Rider University 2, Norfolk State University 0
NORFOLK, VA-The Broncs defeated Norfolk State Monday to take the series two games to one. "It's always good to win a series," said Rider head coach Barry Davis.
For Rider (2-1) sophomore Kurt Sowa (Bensalem, PA/Fr. Judge) allowed just three hits in seven shutout innings. Sowa did not allow a second hit until there were two outs in the seventh inning.
"Kurt was very good today," Davis said. "He was in command of the game." The victory was the sixth in the career for Sowa.
Rider senior Adam Wayman (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./G.A.R. Memorial) had three of Rider's eight hits. "Adam had the big hit,' Davis said.
Sophomore Eric Strano (Robbinsville) singled and scored on an RBI double by Wayman to give Rider a 1-0 lead in the fifth inning. "He tried to bunt a pitch or two before that," Davis said, "but he fouled it off. Then he got a good pitch to hit and turned on it. That was a big run for us."
Freshman James Locklear (Hamilton, NJ/Steinert) hit an infield single, stole second and third and scored on a ground out by junior Nick Crescenzo (Hammonton, NJ/Hammonton) for a 2-0 lead in the eighth inning. "Locklear can steal bases," Davis said.
Wayman and sophomore Justin Thomas (Richboro, PA/Council Rock South) collected two-out singles in both the first inning and again in the seventh inning. Thomas has hit safely in all three Rider games this year.
With three hits on the day Wayman now has 171 career hits, 26th most ever at Rider, and 94 RBI, 28th most ever at Rider.
Sophomore Zach Mawson (Magnolia, DE/Caesar Rodney) faced four batters in the ninth, allowing a walk for his sixth career save.
Junior Jerry Mulderig (Langhorne, PA/Council Rock South) went from designated hitter to the mound in the eighth inning and pitched a scoreless frame, allowing one hit and one walk.
The Broncs and Spartans (2-4) played a four-game series last year, with host Norfolk State winning the first game before Rider came back to win the next three.
"We're playing pretty good defense so far," Davis said. "Hopefully we'll continue to do that. We need to play better than this, however, if we want to win a game next weekend."
Rider returns to the Commonwealth of Virginia March 1-3 for a three-game series at Radford. "Radford is very good," Davis said. "They've beaten some quality teams."