Rider Ends Spring Break Trip With Setback at Radford

Courtesy: Rider Sports Information
Release: March 19, 2017
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Courtesy: Peter G. Borg (Rider University)
RADFORD, VA – The Rider University baseball team closed out a 10-day road trip with an 11-5 setback against Radford on Sunday afternoon at the Radford Baseball Stadium. The Broncs (6-10) suffered their third straight loss, while the Highlanders (8-11) scored their fifth consecutive victory at home.

Rider jumped out to an early 4-0 advantage thanks to plating two runs in both the first and second innings. The hosts would answer with a pair in the home half of the third to cut the deficit in half before erupting for six runs in the sixth.

The Broncs opened the scoring courtesy of a two-out, two-run homer to right by sophomore Riley Mihalik (Churchville, PA/Chestnut Hill Academy). The guests would add a pair of runs in the second thanks to a two-run double to right center by Dalton Mayberry (Chadds Ford, PA/Marist College/Cumberland CC/Garnet Valley).

Trailing 5-2 in the sixth, Radford scored six runs on eight hits and took advantage of one Rider error. The Highlanders were not done as they would tack on three insurance runs in an inning later to cap the scoring in the contest.

Offensively Mayberry led the charge for the Broncs, going 3-for-5 with two RBIs, two doubles and a run scored. Mihalik was the other Rider player with a multi-hit game, going 2-for-5 with two runs scored, two RBIs and two extra-base hits.

On the mound, Paul Sparano (Ewing, NJ/Ewing) got the start for Rider and he got a no-decision. Sparano tossed five innings and scattered five hits, while striking out four hitters and allowing two earned runs. Josh Sharik (Ewing, NJ/Plumstead Christian School) was saddled with the loss for the Broncs. Sharik went 1.0 innings, allowed three runs on five hits. 

“We found a new way to lose one today,” Rider Head Coach Barry Davis said. “We had a 5-2 lead in the bottom of the sixth and our bullpen failed to handle it. Paul threw well over the first five innings for us and it was his best start of the year, which is very encouraging for him.”

“We made a few mental errors, which didn’t aid our cause,” Davis added. “It was a good trip overall. We have lots of work to do and plenty to build on.”

- Mihalik’s homer was his second of the season. He now has six RBIs on the spring and he is tied for the team lead with five extra-base hits. 
- Sharik is now 0-3 on the season with a 5.25 ERA in 12 innings pitched. He has made a team-high nine appearances out of the bullpen.
- The multi-hit game was the first of the season for Mayberry. Entering the game he has one RBI and he doubled up his season total with the two-bagger to right center in the second. 

- Rider was swept in the three-game series by Radford. The Highlanders outscored the Broncs, 32-6, over the three games. 
- Earlier this week, Kyle Johnson was named the College Sports Madness MAAC Player of the Week. Also, junior lefty Nick Margevicius was tabbed as the MAAC Pitcher of the Week.

Rider returns to the Garden State to face Rutgers on Wednesday, March 22. The Broncs will travel to face the Scarlet Knights with the first pitch slated for 3:00 pm. 
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