Rider Hosts Delaware & Delaware State This Week
Games 21 & 22 – Tuesday, March 28, 2017 & Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Liberty Bell Classic
Rider Broncs (8-12, 1-2 MAAC) vs. Delaware Blue Hens (12-9, 1-2 CAA)
Rider Broncs (8-12, 1-2 MAAC) vs. Delaware State Hornets (7-12, 3-3 MEAC)
Location: Lawrenceville, NJ - Sonny Pittaro Field
First Pitch – vs. Delaware: Tuesday at 3:30 pm
First Pitch – vs. Delaware State: Wednesday at 3:30 pm
Live Stats: Available at GoBroncs.com Delaware Game & Delaware State Game
Live Audio: 107.7 FM The Bronc
- Rider opened up its Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) slate last weekend with a three-game series against Fairfield. The visiting Stags took two of three from the Broncs.
- Earlier this season, the Broncs topped Delaware State, 4-2, in a neutral-site clash as part of the Bob Hannah Invitational. In the win, Rider pushed across two runs in the eighth inning to break a 2-2 tie. Senior catcher Lee Lipinski delivered what proved to be the game-winning RBI with a single to left field.
- Delaware and Rider split two games earlier this season in Newark, DE. The Broncs took the opener, 4-3, and the Blue Hens won the finale, 8-5. In the victory, both Harrison McClure and junior infielder Christian Estevez went 2-for-4 with an RBI.
- For the first time in program history, the Broncs played a game in the state of New Jersey in the month of February, defeating Lafayette, 2-0, at home.
- During the team’s 10-day spring-break trip, Rider took two of three from Georgia and split a series at Campbell.
- Earlier this season, freshman second basemen Kyle Johnson was honored as College Sports Madness MAAC Player of the Week. It marked the first time in Johnson’s young career that he has earned recognition for his play on the field.
- The same week that Johnson earned his accolade; junior starting pitcher Nick Margevicius was named the MAAC Pitcher of the Week. It marked the first time this spring that Margevicius has earned the accolade and the second time in his career. As a freshman during the spring of 2015 he was once tabbed as the MAAC Rookie of the Week.
- This season, Margevicius has amassed a 1.69 ERA with 27 strikeouts in 32.0 innings pitched. The only Bronc with a lower ERA is closer Andrew Tumbelty. In 8.1 innings of work, Tumbelty has a 1.08 ERA and five strikeouts to go along with two saves. Out of the bullpen, Josh Sharik has made a team-high 12 appearances and Dylan Simcik leads the team with three wins.
- In his last start, freshman John Yocum tossed 6.1 innings and allowed two earned runs in a victory against Rutgers. It was the first win of Yocum’s young career. The first-year hurler also struck out a career-high seven batters.
- Offensively, three Bronc starters are hitting over .300, led by catcher Lee Lipinski at .367. Lipinski has amassed 18 hits and 10 RBIs. He also leads the team in doubles with four and slugging percentage at .510. Johnson is off to a torrid start, hitting .308 from the leadoff spot to go along with six extra-base hits and eight RBIs. He has also created opportunities on the basepaths, stealing seven bases. Mike Volaski is the other Bronc hitting over .300, checking in at .304 through 20 games.