INSTANT NJ BASEBALL CLASSIC!Date: April 19, 2017
By Ketih Egan
Seton Hall faced off against Rutgers in South Orange which turned into a five-hour classic where the Pirates prevailed in the bottom of the twelfth inning after a Rob Dadona inside-the-park home run.
The game began scoreless through the first couple innings, however in the second, Seton Hall left two men on while Rutgers left the bases loaded.
That trend continued as Seton Hall left another man on base in the third, but in the top half, Rutgers put two across the plate with back to back RBI’s. A fielder’s choice began the scoring, followed by a Matera with a RBI double to left field.
Rutgers continued their scoring when Mike Carter hit a two-run homer to right field.
Seton Hall struck back in the bottom of the fourth however. After Rutgers walked the bases loaded, a Tyler Shedler-Mcavoy triple brought in all three base runners, which was also the Pirates first hit of the game.
The score remained 4-3 Rutgers until the bottom of the sixth when Jackson Martin’s triple brought in a run, and a sacrifice fly off the bat of Joe Poduslenko brought in Martin to take a 5-4 lead.
Rutgers came right back in the top of the seventh with two runs. Kevin Welsh’s double and Jawuan Harris' single gave the Scarlet Knights a 6-5 lead.
Rutgers expanded their lead in the eighth when Matt Fortin attempted to throw out a runner at second, when the base was failed to be covered. The error took place with a runner on third who came down to score and make it 7-5.
The back and forth play continued when Seton Hall tied it in the bottom of the eighth inning when Mike Caputo hit an RBI single into left, followed by an Al Molina RBI single to right-center.
With score tied at seven, Rutgers scored again to begin the ninth. Noah Thompson was on the mound for the Pirates, who balked and brought in the leading run, making it 8-7. Shortly after, Jawuan Harris added to his evening with a double to bring in an insurance run.
The Pirates would not accept defeat however. In the bottom of the ninth, Dadona scored on a walk and tied it up on a fielder’s choice to send the game to extras.
The score remained tied until the bottom of the twelfth when Rob Dadona hit a two-out inside the park home run to take home the win for Seton Hall.
“I just tried to keep it the same, not make the situation too much bigger than it is, just try to get on, try to get in scoring position,” Dadona said after the game. “I was running to third… and I saw the entire dugout waving me on and I was like 'alright let's go for it' and it’s just an unbelievable feeling.”
With the win, the Pirates took both games against Rutgers on the year after they defeated Rutgers away yesterday.
Seton Hall looks to keep the momentum rolling when the Pirates host Georgetown at 6 pm on Friday in the opener of a crucial BIG EAST series. Tune to WSOU.net for the call.