Rider Hosts Niagara in MAAC Play This Weekend
Games 30, 31 & 32 – Friday, April 14, 2017 & Saturday, April 15, 2017
Rider Broncs (13-16, 5-4 MAAC) vs. Niagara Purple Eagles (17-11, 7-2 MAAC)
Location: Lawrenceville, NJ - Sonny Pittaro Field
First Pitch Game One – Friday at 3:30 pm
First Pitch Game Two – Saturday at noon
First Pitch Game Three – Saturday at 2:30 pm
Live Stats: Game One, Game Two & Game Three
Live Audio: 107.7 FM The Bronc
What You Need to Know
- Rider opens up a four-game homestand this week, welcoming in Wagner on Wednesday in non-conference action before hosting Niagara this weekend for a three-game Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) series.
- Through its first three conference series of the season, the Broncs have posted a 5-4 mark. Most recently, Rider swept a three-game series at Saint Peter’s, outscoring the Peacocks, 50-5. The Broncs have won five straight games overall and four MAAC games in a row.
- Rider is coming off a setback to Wagner on Wednesday. The defeat snapped the Broncs five-game winning streak. However, they have won four conference contests in a row.
- 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 is 3-1 with a 2.44 ERA and a team-high 40 strikeouts in 44.1 innings pitched. Out of the bullpen, Josh Sharik has made a team-high 17 appearances and Dylan Simcik is tied with Margevicius for the team lead in wins with three.
-The Broncs have allowed one run of fewer in three of their last five games.
- Offensively, two Bronc starters are hitting over .300, led by catcher Lee Lipinski at .360. Lipinski has amassed 27 hits, scored 18 runs and registered 17 RBIs. From the leadoff spot, freshman Kyle Johnson is off to a solid start, hitting .287 with a team-high 33 hits and 10 stolen bases. Tyler Kaiser is the other Bronc hitting over .300, checking in at .309 through 28 games. Kaiser leads the team in RBIs with 22.
- On Tuesday, Lipinski was named the MAAC Player of the Week by the league office He hit .600 (6-for-10) as Rider went 4-0. Four of his six hits on the week went for extra-bases including his second home run of the season. He posted a slugging percentage of 1.200 to go along with an impressive .737 on-base percentage. During the week he also stole one base, had six RBIs, scored six runs, had 12 total bases, was hit by three pitches and walked five times. He reached base safely in his eight plate appearances over the course of two games to start the week. His biggest game of the week came against Saint Peter’s when he went 3-for-3 with three runs scored, three RBIs, a double and a home run.
- Also on Tuesday, freshman pitcher John Yocum was tabbed as the MAAC Rookie of the Week as announced by the league office. In two appearances on the bump last week, Yocum tossed eight scoreless and scattered just six hits, while striking out nine hitters without walking any. He opened the week by tossing a scoreless inning in a non-conference win versus NJIT at home. In his MAAC debut over the weekend, he threw a career-best seven scoreless innings and struck out a career-high eight hitters. His strong outing gave him his second win of the season as he scattered five hits in a 7-0 victory at Saint Peter’s. It marked the first start for Yocum where he pitched more than six innings and had a WHIP of lower than 1.00.
- On Monday, sophomore shortstop Richie Tecco was named the College Sports Madness MAAC Player of the week. In three starts last week, Tecco hit .500 (6-for-12) with eight RBIs, two runs scored and two doubles. He registered an impressive .538 on-base percentage in a trio of Rider wins, while stealing a base and racking up a .667 slugging percentage. He had two hits and two or more RBIs in all three of his starts last week for Rider. Defensively, he had a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage thanks to making seven putouts and adding eight assists.
- On Wednesday against Wagner, Rider tied a season-high with four stolen bases. It marked the third straight game in which the Broncs have stolen at least four bases.