Weekly Roundup: Pirates Sweep Wildcats

Week of 4/23 (3-1)

The Seton Hall baseball team rounded out their week of action with an 11-2 victory over Villanova on Sunday to bring their weekly record to 3-1.

Billy Layne Jr., fired six strong innings on Sunday to go along with nine strikeouts. (SHU Athletics)

After stumbling through Wednesday’s non-conference matchup with NJIT, the Pirates rebounded with a three-game series sweep of the Villanova Wildcats. The conference series sweep was the second consecutive for The Hall and improved their Big East record to 8-1, the program’s best conference schedule start since 1989.  The sweep was also the Pirates’ fifth sweep of the Wildcats in six seasons. In the three game set, the Seton Hall managed to outscore Villanova 21-5.

Casey Dana powered his fifth home run in Sunday’s 11-2 victory. (SHU Athletics)

“That’s what we call ‘linking up’ our lineup,” coach Rob Sheppard said. “If we’re able to hit one through nine, we’re going to have a lot more success. There’s opportunities throughout the lineup and it’s good to see guys taking advantage of it.”

The key for Seton Hall so far in-conference has been the team’s stellar pitching. The Pirates have held the opposing team to three runs or less in five of the team’s last six Big East matchups. As a team, the Pirates have a lowly 1.89 ERA through nine conference games.

Including his six shutout innings on Saturday, DeVito hasn’t allowed a run in his last 14 innings pitched. (SHU Athletics)

“It starts with the starting pitching,” Sheppard said. “Our starters have done a really good job of keeping us in the game and giving us quality starts with the guys out of the bullpen being really good. The combination of starting pitching and guys coming out of the bullpen have really given us a boost towards our success this early.”

Looking forward the Pirates will play Saint Peters in a midweek match-up at home before hitting the road to take on the Creighton Blue Jays in Omaha, Neb.





4/24                                                                              vs NJIT                                                                         L 10-4

4/27                                                                           vs Villanova                                                                     W 8-2

4/28                                                                           vs Villanova                                                                      W 2-1

4/29                                                                           vs Villanova                                                                    W 11-2