Rider Hosts Saint Joseph's on Wednesday Afternoon
Game 37 – Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Rider Broncs (16-19-1, 8-7 MAAC) vs. Saint Joseph’s Hawks (12-20, 5-7 A-10)
Location: Lawrenceville, NJ - Sonny Pittaro Field
First Pitch – Wednesday at 3:30 pm
Live Stats: GoBroncs.com
Live Audio: 107.7 FM The Bronc
What You Need to Know
- Rider opens up a four-game homestand this week, welcoming in regional rival Saint Joseph’s on Wednesday in non-conference action before hosting Manhattan this weekend for a three-game Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) series.
- Through its first five conference series of the season, the Broncs have posted an 8-5 mark. Most recently, Rider was swept in a three-game set at Canisius. The Broncs were shutout in two of the games and are in the midst of a 20-innning scoreless drought.
- Last 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 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.
- Last week, Margevicius was tabbed as the College Sports Madness MAAC Player of the Week and the MAAC Pitcher of the Week. Also, freshman Pete Soporowski was honored as the MAAC Rookie of the Week.
- Other Broncs to earn weekly accolades this season are Richie Tecco (College Sports Madness MAAC Player of the Week) and freshman starting pitcher John Yocum (MAAC Rookie of the Week).
- This season, Margevicius is 4-2 with a 2.51 ERA and a team-high 54 strikeouts in 57.1 innings pitched. Out of the bullpen, Josh Sharik has made a team-high 22 appearances. Midweek starter Anthony Arneth is 1-0 this season in 12.2 innings of work.
- Offensively, three Bronc starters are hitting over .290, led by senior outfielder Tyler Kaiser at .299. Kaiser leads the team with 25 RBIs and has scored 19 runs this season. His .487 slugging percentage is tops on the team and he is 8-of-9 on stolen-base attempts this spring. Over the weekend, he hit a two-run shot at Canisius. Catcher Lee Lipinski is batting .296 this spring with 18 RBIs and 11 extra-base hits, while Riley Mihalik is other Bronc hitting above .290, checking in at .293. Mihalik is tied with Kaiser for tops on the team with 12 extra-base hits and 57 total bases. Johnson has a team-high 38 hits out of the leadoff spot.
- Last spring, Saint Joseph’s topped Rider, 5-3, in the championship game of the Liberty Bell Classic contest at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia.