Broncs Welcome NJIT to Campus on Wednesday

Courtesy: Rider Sports Information
         
Release: April 04, 2017
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Courtesy: Peter G. Borg (Rider University)

Game 25 – Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Rider Broncs (9-15, 2-4 MAAC) vs. NJIT Highlanders (3-21, 0-3 A-Sun)
Location:
Lawrenceville, NJ - Sonny Pittaro Field
First Pitch –
3:30 pm
Live Stats: GoBroncs.com
Live Audio: 107.7 FM The Bronc
Twitter: @RiderUBaseball

What You Need to Know
- Rider hosts in-state foe NJIT in non-conference action on Wednesday before heading to Saint Peter’s this weekend for a three-game Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) series versus the Peacocks.  

- Through its first two conference series of the season, the Broncs have posted a 2-4 mark. Most recently, Rider split a doubleheader at Iona on Sunday.  

- Rider is 10-5 all-time versus NJIT. The last time the two squads met, Rider scored a 7-4 victory on the road against the Highlanders in April of 2015.

- 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 2.58 ERA with a team-high 32 strikeouts in 38.1 innings pitched. Out of the bullpen, Josh Sharik has made a team-high 14 appearances and Dylan Simcik leads the team with three wins.

- Midweek starter John Yocum is 1-2 this season with a 7.50 ERA in 24.0 innings of work. He is second on the team with 21 strikeouts this spring. His best start of the year was a 6.1 inning outing at Rutgers in which he fanned a career-high seven hitters.

- Offensively, three Bronc starters are hitting over .300, led by catcher Lee Lipinski at .328. Lipinski has amassed 20 hits and 10 RBIs. Johnson is off to a torrid start, hitting .323 from the leadoff spot to go along with a team-high six doubles and 10 RBIs. He has also created opportunities on the basepaths, stealing eight bases. Tyler Kaiser is the other Bronc hitting over .300, checking in at .300 through 23 games. Kaiser leads the team in RBIs with 17.

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