Seton Hall University 9, Rider University 2
SOUTH ORANGE—The Broncs lost at Seton Hall Tuesday.
“From the third inning on we made it a game,” said Rider head coach Barry Davis. “It could have gotten worse. We just didn’t put any hits together other than the third inning.”
Rider (13-11) freshman James Locklear (Hamilton, NJ/Steinert) singled and scored on a triple by senior Ian Lindsay (Oaklyn/Haddon Twp.) to get Rider on the board in the third inning, and Lindsay scored on a ground out to make it 7-2.
“We had a little bit of a rally there,” Davis said, “but other than that there was not much happening.”
Seton Hall (12-13) took a 3-0 lead in the first inning on four hits, all with two outs and scored four runs on four more hits in the second inning to take a 7-0 lead.
“It makes it tough when you dig a hole like that,” Davis said. “We got behind and never really had a chance to get out of it.”
SHU scored again in the fourth and seventh innings for the final score.
Five Rider pitchers allowed 12 Pirate hits.
Rider lost to Seton Hall 7-6 at Rider last year when the Broncs committed five errors, accounting for six unearned runs. Seton Hall beat Rider 4-3 in 2011. Rider won 8-7 in Lawrenceville in 2010 and Rider won 8-2 at Seton Hall in 2009.
“It’s important to play these games, against good teams, to learn from them,” Davis said.
Rider and Seton Hall have now met 62 times since the series began in 1947, with Rider winning 22.
Rider travels to the University of Maryland for a 4pm game Wednesday. “We’ve got a big one tomorrow,” Davis said, “so we just have to put this one behind us and move on.”