Broncs Blanked on the Road by Canisius

Courtesy: Rider Sports Information
Release: April 23, 2017
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Courtesy: Peter G. Borg (Rider University)

BUFFALO, NY – The Rider University baseball team closed out a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) weekend series versus Canisius on Sunday afternoon with a 9-0 setback at the Demske Sports Complex. The Broncs (16-19-1, 8-7 MAAC) having now dropped three straight league contests and suffered their first series sweep of the spring, while the Golden Griffins (23-15, 7-5 MAAC) have now won five of their last six.

A trio of Canisius pitchers held Rider to just six hits on the day and blanked the Broncs for the second consecutive game. The Griffs got off to a quick start, plating two runs in the home half of the first. After adding an insurance run in the fourth, the hosts scored in their final three plate appearances to put the contest out of reach.

Offensively, senior infielder Mike Volaski (Oxnard, CA/Ventura CC/Oxnard) led the charge for the Broncs, going 2-for-4 with a pair of singles. He account for two of the team’s six hits. Four other Rider hitters registered one-hit apiece.

On the mound, freshman hurler John Yocum (Easton, PA/Freedom) was saddled with the loss. He tossed four innings and allowed three runs on seven hits for the Broncs. Yocum’s up-and-down day saw him a tie a career-high with eight strikeouts.  

“It’s disappointing once again,” Rider Head Coach Barry Davis said. “You can’t win if you can’t score and we only scored three runs for the entire weekend. Nothing positive came out of today’s game except that we are 8-7 with nine games left. We control our own destiny.”

-  Earlier this week, junior starting pitcher Nick Margevicius was named the College Sports Madness MAAC Player of the Week. It marked the second week in a row that a Bronc took home the distinction.
- On Tuesday, Margevicius and freshman pitcher Pete Soporowski were honored with weekly awards by the league office. Margevicius was tabbed as the MAAC Pitcher of the Week, while Soporowski was named the MAAC Rookie of the Week.
- Out of the bullpen, Mike Diorio and Jordan Silverman were the only Bronc pitchers to not allow a run in the game.

- Volaski has now recorded back-to-back multi-hit games. Over his last two games, his is 4-for-7.
- Rider has not scored a run in 20 innings. The last Bronc run came in the fifth inning of the series opener.
- Four of the last six MAAC games for the Broncs have been decided by one run.
- Entering the weekend, Rider had a seven-game conference winning streak.
- Earlier this week, Rider played to its first tie since 1995. The Broncs ended their non-conference tilt at Princeton knotted at seven after nine innings. The game was called due to darkness. Rider has just three ties in the last 25 years.
- For the second week in a row, a Bronc freshman weekend starting pitcher was named the MAAC Rookie of the Week.

Rider returns to action on Tuesday, April 25, with a road non-conference clash against regional rival Lafayette that is slated to get underway at 3:35 pm in Easton, Pennsylvania. Earlier this season, the Broncs topped the Leopards, 2-0, in Lawrenceville. The game was called after eight innings due to darkness.

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