The Seton Hall University Pirates will commence their 2014 regular season with a three-game series at Oklahoma from February 14-16. The Pirates will host Lehigh at Owen T. Carroll for their 2014 home opener on February 26, the first time in over 25 years that the home opener will take place in the month of February.
Typically, schools in the northeastern region of the country play the majority of their early season games on the road, which is why the Pirates will play 13 of their first 14 games away from home.
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The high volume of early season road games may very well be an advantage for Seton Hall, as the Pirates captured 18 road victories last season, the fifth most in the nation. The Pirates will also be riding a nine-game road winning streak heading into 2014.
For the Pirates, their season-opening series against the Sooners may serve as their biggest matchup of the season. Oklahoma is coming off of a season that saw the Sooners capture the Big 12 championship and a Super Regional berth. Previously, the two teams have never met.
“It’s going to be a really competitive conference,” head coach Rob Sheppard said. “It is reminiscent of how the old Big East started with a smaller number of similar schools seeing each other more regularly. I think the addition of Creighton brings a little more national feel to the conference, and that’ll be enjoyable for our kids and fans.”
Going forward, the Pirates will be without offensive stalwarts Zack Granite and Giuseppe Papaccio, but Sal Annunziata, Chris Seldon, and Zack Weigel should bolster a talented lineup. As for pitching, the Pirates lost their staff ace in Jon Prosinski and primary closer Brian Gilbert to professional ball. Despite the losses, the staff should be in good hands, as the big right-hander Josh Prevost will help lead the rotation along with Anthony Ella and Jose Lopez.
After turning in a solid season in 2013 that saw Seton Hall win 37 games and finish runner-up in the Big East standings, the Pirates will look to win their fourth conference championship and first since 2011, as well as earn a regional berth in the NCAA Tournament.