Rider 13, Radford 0
Rider University 13, Radford University 0
BLACKSBURG, VA-The Broncs defeated Radford of the Big South Conference Friday in the first game of a three-game series held at Virginia Tech's English Field. "It was a bit chilly today, 34 degrees and flurries, but I'm certainly happy with our performance," said Rider head coach Barry Davis.
For Rider (3-1), every batter collected a hit, as the Broncs banged out 14 hits. "I guess that's a sign of consistency up and down the lineup," Davis said. "We had good approaches at the plate."
Rider senior Tyler Smith (Westmont/Haddon Twp.) pitched seven scoreless innings, tying his career-high with eight strikeouts. Smith allowed no walks and six hits. "Tyler was in command from the start," Davis said. "He looked good and said he felt good. It was a pretty good outing."
Smith is now 2-0 on the season. A Preseason All-American closer last year, Smith is now 6-4 as a starter, 16-12 overall with 27 saves.
The Broncs broke open a scoreless game by scoring eight runs in the fourth inning on six hits, the biggest hits begins a two-run home run by senior Ian Lindsay (Oaklyn/Haddon Twp.) and a two-run double by sophomore Mike Parsons (Liverpool, NY).
It was Lindsay's 98th career hit and fourth career home run. "It was nice to see him (a left-handed batter) hit that against a left-handed pitcher." Davis said. "He did a good job."
"We bunched five hits together that inning," Davis said. "Anytime you can do that you are going to have success."
Thomas doubled and scored on a single by Mulderig to give Rider a 10-0 lead in the seventh. "Jerry had a good day and I thought Justin swung the bat well today," Davis said.
In the eighth inning junior Nick Crescenzo (Hammonton, NJ/Hammonton) hit an RBI double, scored on an RBI single by sophomore Eric Strano (Robbinsville) and Strano scored on an RBI single by Wayman for a 13-0 lead.
Rider freshman Brian Donnelly (Churchville, PA/Council Rock South) hit an infield single in his first collegiate at bat.
Rider and Radford (5-3) play a doubleheader Saturday at 12 noon. "I'm sure Radford will be ready to go tomorrow," Davis said. "We'll have to be ready to go as well."