Broncs split with Yale in home openers

Courtesy: Rider Sports Information
Release: March 25, 2017
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Courtesy: Brian David Solomon (Rider University)
LAWRENCEVILLE, NJAmanda Jordan (Somerset, NJ/Franklin Township) went 2-for-2 with a solo home run and Gabby Bram (Jackson, NJ/Red Bank Catholic) added a pair of hits, including a two-run single as the Rider University softball team took Game 1 in a doubleheader split with Yale in its home opener Saturday afternoon. The Broncs took Game 1, 3-1, before falling, 1-0, in eight innings in Game 2 in spite of seven scoreless innings from Delaney DeMello (Roseville, CA/Roseville). With the split, the Broncs move to 3-14, while the Bulldogs are now 5-17. 

Jordan finished the day 3-for-4. Her solo shot down the right field line to lead off the third in Game 1 gave Rider the lead before Bram plated Josettee Spencer (Hillsborough, NJ/Hillsborough) and Toni Nino (Adelanto, CA/Silverado) to stake Rider to a 3-0 lead. Yale got a run back in the fifth and threatened for more with the bases loaded and one out. But Kaitlyn Kallert (Woodland Park, NJ/Passaic Valley) got a pair of strikeouts to end the inning and pitched the final 2.2 innings to earn her first save. Emily Oltman (Collegeville, PA/Perkiomen Valley) got the start and allowed just one run in 4.1 innings pitched.

DeMello and Yale’s Lindsay Efflandt locked up in a pitchers’ duel in Game 2, with the contest going the first seven scoreless. With the international tie-breaker in effect in the eighth, Yale pushed a run across with a bunt and a Camille Weisenbach RBI single through the right side. The Broncs similarly bunted their runner from second to third, but the Efflandt induced a sharp grounder to first and a foul pop to the catcher to end the game. 

“It was finally nice to see pitching, defense and hitting all come together. Amanda Jordan set the tone hitting getting home run. It was really nice to see them come back from Wednesday to finally playing their game.” – Rider Head Coach Jaclyn Timko

• Four Broncs pitchers combined to limit Yale to just two runs, one of which was unearned by virtue of coming in the eighth inning of Game 2 with the international tie-breaker active. 
• Rider won its home opener for the second time in the last three years. The Broncs opened league play at home in 2015, defeating Monmouth as part of a doubleheader split.
• Oltman took the Game 1 win, allowing one run on seven hits and two walks in 4.1 innings pitched. She struck out three. 
• Kallert recorded both of her strikeouts to strand the bases loaded in the fifth, before working two more clean frames to record her first save of the year and the second of her career.
• DeMello was the tough-luck loser in Game 2, allowing just the one unearned run in the eighth. She scattered six hits and two walks in 7.2 innings pitched, while striking out two. She lowered her team-leading ERA to 4.14. 

• Jordan led the Broncs with three hits in four plate appearances. She homered in her first at bat before singling in her next two. She’s now hitting a team-leading .310.
• Bram’s two RBI’s were the first of her career.
• Spencer scored her team-leading seventh run of the season. 
• Nino, Amanda Crimarco (Levittown, NY/Kellenberg), Spencer and Monica Clark (Bryn Mawr, PA/Archbishop Carroll) each added a base hit. Clark’s hit was a double. 

The Broncs return to action tomorrow, when they travel to Penn. First pitch of the doubleheader is slated for 1 p.m.
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