Rider Scores Three in the Ninth to Sweep Youngstown State
NILES, OH – Senior Tyler Kaiser (Moorestown, NJ/Moorestown) collected two hits and freshman outfielder Joe Simone (Wayne, NJ/Wayne Hills) scored two runs as Rider took down host Youngstown State, 7-5, on Saturday afternoon at Eastwood Field. The Broncs (23-26-1) swept the three game series against the Penguins (15-40) and ran their winning streak to four games.
Rider broke open a 4-4 tie in the top of the ninth with three runs as both Brian Uliana (Bethlehem, PA/Freedom) and Kaiser recorded run-scoring hits. In the bottom half of the frame, junior southpaw Nick Margevicius (North Royalton,OH/Saint Ignatius) got the final three outs on the bump for Rider.
Offensively Kaiser led the way for the Broncs, going 2-for-4 with an RBI. Lee Lipinski (Glenn Arms, MD/Calvert Hall) added two RBIs for the broncs and Simone went 1-for-2 with two runs scored and two walks from the leadoff spot.
On the mound, Paul Sparano (Ewing, NJ/Ewing) tossed two scoreless innings out of the bullpen to pick up his second win of the season. Sparano did not allow a hit and struck out one hitter, while surrendering one walk. In relief, Margevicius picked up his first save of the season.
NOTES & QUOTES
“We had some big hits late that separated ourselves,” Rider Head Coach Barry Davis said. “Putting them together, a Bender double, Uliana double and singles from Mihalik and Kaiser helped us get ahead. Sparano was solid out of the bullpen today.”
“We are excited for the opportunity to compete in the MAAC Tournament,” Davis added. “After missing out last year, it is nice to be a part of it. As the sixth seed, we have a tough road ahead. Canisius will be a tremendous challenge for our team. I am hopeful we can match their intensity and skill level. It Is a must for us to have a chance to at all.”
- By virtue of Canisius defeating Niagara, Fairfield beating Quinnipiac, Monmouth and Iona splitting a doubleheader and Marist and Siena splitting a doubleheader all on Friday the Broncs have clinched a berth into the MAAC Tournament.
- With Manhattan's win against Saint Peter's today Rider will be the sixth seed in the postseason tournament.
- Pete Soporowski got the start for Rider and tossed four innings. He allowed two runs on five hits, while striking out five hitters.
- Jordan Silverman also worked two innings in relief for the Broncs.
- Kaiser's multi-hit game was his 13th of the season.
- Simone's leadoff double to start the game was the third of his career.
BRONCS BY THE NUMBERS
- Davis now has 903 career wins as a Head Coach.
- With his double in the top of the sixth, Mike Volaski now has 100 career hits. Volaski now leads the team with 12 doubles.
- The save was the first-ever for Margevicius
- Kyle Johnson picked up his team-leading 55th hit of the season. Volaski is second on the team with 54 hits this spring.
Sixth-seeded Rider opens up the MAAC Tournament on Wednesday, May 24, against No. 3 seed Canisius. First pitch is slated for 12:00 pm.