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Baseball, By the Numbers

Data analytics play a critical role in an ever-increasing segment of people’s lives, and baseball is no exception. Brought to the public’s attention through Michael Lewis’s 2003 bestselling book, Moneyball, later made into a movie starring Brad Pitt, baseball analytics have been a part of Seton Hall since the late 1980s. For John Saccoman, professor of mathematics and computer science, his interest in both statistics and by playing baseball converged in the 1970s with a regular game of Strat-OMatic, a dice baseball game he took up with his cousin that they still play online to this day. The interest sustained Saccoman for nearly 50 years; he’s taught classes on it and co-authored three books on the subject with Michael Huber and Father Gabriel Costa, an innovator in the field in his own right. Seton Hall editor Pegeen Hopkins spoke with Saccoman recently to learn more.

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3 on 3

By Shawn Fury In a stellar college basketball career that included stops at Duke, Virginia Tech and Seton Hall, Azana Baines has used plenty of one-on-one skills during five-on-five contests. At practice and in pickup games, she worked hard in two-on-two battles. But last summer, Baines expanded her game by playing in competitive three-on-three tournaments…

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Scores of Magic

By Shawn Fury As Natalie Tavana tallied clutch goal after clutch goal last season for the women’s soccer team, Seton Hall’s social media accounts gave her a nickname befitting someone who conjured up scores whenever the Pirates needed them. “The Magician gets number 9,” read the team’s Twitter feed when Tavana scored against St. John’s…

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Ministry of Love

By Anthony D’Angelico Students and alumni know the words in the Seton Hall University seal: Hazard Zet Forward. Jennifer Nelson ’03/M.A.’08, founder of a global prayer card ministry, is the definition of the motto: Whatever the peril, ever forward. Nelson attended Seton Hall during a tumultuous time — she is a survivor of the 2000…

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