Lower Bucks Broncs
Four Area Ball Players Lead Rider to First Place
LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ—Four area residents have crossed the Delaware River to further their educations and baseball careers at Rider University, and are experiencing great success.
Junior Jerry Mulderig of Langhorne (Council Rock South), sophomore Justin Thomas of Richboro (Council Rock South), sophomore Kurt Sowa of Bensalem (Fr. Judge) and freshman Brian Donnelly of Churchville (Council Rock South) have helped Rider to an 18-12 record to date, 5-1 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.
Mulderig (3-2) recently started on the mound and batted clean up in a 6-3 loss at the University of Maryland. At the plate he had four of Rider’s eight hits and his single gave Rider a 1-0 lead against the Terps. In his last appearance he threw three perfect innings with three strike outs in a win at NJIT.
Rider’s leading hitter (.370) as a right-fielder who increases the attendance at home games (the addition of six to 12 scouts with their radar guns) when he is scheduled to pitch (usually relief), Mulderig pitched three and a third innings at Maryland, allowing four hits and a walk with a strikeout. He left the mound with Rider trailing 3-2.
As a right-fielder Mulderig leads the MAAC in stolen bases with 13 in 17 attempts and has 34 hits (five doubles) in 28 games. He also has a team-high .473 on base percentage.
A Behavioral Neuroscience major, Mulderig was named Rider’s Most Improved Player in 2012. At CR South Mulderig earned First Team All-League honors as a second baseman and Third Team All-League honors as a pitcher his senior year.
Sowa leads Rider with a 6-1 record this season, compiling 26 strikeouts in 39 innings pitched. Sowa pitched a two-hit shutout against NJIT this year and already has 11 career wins (11-5) in just 21 starts at Rider. His six wins is 13th best in Division I.
Sowa earned All-Catholic League honors as a senior at Judge.
In non-conference games this year Rider defeated such teams as Rutgers, Radford and St. Bonaventure and has also played #5 South Carolina, #19 Campbell, Maryland and Seton Hall.
Thomas is Rider’s first baseman, starting all 30 games this season. In 71 career games he has 62 hits, including 12 doubles.
Thomas was a New Jersey All-Rookie team member last year. At CR South Thomas twice earned First Team All-League honors in baseball and also earned Second Team All-League and team MVP honors in basketball.
Donnelly is currently Rider’s fifth outfielder who has appeared in 16 games, six as a starter, and has five hits and an RBI.
Donnelly was the Courier Times Baseball Player of the Year in 2012, after earning (SOL National) Player of Year honors in football as a quarterback. As a CR South junior Donnelly batted .442 as an All-League centerfielder. As a senior he pitched a one-hit shutout to lead CR South to a 4-0 victory over Altoona in the PIAA Quad-A semifinals.