Broncs Travel to Niagara

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Release: May 03, 2013
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Courtesy: Carleigh Brown (Rider University)

Broncs Travel to Niagara

Seek Sixth Series

NIAGARA FALLS, NY—The first place Rider Broncs travel to Western New York to take on the Purple Eagles of Niagara University in a three-game Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference series this weekend at Sal Maglie Stadium.

Rider (27-17, 11-4 MAAC) has won its first five MAAC series this year and has won five of the last six games it has played the Purple Eagles.

Niagara (16-28, 9-9 MAAC) is currently in fifth place after taking two of three games from Fairfield.

The Purple Eagles have the highest earned run average in the MAAC (7.49) while Rider has the lowest (3.40). Niagara also leads the league in errors with 86, compared to just 51 committed by Rider.

The Broncs will send senior Tyler Smith (Westmont/Haddon Twp.) and junior Mike Murphy (Hamilton/Peddie) to the mound for the 12 noon doubleheader on Saturday.

Smith (5-4) and Murphy (5-4) have 34 career wins between them.

Sophomore Kurt Sowa (Bensalem, PA/Fr. Judge) gets the ball for the third game of the series on Sunday at 12 noon. Sowa (8-1, 4-0 vs. MAAC teams) is currently 14th in the nation in wins while opponents are batting just .198 against him. 

Rider’s offense is led by junior Jerry Mulderig (Langhorne, PA/Council Rock South), junior Nick Crescenzo (Hammonton, NJ/Hammonton) and senior Adam Wayman (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./G.A.R. Memorial).

Mulderig ranks among the league leaders with a .360 batting average and 14 stolen bases, along with a .460 on base percentage.

Wayman is batting .299 and like Mulderig has 49 hits on the season. Wayman leads the team with 29 runs scored and enters the weekend with 215 career hits, sixth most ever at Rider.

Crescenzo leads the team in RBI (28) and stolen bases (16 for 18), while batting .295 with 44 hits and 27 runs scored. Crescenzo has 153 hits in 138 career starts.

Rider and Niagara have met 43 times since the series began in 1997 with Rider winning 30, including two of three last year.

Rider still has to play Iona (6-34, 2-13 MAAC) at home and then Marist (22-19, 12-6 MAAC) on the road before hosting the four-team MAAC Championship Tournament May 23-26 at ARM & HAMMER Park, the home of the Trenton Thunder.

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