Rider University 7, Temple University 2
WILSON, NC— Rider junior Zach Mawson (Magnolia, DE/Caesar Rodney) allowed just one hit, in the fourth inning, and struck out five in six innings of work to lead Rider to a victory over Temple Sunday afternoon in Historic Fleming Stadium.
“Zach got off to a good start,” said Rider head coach Barry Davis. “He threw strikes and made them put the ball in play. It was nice to see. It all starts with the pitching.”
Mawson was the Rider closer for most of last season, compiling nine saves, and was on the New Jersey All-Rookie team as a freshman in 2012 with five saves. but moved to the starting rotation this year. Sunday’s victory was the second of his career.
The scoreless pitcher’s duel lasted for five innings until Rider (1-1) erupted for seven runs on seven hits in the sixth inning.
Junior Mike Parsons (Liverpool, NY) hit a two-run single to begin the scoring, his 100th career hit, and junior Justin Thomas (Richboro, PA/Council Rock South) hit a three-run triple, his second hit of the day. “That was a big hit,” Davis said of Thomas.
Junior Greg Fazio (Far Hills/Ridge) hit an RBI single, his second hit of the inning after starting the rally with a double.
“We had a stretch there where we put hits together and that’s how you produce big innings,” Davis said, “although our long inning at the plate hurt Mawson, because he had to sit there for a while and I think he tightened up.”
Temple (1-2) manufactured a run in the bottom of the sixth inning on a pair of walks, a stolen base and a sacrifice fly, before the Broncs turned the ball over to junior Eric Thomas (Dallastown, PA/Dallastown Area).
The left-handed Thomas pitched the final three innings, allowing just two hits while striking out four for the save.
Rider plays UMass-Lowell in a doubleheader on Monday. “They are pretty good,” Davis said of the River Hawks who recently moved up from Division II to Division I and compete in the America East Conference. “They are scrappy. We saw them beat Temple earlier today. They are going to be a handful.”