LIVINGSTON, NJ - The Livingston Lancers baseball team fell to the Seton Hall Prep Pirates, 10-6, on a chilly Monday afternoon at Livingston High School. 

Both Seton Hall (9-0) and Livingston (2-5) had hot starts as the Pirates opened the game with three runs off Lancer starting pitcher Luke Rodino.  The Pirates leadoff hitter Nick Mascelli opened the game with a single and stole second, later scoring off Prep catcher, Pat Gardner’s sac fly.

In the bottom half of the inning, the Lancers worked off small ball as senior starters Brett Birnbaum, Evan Miles, Alex Haberman, Doug Bresnick, Justin Tepper, and Anthony Cilenti all singled. Mike Botti contributed with a long sac fly, as the Lancers were able to score five runs in the frame.

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Lancer ace, Luke Rodino was able to settle himself after the tough first inning until the Pirates got to him in the fourth.

Frank Maldando, the Pirates center fielder who was a perfect 4-for-4 in the game, led off with a line drive up the middle which gave the Pirates some needed momentum. The Pirates were able to score three runs in the inning and took the 8-5 lead.

Lancer sophomore Tyler Zuppa came on in relief, holding the Pirates to one run over the 2.2 innings he pitched.

In the bottom of the 6th, with the score 9-6 in favor of the Pirates, Prep reliever Mike Winschuh hit two batters and allowed a single to Nick Striglia. This loaded the bases, however and the Lancers failed to score any runs.

Livingston also failed to score in the seventh, dropping their sixth game of the year.

Poor defense played a huge part to the Livingston loss, as the Lancers committed six errors in the game.

“We came out firing on all cylinders, but as the game progressed our defense became poor,”  Starting senior third baseman Doug Bresnick said. “It’s a tough one, but we got to come out stronger next game.”

The Pirates starting pitcher Michael Sgaramella earned his second victory of the season, allowing three earned runs in 5.1 innings.  The Pirates are looking to improve to 10-0 when they play Nutley at home on Wednesday.

The Lancers look to pick up their third win of the season against West Essex on Wednesday.