#8 Virginia 4 Rider 1 / Rider 8 Cornell 2
#8 University of Virginia 4, Rider University 1
Rider University 8, Cornell University 2
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.-The Rider University baseball team lost to eighth ranked Virginia in Charlottesville before rebounding to defeat Cornell on Saturday.
In the nightcap, Rider (3-4) took advantage of six Cornell errors to defeat the Big Red 8-2.
“We certainly took advantage of the six errors,” said head coach Barry Davis about the second game. “I thought (Patrick) Devlin threw well and was in control from the outset of the game.”
Junior Patrick Devlin (Richboro, Pa./Council Rock HS North) picked up his first win of the season, working six innings with six strikeouts. Devlin allowed five hits and two earned runs. “Cornell had some opportunities to score and Pat pitched out of the jams,” Davis said.
Senior Mason Heyne (Shrewsbury, Pa./Susquehannock) had three hits and three RBI with senior Steve Galella (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./G.A.R. Memorial) adding two hits and two RBI against Cornell. Heyne needs one hit to become the seventh Bronc with 200 hits in his career.
“Mason is hitting in the middle of the order and has been a consistent player for us,” Davis said about Heyne being on the cusp of 200 hits. “He has been solid and is a good hitter. He has made the most of his opportunities hitting in the four or five hole since his freshman year. We expect him to continue to get those hits and drive runs in. He has some good solid guys in front of him.”
Galella hit an RBI single in the first inning against the Big Red, scoring senior A.J. Albee (Ashley, Pa./Hanover Area). Albee who had walked to reach base, scored three times in the game and is tied for 16th all-time at Rider with 120 runs scored.
Cornell hit a two-out RBI single through the left side to tie the game at one in the bottom of the first.
Albee and Heyne hit back to back two-out doubles to start a three-run rally and give the Broncs a 4-1 lead in the third inning. Galella and sophomore Adam Wayman (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./G.A.R. Memorial) followed with RBI singles in the inning.
Cornell cut the deficit to 4-2 with a solo home run in the fourth inning before Rider responded with a single run in the fifth on a Heyne RBI ground out and Rider scored again in the sixth inning when senior John Ralston (Annandale, Va./Paul VI) scored on a throwing error.
Junior Brandon Cotten (Wiconisco, Pa./Williams Valley) hit an RBI single and Heyne hit an RBI double down the left field line in the ninth inning for the final score.
“It was one of those games where we threatened but didn’t really get into any type of flow and the final was only 8-2,” Davis said. “We never really seemed to put Cornell away. We didn’t play great but we played ok and certainly it is nice to win. We need to hit better with runners in scoring position and can’t strikeout as much.”
“Getting three innings from the bullpen without giving up a run or hit was big,” Davis said. “Today was really the first time we shut the door on a nine inning ball game. It was good to see. That is going to determine a lot for us, getting from the starters to the bullpen. We will look at that on a game to game basis and we need to be stronger in that area.”
Also for Rider against Cornell, senior Karl Johnston (Hamilton/Peddie) had two hits, a run scored and an RBI.
For Rider against UVa, sophomore Joe Calogero (Cherry Hill/Cherry Hill HS West) threw a complete game (eight innings), recording two strikeouts. "We got a well pitched game out of Joe," said head coach Barry Davis. "He basically held them in check."
Ralston got the Broncs on the board with a two-out RBI double in the second inning, scoring senior Steve Galella (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./G.A.R. Memorial) who had walked.
UVa tied it in the bottom of the second with an unearned run, converting an error, balk and back to back singles.
The Cavaliers took a 3-1 lead in the third inning using a leadoff walk, stolen base and an RBI single and RBI double for the two runs.
Another leadoff walk was converted into a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh inning for the final score.
Tyler Wilson went six and two-thirds innings for the Cavaliers, recording seven strikeouts for the win.
"Wilson was very good," said Davis. "Facing good pitching certainly helps our development. It always helps to see good arms. We need to stay focused on what we are doing and the bats will come around. We have had some good at-bats but we need to put some of them together in a row. But I attribute a lot of that to the pitchers that we have faced so far this season."
UVa defeated Rider last night 12-0. The Broncs defeated the Big Red 6-0 on Friday afternoon.
"It was important for us to comeback and compete better today," Davis said. "We played better and pitched better. Whomever you are playing, you have to bounce back after a tough game. We've been pretty competitive all weekend."
The games played today were originally scheduled for Sunday and were moved up 24 hours due to the threat of inclement weather.
After heading back north, Rider hosts Lafayette at Jack Cust Field in Flemington, New Jersey on Wednesday at 3pm.
“We need to play and hopefully we will get the game in on Wednesday,” Davis added. “It is a great opportunity to get some fans to see us locally.”