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Pirates open BIG EAST tournament against St. John’s

Providence, RI – The reigning champions are back. The Pirates travel to Providence this week to try to capture a second straight title at the BIG EAST Tournament, a quest that begins with a showdown against St. John’s on Wednesday at noon. With a win, the fourth-seeded Pirates would advance to play No. 1 seed Villanova on Thursday at noon. A loss would mean Seton Hall would play an elimination game against the loser of the game between No. 3 Creighton and No. 6 Butler on Wednesday at 6 p.m.

BIG EAST POST SEASON PRICES ANNOUNCED

Katey Brennan (Yardley, Pennsylvania) was named BIG EAST Freshman of the Year on Tuesday, becoming the second Pirate in three years and the third Seton Hall player overall to win the award (Taylor Hill ’22, Alexis Walkden ’15). Brennan was second on the team with a .363 batting average in BIG EAST play while leading the team in RBI (21) and hits (29) against league opponents. Brennan ranked in the top 10 in the conference in hits, RBI, doubles and total bases. In Brennan’s 89 plate appearances in BIG EAST games, she struck out just eight times.

For the second year in a row, the Pirates named three players to the All-BIG EAST First Team. Freshman of the Year Brennan joined at first baseman Olivia Gilbert (Johnston, RI) and jug/utility Kelsey Carr (Ridgewood, NY) in the team. It marks the first time in program history that the Pirates have had three players on the First Team in consecutive seasons. Carr, who was named to the First Team in 2023 after winning BIG EAST Pitcher of the Year, became the first Pirate to land on the First Team in consecutive seasons since Danielle DeStaso in 2014-15.



NEWS & NOTES

  • The Pirates are looking for their fourth BIG EAST Tournament title and are looking to go back-to-back for just the second time in program history (2004 and 2005).
  • Kelsey Carrs no-hitter on April 23 was the 22NL in program history and it had been almost a year since the last no-no was thrown by a pirate (Shelby Smith on April 22, 2023 in Providence).
  • Carr also raised her 100e single of his career last week, hitting an RBI single in game one of Wednesday’s doubleheader at Army.
  • Taylor Hill moves closer to breaking the single-season record for points scored for the second consecutive season. Hill has crossed the mark 47 times so far in 2024, closing in on her record of 48 runs from last season. Hill’s 0.98 runs per game is the highest in the BIG EAST at 42NL in the country.
  • Seton Hall owns the best fielding percentage in the country at .984. The Pirates have committed just 22 errors in 1,381 chances so far this season.
  • Olivia Gilbert was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on Monday after hitting .625 in last weekend’s series win against DePaul.
  • Taylor Hill raised her 150e career hit earlier this season and also became just the fifth in program history to surpass the 40 double mark. Hill’s .347 career batting average is the third highest in program history.
  • The Pirates have won at least 10 BIG EAST games in consecutive seasons for the first time since 2004-05.
  • Seton Hall will finish with an overall record above .500 in consecutive seasons for the first time since 2005-06.
  • The Pirates have won 47 of their last 48 games when they scored six or more points.
  • Caye’s walk-off home run against UIC on March 2 was the first non-run walk-off home run for the Pirates since Baylee Allender hit one against Georgetown on April 6, 2019.
  • For Caye, it was her first home run since April 16, 2022 against Georgetown.
  • The Pirates were picked to finish third in the preseason BIG EAST poll, behind second-place UConn and first-place Villanova. Seton Hall finished third in the rankings last year.
  • Seton Hall will be tasked with replacing several key producers from last year’s roster. Centerfielder and last year team leader in batting average Abby Wingosecond baseman Ashly Colonnettaand left fielder Marisa Pla all graduated with reserves Grace Dawson, Ally Taylor And Jordan Tressler. Pitcher Shelby Smith, who was named the BIG EAST Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player, transferred to Houston. Catcher Regan Rand has also transferred to Division-II Indiana (Pa.).
  • The Hall welcomes a pair of freshmen to the 2024 roster. Outfielder Katey Brennan and pitcher Karissa Dupuis will both make important contributions to South Orange in the coming season.
  • The Pirates earned several All-BIG EAST awards at the end of the 2023 season. Kelsey Carr was named BIG EAST Pitcher of the Year, Abby Wingo was named Defensive Player of the Year and the coaching staff was led by Angie Churchill was named BIG EAST Coaching Staff of the Year. Carr, Wingo and Shelby Smith were all named to the All-BIG EAST First Team, with Carr being a unanimous selection.
  • Carr is the first Pirate pitcher to be named BIG EAST Pitcher of the Year. The junior led the league in ERA (1.82), reaching that number after 61.2 innings of work. Carr allowed more than two earned runs in a start only twice during BIG EAST play.
  • Carr was one of only two players in the country last season to finish with an ERA under 2.00, hit more than 10 home runs and drive in more than 50 runs (Valerie Cagle, Clemson).
  • Wingo was the first Pirate to receive Defensive Player of the Year honors. The senior had a perfect fielding percentage of 1.000 in 31 opportunities in center field. Wingo had the third-highest number of chances among BIG EAST outfielders and had the most chances among center fielders in the league.
  • Abby Wingo set new single-season records in hits (71) and longest hitting streak (19 games) last season. Her .397 average led the club, and she only managed a single twice in consecutive games all year.
  • Seton Hall’s 18 BIG EAST wins last season were a new program record, and the team’s 42 wins are among the second-most in program history (46, 2004).
  • Seton Hall’s win over Villanova on day two of the BIG EAST tournament was its 40the win of the season, reaching that plateau for only the second time in program history. Entering the year, Seton Hall had not won 30 games in a season since 2005.
  • The Pirates finished with an overall record above .500 for the first time since 2006, as they finished 29-27.