Broncs Split at Rebel Games
Courtesy: Rider Sports Information  
Release:  03/12/2012

Kehli Washington started winning rally
Courtesy: Peter G. Borg (Rider University)
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College Softball - Rebel Spring Games
Rider University 2  Nebraska-Omaha 0 / 8 innings
Youngstown State University 2  Rider University 1 / 8 innings

KISSIMMEE, Fla.--The Rider University softball team split two extra inning games on day two of the Rebel Spring Games in Florida Monday afternoon.

In the opener, Rider (3-10-1) used a complete game three-hitter from senior Rachael Matreale (Williamstown) to pick up the victory.

Matreale had eight strikeouts as Rider broke a 0-0 tie in the top of the eighth on an infield hit by sophomore Kehli Washington (Lulea, Sweden/New Rochelle) and two Nebraska-Omaha errors as the Broncs scored twice for the win.

"Rachael did great in the opener," head coach Tricia Carroll said.  "We made enough plays behind her and eventually we got her some runs.  We had a few opportunities to win the game in regulation but couldn't come up with the hit."

Each team left eight runners on base.

In the nightcap, despite a complete game effort from senior Kelsey Krisch (Parker, Colo./Council Rock HS North) the Broncs lost 2-1. 

"We had chances and they shut us down and they had chances and we shut them down; it was another good game," Carroll said.

Krisch had two strikeouts.

"Kelsey did a nice job and should have won," Carroll said.  "We didn't get enough from the offense in game two.  It was unfortunate we couldn't get her some more runs because she deserved the victory."

YSU took a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning on a Rider error with the Penguins eventually scoring the unearned run on a sacrifice fly.

With one out in the bottom of the fourth, senior Samantha Mayer (Neptune) singled to right centerfield with sophomore Lisa Blanton (Hilliard, Fla./Hilliard) singling in freshman Lauren Davies (Pittsburgh, Pa./Seneca Valley) who reached on a fielder's choice.

Tied at one in the eighth inning, using the international tie-breaker rule, YSU scored on a wild pitch for the final tally.

Also for the Broncs in game two, junior Alyssa Paul (Toms River/Toms River HS East) had two of Rider's six hits.

Rider plays Fairleigh Dickinson and Nebraska-Omaha on Wednesday in Florida.

"We came down here to get better and we are doing that," Carroll said.  "We are back at it on Wednesday."


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