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Saint Joseph’s University 11, Rider University 7
LAWRENCEVILLE—The Rider University softball team lost a non-conference game to Saint Joseph’s University on Thursday afternoon at Herb and Joan Young Field.
“Saint Joseph’s is having a great season,” said head coach Tricia Carroll. “Today was a good test for us as we prepare for the four-game conference weekend.”
The Hawks jumped out to a 3-0 first inning lead on three hits and a Bronc error.
Rider cut the lead to 3-1 in the bottom of the first inning on an RBI single by freshman Kim Valdes (Jupiter, Fla./King's Academy), scoring junior Kehli Washington (Lulea, Sweden/New Rochelle) who led off the inning with a walk. Washington scored three of Rider’s seven runs in the game.
“Kim continues to hit the ball hard,” said Carroll.
A two-run home run gave Saint Joseph’s (23-4-1) a 5-1 lead in the third inning before Rider got two back in the bottom of the third on an RBI single from freshman Dana Sensi (Allentown) and a bases loaded walk by sophomore Gina McCool (Marlton/Cherokee) as the Broncs got to within 5-3. Sensi had two hits and scored twice in the game.
A two-run home run and two-run double keyed a six hit attack for the Hawks in the top of the fourth as Saint Joseph’s scored six times to open up an 11-3 lead.
Rider would not go down quietly as freshman Emily Cottrell (Beachwood/Toms River HS South) hit a run scoring double and McCool added an RBI single as the Broncs cut the Hawk lead to 11-5 in the bottom of the fifth inning. Cottrell had three of Rider’s nine hits in the contest.
“We got down and needed to score a few runs to keep the game going and we did,” Carroll said. “The team showed a lot of poise and composure and fought hard both offensively and defensively. Emily continues to play well.”
Sensi had another RBI single and the Broncs scored on a groundout in the bottom of the sixth for the final score.
“Dana and Gina (McCool) both had some nice contact plays today,” Carroll said.
Freshman Ali Meagher (Clark/Arthur L. Johnson) went the first two innings, as well as the final inning, allowing three runs, one earned. “Ali looked pretty good,” Carroll said. “Especially in the seventh inning. She isn’t 100 percent but is getting back out there and throwing.”
Over 200 fans packed Herb and Joan Young Field as Rider celebrated Code Cranberry and held a Bronc-A-Que. Code Cranberry is an athletic department initiative where the other varsity teams at Rider come out and attend games in support of their fellow student-athletes.
“The atmosphere with Code Cranberry was great,” Carroll added.
Rider travels to Manhattan on Saturday for a 2pm Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference doubleheader.