Lipinski and Kaiser Power Broncs Past Peacocks in MAAC Play

Courtesy: Rider Sports Information
         
Release: April 08, 2017
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Courtesy: Claire Leger
JERSEY CITY, NJ – Seniors Lee Lipinski (Glen Arm, MD/Calvert Hall) and Tyler Kaiser (Moorestown, NJ/Moorestown) combined to go 7-for-8 with six runs scored and four RBIs as the Rider University baseball team routed Saint Peter’s, 15-1, on Saturday afternoon in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) action at Jaroschak Field. The Broncs (11-15, 3-4 MAAC) scored their third straight victory, while the Peacocks (0-12, 0-4 MAAC) suffered their 12th consecutive setback.

Rider jumped out to an earlier 8-0 lead after three innings thanks in part to a five-run outburst in the top of the third and never looked back. After Saint Peter’s got on the board in the home half of the fifth, the Broncs answered with four runs in the sixth to create some breathing room. The guests would add two insurance runs in the seventh before capping the scoring in the eighth with one run courtesy of a Saint Peter’s fielding miscue.

Offensively, Lipinski led the charge with three hits and three RBIs, highlighted by smacking his second home run of the season in the third. Kaiser continued his strong play in league action, smacking three or more hits for the second MAAC game in a row. Richie Tecco (Drexel Hill, PA/Monsignor Bonner) and Mike Volaski (Oxnard, CA/Ventura CC/Oxnard) were the other Broncs with multi-hit games as each smacked two hits.

On the mound, junior southpaw Nick Margevicius (North Royalton, OH/Saint Ignatius) tossed six innings and allowed just one earned run to pick up his third win of the season. Margevicius surrendered 11 hits and struck out eight batters without a walk. It was his best strikeout-to-walk ratio this season. In relief, Jordan Silverman ( closed things out, tossing the final three innings to earn his first save of the season. Silverman did not allow a hit and struck out a season-high five hitters.

NOTES & QUOTES
“It was a good win,” Rider Head Coach Barry Davis said. “Margevicius wasn’t at his best, but battled through six.”

“We put together quality at-bats throughout the day,” Davis added. “Lee had a big home run to give us some separation at 5-0 in the third.”

“Silverman pitched a solid three innings in relief,” Davis noted. “It will help us out tomorrow when we most likely will need our pen.”

- Last season, Rider took two-of-three from the Peacocks in Lawrenceville to close out the regular season. The Broncs have won six of their last seven games against Saint Peter’s.
- It was the most lopsided loss for the Peacocks in 2017, while it was the largest margin of victory this spring for the Broncs. 
- Five Broncs scored two or more runs on the day and four had multi-hit games.

BRONCS BY THE NUMBERS
- The save was the first of Silverman’s career. Entering the day, he had 16 career strikeouts and he fanned a career-best in his three-inning outing. 
- In his last two conference games, Kaiser is 7-for-8 with five runs scored and two RBIs. He also now leads the team with 18 RBIs this spring. 
- Lipinski’s week is off to a hot start, in a pair of Rider wins he is 5-for-5 with five RBIs, three runs scored and two walks.

ON DECK
Rider and Saint Peter’s conclude a three-game weekend series on Sunday, April 9, with a doubleheader that is set to get underway at 12:00 pm from Jaroschak Field. 
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