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BIG EAST Championships



Led by a trio of future major leaguers, Seton Hall University captured its first BIG EAST Baseball Championship in 1987. The Pirates won three-straight games to win the conference tournament, defeating Villanova University, 10-9, in the championship game. Maurice Vaughn was named the championship's Most Valuable Player, after batting .500 (6-for-12) with seven runs scored and seven RBIs during the title run.


Seton Hall captured its second BIG EAST Championship with a 5-2 win over Virginia Tech in 2001. It was the second-straight win over the Hokies, as the Pirates also defeated them 5-0 in the BIG EAST semifinals. Reliever Isaac Pavlik earned BIG EAST Championship Most Outstanding Player honors after picking up a pair of saves in the tournament, including closing out the win over Virginia Tech by striking out the side in the ninth inning.


A decade after its last BIG EAST Championship the baseball team returned to the top of the conference by winning its third BIG EAST title in 2011. For the first time in team history Seton Hall won four-straight games to capture the BIG EAST, after needing just three wins in 1987 and 2001. The Pirates defeated St. John's University 4-2 in the championship game with the tournament's Most Outstanding Player Joe DiRocco receiving the start and throwing six innings to pick up the win. DiRocco was also the winner as Seton Hall defeated West Virginia, 10-4, in the first round of the championship.


The Seton Hall men's basketball team won its first BIG EAST Tournament championship in 1991 with a 74-62 victory over Georgetown. Tournament Most Valuable Player Oliver Taylor scored 15 points against Georgetown after pouring in 25 in the win over Villanova in the semifinals. Anthony Avent was also named to the All-Tournament Team and Terry Dehere led the Pirates with 16 points in the championship tilt.



Playing as the conference's top seed, the Seton Hall men's basketball team won its second BIG EAST Championship in three seasons with a 103-70 win over third-seed Syracuse in the 1993 conference title game. Terry Dehere was named the tournament Most Valuable Player after scoring 68 points in three tournament games, including 17 in the championship win. Arturas Karnishovas and Jerry Walker joined Dehere on the All-Tournament Team.


Seton Hall broke through for its first BIG EAST Men's Golf Championship in 1992. The Pirates landed four in the tournament's top-10 performers and combined to shoot a two-round score of 622, edging Connecticut and Providence by a single stroke. Jim Engler led the way for Seton Hall finishing the championship ranked sixth overall, firing a 152 (77-75).


A record-breaking performance resulted in Seton Hall's second BIG EAST Men's Golf title in 2000. With Eugene Smith shooting a one-under par 141 (69-72) to take top individual honors, Seton Hall posted a team score of 580, which set a new conference championship record. Brian McGowan also finished in the top-10, tying for third place with a two-over par 144 (73-71).


The Seton Hall men's soccer team began what turned into a dominating run by winning the first of what would become three-straight BIG EAST Championships in 1986. The Pirates defeated Syracuse University, 3-2, in the championship game, with Ian Hennessy picking up BIG EAST Tournament Most Outstanding Player honors.


With Ian Hennessy leading the way once again, Seton Hall repeated as BIG EAST Champions by defeating host University of Connecticut in the 1987 conference championship match. Hennessy earned BIG EAST Tournament Most Outstanding Player accolades for the second-straight season, finishing the year with 14 goals and six assists. He was the unanimous selection for the conference championship Player of the Year during both seasons.


Seton Hall made it a BIG EAST Championship hat trick in 1988, winning its third-straight conference title. With a new head coach in Manfred Schellscheidt, the Pirates picked up right where they left off under Ed Kelly, defeating Georgetown University 2-0 in the conference semifinals and the University of Connecticut, 4-2, in the championship game.


Three years after its BIG EAST Championship three-peat, Seton Hall returned to the top of the league and picked up its fourth conference title. This time it was All-American Gerson Echeverry leading the charge as he picked up BIG EAST Tournament Most Outstanding Player honors. The Pirates defeated Villanova, 4-0, in the conference semifinals before beating St. John's, 1-0, in the championship tilt.


The Seton Hall softball team captured its first BIG EAST title and the first of back-to-back conference crowns with a 5-2 win over Notre Dame in the 2004 BIG EAST Championship game. After the Fighting Irish came back to tie the game at 2-2 in the bottom of the seventh the Pirates hung three runs on the board in the eighth and tournament Most Outstanding Player Megan Meyer preserved the win by throwing a scoreless eighth. Meyer picked up three wins and allowed just one earned run in 18.2 innings at the tournament.


Behind yet another dominating pitching performance from Megan Meyer the Seton Hall softball team repeated as BIG EAST Champions in 2005, outlasting Notre Dame 2-1 in 11 innings in the title game. Neither team scored until the 11th when shortstop Katie Pierce drove in the game-winning run. Meyer allowed just one earned run over 11 innings en route to being named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player accolades for the second-straight season.


The Seton Hall men's track & field team won the first of back-to-back BIG EAST Indoor Championships in 1981. Led by Derrick Peynado, who was named the meet's Most Outstanding Performer, the Pirates took first place in four events. Peynado won the 500-meter run and teamed with Washington Nijiri, Linval Francis and Michael Paul to capture the 4x400-meter relay title. Paul also took the top spot in the 400-meter dash while Brian Jennings won the 800-meter and Bob Balcerski finished first in the long jump.


Seton Hall won its second-straight BIG EAST Indoor Championship in 1982, led once again by SHU Athletics Hall of Famer Derrick Peynado. Peynado repeated as the conference 500-meter run champion and anchored the squad's first-place 4x400-meter relay team, racing alongside Brian Denman, Linval Francis and Washington Nijiri. Anthony Phillip also contributed a first-place showing by winning the long jump.


Seton Hall continued its dominant run at the BIG EAST Indoor Championships by capturing its third crown in four seasons in 1984. The Pirates did so by once again winning the 500-meter run and 4x400-meter relay, but there were some new faces standing at the top of the podium for The Hall. Patrick Nwanko won the 500-meter and he teamed with Moses Ugbisie, Andrew Valmon and Mitchell Banks to win the program's third 4x400-meter indoor title. Ugbisie also finished first in the 400-meter dash and Paul Brown won the 300-meter dash title.


Nine years removed from its last BIG EAST Indoor Championship, the Pirates returned to top form in 1993 to capture the program's fourth conference indoor title. With Kevin Lyles being named the 1993 BIG EAST Indoor Championship's Most Outstanding Track Performer, Seton Hall won three events. Lyles finished the meet as the 400-meter dash champion and ran the second leg of the first-place 4x400-meter relay team, along with Jon Copeland, Bill Mobley and Albert Royster. Mobley also came in first in the 500-meter run.



Led by Flirtisha Harris' incredible meet, the Seton Hall University women's track & field team captured the 1994 BIG EAST Indoor Championship. Harris was named the Most Outstanding Track Performer at the championship, finishing first in four events while setting a pair of meet records. Her BIG EAST Indoor Championship meet marks came in the 55-meter dash (6.87) and the 200-meter dash (23.44), and she also won the 400-meter dash and was on the Pirates' first place 4x400-meter relay team along with Veronica Harris, Julia Sandiford and Keisha Caine. Shermaine Ross rounded out SHU's first-place finishers, winning the 500-meter run.



Seton Hall University women's track & field team won the 1994 BIG EAST Outdoor Championship through a combination of dominant performances on the track and in field events. Shana Williams finished first in the high jump and the long jump, setting a meet record of 21-feet-nine-inches in the latter. Flirtisha Harris won the 100-meter and 200-meter dash titles and ran on the first-place 4x400-meter relay team with Keisha Caine, Shermaine Ross and Williams. Barbara Bator, Tasha Boston, Julia Sandiford and Kirsten Walther won the 4x800-relay and Natasha Reynolds came in first in the 400-meter hurdles.