on the mound lasting 2.2 scoreless innings striking out two yielding only one hit.

 

OFFENSE SETS SEASON HIGHS

 

On Wednesday, April 6, the Pirates defeating Fairleigh Dickinson, 13-0, setting a season-high with 13 runs while tying a season high with 15 hits and 10 RBI.

 

PIRATES DOWNED IN SERIES AT RUTGERS

 

Seton Hall lost their first weekend series since they were swept at FIU March 4 through March 6.  Ryan Harvey picked up the team’s only win on the mound after tossing 4.1 scoreless innings in relief striking out eight batters he faced.  Sean Gusrang drove in the game-winning RBI with a single in the top of the 13th in game two of a doubleheader on Saturday, April 2.  The Pirates lost game one, 4-1, and dropped the rubber match, 9-5, on Sunday.

 

PIRATES WIN SERIES AT VILLANOVA

 

The Pirates won 2-out-of-3 at Villanova to open the BIG EAST regular-season 2-1.  They finished the weekend with a season-high 11 stolen bases in a series with Sean Gusrang, Giuseppe Papaccio, and Ryan Sullivan each snagging two.  Will Walsh also connected for the team’s third grand slam of the season in the series finale on Sunday.

 

GUSRANG, DIROCCO LAND ON WEEKLY HONOR ROLL

 

Sean Gusrang and Joe DiRocco were named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll last week following the team’s 2-1 record at Villanova.  DiRocco tossed a complete-game shutout striking out five batters while Gusrang batted .467 with seven hits, including two triples, three runs scored, and four RBI.

 

WALSH BELTS TEAMS THIRD GRAND SLAM

 

In the top of the third inning of Sunday’s game against Villanova, Will Walsh connected for a grand slam, giving the Pirates their third of the season.  Ryan Sullivan hit the team’s first on March 10 against Florida Atlantic, while Giuseppe Papaccio pulled an eventual game-winner in the 10th inning the following day against FAU.

 

PIRATES SWEEP 2011 STRIKE OUT CANCER TOURNAMENT

 

Led by the arm of Joe DiRocco and the bat of Mike Genovese, the Pirates swept the 2011 Rawlings Strike Out Cancer Tournament by defeating Fordham, Stony Brook, and NJIT.  DiRocco pitched a complete-game three hit shutout against Stony Brook while Genovese batted .400 for the weekend with three runs scored.

 

DIROCCO NAMED PITCHER OF THE WEEK

 

Following a complete-game shutout against Stony Brook, Joe DiRocco was named the BIG EAST Pitcher of the Week becoming the first conference pitcher to earn three Pitcher of the Week awards since Boston College’s Chris Lambert in 2003.

 

STRIKE OUT CANCER TOURNAMENT RAISES  OVER $3,000

 

During the weekend of the third annual Rawlings Strike Out Cancer Tournament, Seton Hall Baseball raised over $3,000 in donations, merchandise sales, and raffles which will be donated to the American Cancer Society.

 

PAPACCIO NAMED TO HONOR ROLL

 

Giuseppe Papaccio was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on Monday, March 14 after batting .667 with two home runs, including a game-winning grand slam at Florida Atlantic, a double, four runs scored, and five RBI.  The Pirates finished the week 3-1.

 

HITTING HOME RUNS

 

As a team, the Pirates enter the Strike Out Cancer weekend tied for third in the conference with six home runs.

 

PIRATES WIN SERIES AT FAU

 

Giuseppe Papaccio hit a game-winning grand slam in the top of the 10th inning one day after Ryan Sullivan connected for a grand slam of his own as the Pirates won two-of-three to end their nine day spring break Florida trip.  Papaccio hit .667 in the series scored four runs and drove in five to lead the Pirates offensively.  Ryan Harvey earned a victory in 3.1 perfect innings in relief and Benny Mejia made his first start of the season allowing one run in five innings striking out eight batters.

 

“PEN”-CIL HIM IN AS A STARTER

 

After beginning the weekend in a three-way tie atop the conference in ERA, Brian Gilbert, who made his first two appearances out of the bullpen, made his first collegiate start on Friday against FIU.  He allowed only two runs and struck out two batters in five innings of work.

 

FROM ONE EXTREME TO THE OTHER…AND BACK

 

Sophomore Mike Genovese joined the Pirates baseball team as an infielder, but became a trusted reliever out of the bullpen in 2010 and the beginning of 2011.  On Saturday, March 5, he made his first collegiate start at second base and finished the weekend 4-for-8 with a double and two RBI.

 

A SACRIFICE TO WINNING

 

Mike Genovese hit the Pirates first sacrifice fly of the season in the 7th inning of their game against SIU-E driving in the tying run.  Will Walsh followed with the Pirates second sacrifice fly of the year in the 11th inning to drive in the winning-run.

 

PIRATES SWEPT AT FIU

 

The Pirates pitching staff improved from the previous two weekends and allowed only 11 earned runs in the 27 innings, but the bats fell silent as they team hit .181 and scored only four runs as they were swept by Florida International.  Sean Gusrang finished the weekend batting .400 with four hits and a run scored and Mike Genovese, who earned his first start at second base and his first collegiate at-bat, batted .500 with four hits, including a double, and two RBI.

 

GRANITE TOPS IN CONFERENCE

 

Freshman Zack Granite ranked eighth in the conference on February 28 with a .400 batting average, fourth with a .500 on-base percentage, and third with three stolen bases.

 

SOLID AS A ROCK

 

Joe DiRocco took his momentum from a two-hit shutout performance against Iowa into another masterful start where he allowed only one run on four hits against #24 North Carolina to earn his second win.

 

DIROCCO’S CONFERENCE RANKINGS

 

DiRocco’s first two outings of the season placed him second in the conference with a .130 opposing batting average and 14.1 innings pitched, as well as fourth in the conference with a 0.63 ERA.

 

BUILDING A BRIDGE

 

Following DiRocco’s 6.1 innings against North Carolina, Rick Mangione built the bridge to closer Ryan Harvey.  Mangione tossed 1.1 scoreless innings while Harvey did the same to pick up his second save of the year.

 

STEALING THE ATTEMPTS

 

Frank Esposito entered the FIU weekend first in the conference by throwing out five attempted base stealers.  As a team, the Pirates were second in the conference with a 45.5% caught stealing percentage.

 

DIROCCO EARNS SECOND PITCHER OF THE WEEK HONOR

 

Joe DiRocco was named to his second BIG EAST Pitcher of the Week honor on Monday, February 28 after shutting down then-number 24 North Carolina allowing only one run on four hits and striking out four in six innings of work.

 

PIRATES FINISH 1-2 AGAINST RANKED TAR HEELS

 

Zack Granite hit .545 for the weekend and Joe DiRocco allowed only one run in 6.1 innings of work as the Pirates were able to steal a victory at #24 North Carolina.  Granite picked up six hits including one double and was 1-for-1 in stolen base opportunities to help lead the Pirates to victory.  Ryan Sullivan drove in the eventual-winning run on Sunday with a pinch-hit single to the right field in the top of the sixth inning.

 

SETON HALL VS. RANKED OPPONENTS

 

With their win at #24 North Carolina, the Pirates improved their record to 5-13 against ranked opponents since 2006.  The win also propelled their record to 1-8 against a ranked Tar Heel team.

 

HIT AND RUN

 

The Pirates entered the UNC weekend with a BIG EAST high nine hit-batsmen, including Will Walsh who was hit by five pitches – four in one game – during the first weekend of play.

 

A “WILL” TO REACH BASE

 

Will Walsh set a new Seton Hall baseball record for being hit-by-a-pitch four times in one game on February 18 against Penn State.  Including his four, the Pirates set a conference game high with seven hit-batsmen in the same game.

 

TO STEAL AND NOT TO STEAL

 

Entering the UNC weekend, freshmen Zack Granite was a perfect 2-for-2 in stolen base attempts and was ranked third in the conference.  On the defensive side, catcher Frank Esposito threw out three attempted base stealers and ranked first in the conference.

 

A CUP OF “JOE”

 

In need of a boost, the Pirates received a two-hit eight inning shutout from the arm of senior ace Joe DiRocco against Iowa for their first win of the season.  His outing landed him first in the conference in ERA and second in opposing batting average at .083.

 

DIROCCO NAMED PITCHER OF THE WEEK

 

Joe DiRocco’s two-hit shutout in eight innings of work earned him the first BIG EAST Pitcher of Week honor for 2011.

 

DIROCCO LANDS PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK

 

InsidePitching.com has honored Joe DiRocco for his outing on Sunday, February 20 against Iowa as the Northeast Region Pitching Performance of the Week.

 

SETON HALL NAMES LYONS NEW AD

 

Patrick G. Lyons was named Director of Athletics and Recreational Services at Seton Hall University on Feb. 22.  Lyons comes to Seton Hall after spending the last seven years as Iona College’s Director of Athletics and established its department as one of the top programs in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.  He was chief administrator for the Gaels’ 21 NCAA Division I athletic programs.  Lyons joined the Pirates full-time on March 28.

 

ON OPENING DAY

 

With the loss to Penn State on February 18, the Pirates fell to 10-28-1 on opening day dating back to 1973, including a 2-6 mark since 2004 when Rob Sheppard took over as head coach.

 

PIRATES FINISH 1-2 AT BIG EAST/BIG TEN CHALLENGE

 

Frank Esposito, Will Walsh, and A.J. Rusbarsky each hit over .300 for the weekend, but the Pirates were outscored, 13-12, and finished with losses to Penn State and Michigan State before defeating Iowa.  Joe DiRocco flourished that weekend tossing a two-hit shutout over eight innings.

 

DUFFY, PAPPAS RETURN

 

Jim Duffy, a 1996 graduate of Seton Hall, returns for his second stint as an assistant coach on Rob Sheppard’s staff.  Previously holding the same title from 2003-08, he jumps back into action working primarily with the hitters and outfielders.  Pappas, a 2008 Seton Hall graduate, begins his first season as a Volunteer Assistant Coach working with his coaches when he played here from 2005-08.

 

PLAYERS RETURNING

 

Seton Hall welcomes back 22 players from a year ago including their top four starting pitchers in Joe DiRocco, Frank Morris, Jon Prosinski, and Benny Mejia, and the newest career-record holder for assists shortstop A.J. Rusbarsky.

 

PIRATES WELCOME 13

 

Thirteen members of the Pirates roster will make their first appearance in a Hall uniform.  The Pirates coaching staff will welcome the 13 newcomers including junior-college transfer Dale Anderson.  With two years of college baseball under his belt, Anderson makes his way to New Jersey from the College of Southern Idaho where he finished last season second on the team in batting average and third in slugging percentage.”HALL” OF A COACHING STAFF:

 

A “HALL” OF A COACHING STAFF

 

On January 7, 2011 Mike Sheppard, Sr. was inducted into the ABCA Hall of Fame following a stellar career at the helm of the Seton Hall Pirates baseball team.  He held the position from 1973-2003 posting 28 winning seasons and 27 postseason berths including 15 BIG EAST Championships and two College World Series appearances.  Eleven months earlier, current pitching coach Phil Cundari was elected into Seton Hall University’s Hall of Fame as a pitcher.  Cundari pitched for Sheppard’s 1983-85 squads and began his coaching career during Sheppard’s reign.  Today, Cundari enters his 12th season tutoring the pitching staff, while Sheppard remains a big part of the program as the head coach emeritus.

 

FOR A TEAMMATE:

 

For the second straight season, the Pirates baseball team will honor David Bachner, a 2009 in-coming freshman who passed away on August 11, 2009, by hanging a t-shirt with his name and high school number in the dugout each game.

 

A NEW LOOK:

 

Following the completion of the 2010 season, Owen T. Carroll Field received a face-lift including new field turf, a turf surface batter’s box, protective netting behind home plate, a Pirate head logo between home plate and the backstop, and a shorter outfield with the fences in the gaps brought closer to home plate.

 

SETON HALL BASEBALL GOING RETRO

 

In the 1980’s, the Seton Hall Pirates wore a light blue and black horizontal striped jersey.  This season, the Pirates will welcome them back by wearing them throughout the 2011 season.

 

STRIKE OUT CANCER:

 

March 18-20 will mark the third annual Strike Out Cancer Tournament hosted by Seton Hall.  Each season, the Pirates have teamed up with American Cancer Society to host the four-team tournament and have raised over $2,500 each year through donations and merchandise sales.

 

FRIENDS OF JACLYN:

 

This season, the Pirates will once again welcome Connor Mackay to their squad through the “Friends of Jaclyn” Organization.  FOJ is a non-profit organization that connects children struggling with brain tumors with an NCAA team.  Throughout the year, the team provides support and encouragement to the child and their family.

 

SETON HALL RETURNS TO BIG TEN/BIG EAST CHALLENGE

 

For the third straight year, Seton Hall will join the BIG EAST Conference and the Big 10 Conference on February 18-20 in St. Petersburg, Fla. for the BIG EAST/Big Ten Challenge.  Similar to 2009 and 2010, the challenge will feature 30 games in three days.  All games will be played in either St. Petersburg at the Raymond A. Naimoli Complex, the former spring training practice facility of the Tampa Bay Rays, and Al Lang Stadium, the former spring training game site of the Rays, or in Clearwater at Jack Russell Stadium, the former spring home of the Philadelphia Phillies.

 

PRESEASON BIG EAST PREDICTIONS

 

Seton Hall received 25 points by the BIG EAST head coaches to finish 11th in the conference preseason polls for the 2011 season.  The Connecticut Huskies received nine first place votes to be tabbed the favorites to win the conference championship this season after finishing just one game out of first place last year.  Junior outfielder from Connecticut George Springer earned the preseason conference Player of the Year award, while his right-handed teammate Matt Barnes was named the preseason Pitcher of the Year.

 

BIG EAST RETURNS TO CLEARWATER FOR 2011 TOURNAMENT

 

The BIG EAST Conference will continue to play their baseball tournament at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Fla. through this season.  Home of the tournament for four of the past five seasons (2006, 2008, 2009, 2010), Bright House Field is also the spring training home of the Philadelphia Phillies as well as their Florida State League affiliate Clearwater Threshers since the facility opened in 2004.  The top eight teams, based on regular-season finish in the league standings, will qualify for the championship, a double-elimination event.  The tournament champion will receive the league’s automatic bid into the 2011 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship.  In addition to the tournament, Bright House Field will also host the tournament’s annual opening ceremonies and the BIG EAST Home Run Derby.

 

2011 NCAA BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP

 

The 65th Annual College World Series will take place June 18-29 at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb.  This is the 61st time that the College World Series will be played in Omaha.  The field consists of 64 teams, with 29 conference champions joined by 35 at-large selections.   A total of 16 four-team, double-elimination regionals will be played on the campuses of participating institutions or at neutral sites June 3-6.  Eight two-team super regionals will then be played June 10-13 at campus sites.  The winners advance to the College World Series.  National television coverage of the 2011 College World Series will be provided by ESPN, including the championship series, June 28-29.

 

 

 

2011 NCAA BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP

 

The 65th Annual College World Series will take place June 18-29 at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb.  This is the 61st time that the College World Series will be played in Omaha.  The field consists of 64 teams, with 29 conference champions joined by 35 at-large selections.   A total of 16 four-team, double-elimination regionals will be played on the campuses of participating institutions or at neutral sites June 3-6.  Eight two-team super regionals will then be played June 10-13 at campus sites.  The winners advance to the College World Series.  National television coverage of the 2011 College World Series will be provided by ESPN, including the championship series, June 28-29.

 

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