Rider University 5, Lafayette College 3
LAWRENCEVILLE-In the 2013 home opener, the Broncs came back to defeat Lafayette Tuesday. "We didn't play our best game today but we battled back. We hung in there and we got a couple hits to win it," said Rider head coach Barry Davis.
The Broncs (6-1) scored four runs in the eighth inning. A two-run single by senior Ian Lindsay (Oaklyn/Haddon Twp.) gave Rider a 5-3 lead.
"I was watching all of the other guys get on base and thought it might come down to me," said Lindsay, who also collected his 100th career hit earlier in the game. "I just wanted to get a good swing on a fastball."
"Lindsay's hit gave us some separation," Davis said. "He's one of our better hitters, so we have him in the leadoff spot. We feel the more times we get him to the plate the better off we'll be."
"I haven't batted leadoff in probably 10 years, so it is something I've had to get used to, but I usually only lead off the first inning," Lindsay said.
In the eighth inning, a sacrifice fly by freshman Lee Lipinski (Glen Arm, MD/Calvert) cut the lead to 3-2 and sophomore Justin Thomas (Richboro, PA/Council Rock South) scored on a wild pitch tie the score at 3-3.
"Lipinski gave us a big lift," Davis said of his rookie, who collected his first collegiate RBI.
A solo home run in the top of the eighth inning gave Lafayette a 3-1 lead.
Rider sophomore Greg Fazio (Far Hills/Ridge) hit a solo home run in the fourth inning to cut the lead to 2-1.
Lafayette (0-7) took a 1-0 lead in the third inning on a double, a stolen base and a sacrifice fly and took a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning on a walk, single, sacrifice bunt and another sacrifice fly.
Rider junior Jerry Mulderig (Langhorne, PA/Council Rock South) moved from right field to the mound and collected the win, the first of his career, pitching one inning, the eighth.
Sophomore Zach Mawson (Magnolia, DE/Caesar Rodney) pitched a scoreless ninth inning for the save, his second of the season and the seventh of his career.
Sophomore David Hafer (Pine Grove, PA) pitched two innings of shutout relief, allowing one hit.
Sophomore lefty Eric Thomas (Dallastown, PA/Dallastown Area) started and pitched three innings, allowing one run on three hits.
The 6-1 start is Rider's best since beginning the 1991 season 12-1-1. Rider won 32 games in 1991 and received an at-large bid to the 48-team NCAA Tournament. "We've won six out of seven so we're pleased with that," Davis said.
Rider hosts Lehigh Wednesday at 3pm on the Sonny Pittaro Field before traveling to sixth ranked South Carolina for a three-game series March 8-10.