Luders’ career day propels Pirates into Win Over Rider, 6-2

South Orange, NJ – Youth Jonathan Luders (Lynnfield, Mass.) had a career-high four hits, freshman Pat D’Amico (Lynnfield, Mass.) led two-point and junior redshirt Joe Cinella (Mahwah, NJ) struck out four batters and didn’t allow a run in a four-inning start to lead the Seton Hall baseball team to a 6-2 win over Rider Tuesday night at the Mike Sheppard , Sr. Stadium at Owen T Field Carroll.

First-year student Michael Callan Moss (Brooklyn, NY) recorded a career-high three hits and an RBI and senior Blaise Panzini (Spring Lake, NJ) made his first career save and had two strikeouts.

How did it happen

The Pirates sprayed single runs in the second through fifth innings. After Cinnella retired the team in order in the top of the second inning, Junior Marc McNelly (Limerick, Pa.) roped in a two-out double to center field and freshman Jack Wentworth (Wakefield, RI) pushed it on a hit to left field that put the Pirates up 1-0. RBI double by D’Amico at third and McNelly at fourth extended Seton Hall’s lead to 3-0. A stopper round by a freshman Jake Pott (Glen Mills, Pa.) out of the bullpen preceded the bottom of the fifth where another RBI single from D’Amico made the Pirates 4-0.

The Broncs closed with a run in the top of the sixth that made it 4-1, but two insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth, including an RBI single to center field by Moss, gave Seton Hall a little respite before the ninth. .

Despite scoring a run on a sacrificial fly that made it 6-2, Panzini managed to close the gate, retiring the last batter by swinging with the bases loaded.

Inside the box

  • The Pirates racked up 15 hits, their second straight game going at least 15 hits.
  • Seton Hall went 3-for-5 with a runner on third and under two out and 5-for-8 leading an inning.
  • Rider went 2 for 14 against lefties Seton Hall; Cinnella, Potts and freshman Brandon Chorzelewski (Cherry Hill, New Jersey)
  • Five Pirates counted multi-hit games; Luders, D’Amico, Moss, McNelly and senior David Haberman (Morristown, NJ).


The Pirates play their second midweek game tomorrow at 4 p.m. against Lafayette at Mike Sheppard, Sr. Stadium.

Earnest L. Veasey