Jan. 31, 2014
MAPLEWOOD, N.J.- On Thursday, January 30, the Seton Hall baseball team in conjunction with the Pirate Blue Athletic Fund hosted its first annual First Pitch Dinner at Maplewood Country Club.
The event was a celebration of Seton Hall baseball past and present as several former Pirates spanning multiple decades attended the season-opening gala. Among those in attendance were two members of the 1964 College World Series Seton Hall baseball team, John Monteleone and John Sielski.
"This event is a nice opportunity to recognize some very important individuals in our program's past and take a look our current roster for the upcoming season," said Head Coach Rob Sheppard. "We have a very young, but talented team this year and I hope they listen to the advice of those who came before them, many of which are in this room tonight."
Sheppard took the time to introduce his 2014 team and asked his four seniors, John Beaubien (Livingston, N.J.), Dillon Hamlin (Colts Neck, N.J.), Josh Prevost (Belle Mead, N.J.) and Chris Selden (Allenhurst, N.J.), to stand individually and be recognized. He also took the time to acknowledge a number of alum in the room, including all five members of last year's team who went on to play professional baseball for Major League Baseball minor league teams this past summer, Brian Gilbert, Zack Granite, Giuseppe Papaccio, John Prosinski and Greg Terhune.
Mike Sheppard, Sr., Rob's father and former head coach of the Seton Hall baseball team for 31 years, addressed the crowd and left to a standing ovation from the Pirate faithful.
Finally, John Morris took to the podium to close the event. Morris is currently the special assistant to the general manager of the Cincinnati Reds and was an All-American baseball player for Seton Hall in 1982. The former Pirate great shared a few anecdotes about his seven year in Major League Baseball and offered advice and best wishes to the current team.
Seton Hall will begin the 2014 campaign on Friday, February 14 for the first of three games at the University of Oklahoma. First pitch is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. ET. @SHUBaseball via twitter will provide close coverage throughout the games on the road.