Broncs Swept by Army
Army 11, Rider University 3 / 6 innings
Army 4, Rider University 2
LAWRENCEVILLE--The Rider University softball dropped its eighth game in a row, as the United States Military Academy defeated the Broncs 11-3 and 4-2 on Sunday afternoon at Herb and Joan Young Field.
The games were originally scheduled for West Point, New York but were moved to Rider due to field conditions at Army.
"We have to do a better job of playing with energy and competing," said head coach Tricia Carroll who celebrated her 50th birthday during the doubleheader. "We gained some very valuable experience in today's games, playing against a really talented opponent and I think that is a positive thing."
In the nightcap, despite having only two hits, Rider (3-23) held a 2-1 lead into the fifth inning before Army (11-10) used five hits to plate three runs, all on a home run for the final score.
Trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the fourth, Bronc sophomore Gina McCool (Marlton/Cherokee) hit a two-run double, scoring freshman Kim Valdes (Jupiter, Fla./King's Academy) and sophomore Amanda Irving (Westminster, Md./Westminster).
Freshman Ali Meager (Clark/Arthur L. Johnson) scattered 10 hits and recorded three strikeouts in a complete game effort.
"I thought Ali threw well," Carroll added.
In the opener, freshman Dana Sensi (Allentown) had two hits including her second home run of the season, a three-run shot to left field to bring Rider to within 10-3 in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Sensi had two of Rider's four hits in the game.
Army scored once in the first, three in the third, a single run in the fourth and five runs in the fifth inning to build a 10-0 lead.
"We need to do a better job of making plays and picking up the ball without panicking," Carroll said about the opener. "A play here and there and those innings aren't crooked numbers. It's a matter of gaining confidence, some swagger and finding themselves."
Red-shirt freshman Krista Morrone (Pipersville, Pa./Palisades) allowed 11 runs, 10 earned while recording four strikeouts.
Rider and Army met in Florida at the Rebel Spring Games on March 16 with the Broncs prevailing 4-3.
Rider hosts Hartford on Tuesday, in a non-conference doubleheader, beginning at 2:30pm
"We know we can compete," Carroll said about the mindset of the coaching staff. "The players have to know that as well and if they continue to work hard, the wins will come. It's really been a pitch here and there and we also can't give away some at-bats. We'll be fine, we just have to keep working at it."