Rider Hosts Niagara Saturday
Breast Cancer Awareness
Alumni & Fan Recognition Day
LAWRENCEVILLE—A little cranberry, a little purple and lots of pink.
Herb and Joan Young Field will be sporting a variety of colors for the Rider University softball team when the Broncs host the Purple Eagles of Niagara University on Saturday at 1pm in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference doubleheader.
Rider will celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness during the game. Throwing out the ceremonial first pitch will be survivor Bev Graham, the aunt of sophomore catcher Allysen Breeden (Hagerstown, Md./North Hagerstown) and survivor Pat Barton, a family friend of sophomore shortstop Gina McCool (Marlton/Cherokee).
Also during the game the Broncs will be collecting donations for cancer survivor, former Rider cross country and track and field assistant coach Sally Carei-Martinez. Martinez, from Vineland, New Jersey, coached at Rider in the mid-1990s and prior to joining the Bronc staff, was voted the 1980s ‘runner of the decade’ in South Jersey.
Rider will also welcome back all softball alumni and the Broncs will celebrate Fan Appreciation Day with free burgers, hot dogs and soft drinks.
On the field, Rider (8-36, 3-9 MAAC) has been sparked by junior Kehli Washington (Lulea, Sweden/New Rochelle) who leads the team in hitting (.367), hits (51) and stolen bases (23).
Washington, a Second Team All-MAAC selection last season, leads the conference in hits and stolen bases (53rd nationally) and is seventh in the MAAC in batting average.
Washington enters play tied for 26th all-time on the Rider career list with 137 hits.
In the circle, freshman Ali Meagher (Clark/Arthur L. Johnson) is the last healthy pitcher standing and leads the Broncs in innings pitched in MAAC play with 55.
Sophomore Amanda Irving (Westminster, Md./Westminster) leads the Broncs with a .515 average (17/33) in MAAC competition.
Rider is looking to exact a little revenge from Niagara. Last season, the Purple Eagles took the Broncs out of playoff contention on the last conference weekend with a pair of 12 innings games, defeating Rider 1-0 and 5-4.
The Purple Eagles have won 19 of the 34 games in the series, including the last six in a row. In 2011, Niagara won 12-0 and 12-4 in Lawrenceville. Niagara blanked Rider twice in 2010 (8-0, 12-0). The teams split in Lawrenceville in 2009 with Niagara winning 5-1 in the opener and Rider 3-1 in the nightcap.
Niagara enters play 11-25, 6-6 in the MAAC and the Purple Eagles have won four in a row.
Livestats will also be available for both games on www.GoBroncs.com.
Updates during the game will also be sent out via Twitter and are available by following @RiderAthletics.
Join the Rider softball team as they recognize the support of their fans and help back the Broncs in the fight against breast cancer at 1pm on Saturday, April 27.