Seton Hall Defeats Rutgers, 6-1 in Opening Round of Baseball Championship

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CLEARWATER, Fla. - Leftfielder Scott Kalamar went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and starting pitcher Jon Prosinski worked six strong innings as Seton Hall took a 6-1 win against Rutgers in the opening game of the 2012 BIG EAST Baseball Championship Wednesday morning at Bright House Field.

The Pirates (34-22), seeded No. 3 in the eight-team field, will await the winner of Wednesday's second game between Notre Dame and St. John's in a winners' bracket game Thursday at 1 p.m. Rutgers (31-24), the No. 6 seed, will face the loser of the Notre Dame-St. John's matchup in an elimination game Thursday at 10 a.m.

The win was the fifth straight victory in the BIG EAST Championship for the Pirates, who won four games on their way to the 2011 title.

Kalamar had a single in the second inning, a two-run double in the third and a base hit in the fifth inning to finish with three of the Pirates' 13 hits. Prosinski, who was named an All-BIG EAST First Team selection Tuesday night, scattered seven hits - all singles - and struck out four to improve his record to 9-3.

Kalamar's two-run double with two outs in the third broke open what had been a 1-1 game and gave the Pirates a 3-1 cushion. Kalamar came home when third-baseman Kyle Grimm followed with a base hit, giving Seton Hall a 4-1 lead.

Pirate catcher Dillon Hamlin made it 5-1 when he greeted relief pitcher Dan O'Neill with a home run to leftfield to lead off the bottom of the sixth. Shortstop Giuseppe Papaccio's RBI single in the eighth inning gave the Pirates a 6-1 lead, which proved to be plenty as Henry Warner worked three shutout innings of relief to pick up his first save of the year.

Rutgers threatened in the top of the ninth inning, loading the bases on a base hit, a fielding error and a walk, but Patrick Kivlehan's warning-track shot to left was snagged by Kalamar to end the game.

Seton Hall received two-hit performances by Hamlin, Papaccio and second-baseman Mike Genovese. Rutgers finished with eight hits - including a combined six from the top two batters in the order, centerfielder Brian O'Grady and second-baseman Nick Favatella, who were both 3-for-5. Tyler Gebler took the loss for the Scarlet Knights, falling to 3-5 after he allowed four runs on nine hits in five innings.


2012 BIG EAST Baseball Championship Schedule

Wednesday, May 23
(Live video on www.bigeastbaseball.com)
Game 1 - No. 3 Seton Hall 6, No. 6 Rutgers 1
Game 2 - No. 7 Notre Dame (29-25) vs. No. 2 St. John's (33-21), 1 p.m.
Game 3 - No. 8 Pittsburgh (28-26) vs. No. 1 Louisville (38-18), 5 p.m.
Game 4 - No. 5 Connecticut (29-25-1) vs. No. 4 USF (34-20), 8 p.m.

Thursday, May 24
(Live video on www.bigeastbaseball.com)
Game 5 - Rutgers (31-24) vs. Loser of Game 2, 10 a.m.
Game 6 - Seton Hall (34-22) vs. Winner of Game 2, 1 p.m.
Game 7 - Loser of Game 3 vs. Loser of Game 4, 5 p.m.
Game 8 - Winner of Game 3 vs. Winner of Game 4, 8 p.m.

Friday, May 25
(Live video on www.bigeastbaseball.com)
Game 9 - Loser of Game 6 vs. Winner of Game 5, 4 p.m.
Game 10 - Loser of Game 8 vs. Winner of Game 7, 7 p.m.

Saturday, May 26
(Live video on www.bigeastbaseball.com)
Game 11 - Winner of Game 6 vs. Winner of Game 9, 10 a.m.
Game 12 - Winner of Game 8 vs. Winner of Game 10, 1 p.m.
Game 13 - Loser of Game 11 vs. Winner of Game 11, 5 p.m. (if necessary)
Game 14 - Loser of Game 12 vs. Winner of Game 12, 6:30 p.m. or 8 p.m.
(if necessary; game would be at 6:30 if Game 13 is not necessary, 8 p.m. otherwise)


(live televisioSunday, May 27 - Championship gamen on ESPNU)
Game 15 - Winner of Group 1 vs. Winner of Group 2, Noon

All times Eastern