Pirate Bats Shut Down by Schank as Butler Beats Seton Hall, 6-2Date: April 8, 2017
SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Big East play has begun as the Seton Hall Pirates (14-13) opened up a three game series against the Butler Bulldogs (20-8) on Friday at Owen T. Carroll Field. The Bulldogs took the first game of the series after outplaying the Pirates on the mound and at the plate, winning with a final score of 6-2.
The Pirates got off on the right foot early on as starting pitcher Zach Prendergast (Horsham, PA.) retired the first nine batters he faced. Butler's starting pitcher, Jeff Schank (Naperville, IL.), matched Prendergast until the bottom of the third when Matt Fortin (Nashua, N.H.) hit an infield single to drive in the first run of the ballgame.
Butler tied it up in the next inning on a Jordan Lucio (Fountain Valley, CA.) sacrifice fly. They added another run the next inning Connor Dall (Winfield, IL.) RBI single to give the Bulldogs a 2-1 lead.
The Bulldogs chased Prendergast out of the game in sixth inning after Gehrig Parker ripped a 2-run triple. He ended up taking his second loss of the season and now has a 4-2 record this season. Matt Leon (Bethlehem, PA.) came in to pitch after and surrendered an RBI single to Michael DiViesti (Arlington Heights, IL.), giving the Bulldogs a 5-1 lead.
Leon was lights out after escaping the sixth, finishing his 2.2 innings effort with five strikeouts. Meanwhile on Butler's side, starter Jeff Schank blanked the Pirates over eight strong innings of one-run ball. He gave up four hits, struck out nine, and earned his fourth win of the season, improving his record to 4-1.
Butler added another run in the ninth on a Tyler Houston (Brownsburg, IN.) RBI double, padding their lead to 6-1. The Pirates rallied for a run in the final inning on a Mike Toke (Three Bridges, N.J.) pinch-hit RBI single. The ballgame ended on a groundout to second.
Big East play continues for these two teams as they meet in the second game of the series at Owen T. Carroll Field tomorrow at 1 PM Eastern Time. That will be the first FM game of the season, which you can listen to by tuning in to 89.5 FM WSOU.