Broncs Home Today and Wednesday

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Release: April 16, 2013
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Broncs Home Today and Wednesday

The Rider baseball team will host a pair of non-conference games this week, Monmouth University today and Long Island University on Wednesday.

The Broncs (20-13) are currently in first place in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (7-2), winning all three of the MAAC series they’ve played.

The Hawks (20-13) are currently in second place in the Northeast Conference (12-4). 

Monmouth is 9-8 on the road this year while Rider is 9-2 at home.

Rider has won seven of its last eight games and 12 of the last 16.

The Broncs are led by a pair of sophomore pitchers, starter  Kurt Sowa (Bensalem, PA/Fr. Judge) and closer Zach Mawson (Magnolia, DE/Caesar Rodney).

Sowa is 7-1 and ranks eighth in the nation in wins.  The national leader has nine wins.

Mawson has nine saves, which ranks 11th in the nation. The national leader has 12 saves.

Senior Joe Calogero (Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill HS West) will start on the mound for Rider against Monmouth.  The veteran lefty, who won the second game of last season before shoulder surgery shut him down for the rest of 2012, will be making his third start of the year and the 24th start of his career. Calogero is 1-1 this year and 7-4 in his career.

Offensively, Rider is led by junior Jerry Mulderig (Langhorne, PA/Council Rock South), sophomore Eric Strano (Robbinsville) and senior Adam Wayman (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./G.A.R. Memorial).

Mulderig leads Rider with a .373 batting average, collecting 38 hits, including seven doubles, 19 walks and 13 stolen bases in 31 games.

Strano, the Bronc catcher, is batting .321, while Wayman, the Rider third baseman, is batting .286 with 34 hits.

Wayman recently became just the 11th Bronc to ever compile 200 career hits when he homered in a MAAC win at preseason favorite and defending champion Manhattan.

Rider lost a wild one at Monmouth last year, scoring five runs in the ninth inning before giving up six Monmouth runs in the bottom of the ninth in the 6-5 Hawk win.

Rider and Monmouth are former NEC rivals and will become MAAC rivals next year.  Since the series between the two Garden State teams began in 1976 Rider has won 32 of the 56 meetings. 

The Hawks are led by infielder Owen Stewart, who is batting .425 with 48 hits in 33 games. Outfielder Joe Bamford is batting .343 with 34 hits, while infielder Jake Gronsky is batting .331 with 40 hits.

Rider hosts LIU Wednesday.

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