Rider University 5, UMass Lowell 1
UMass Lowell 2, Rider University 1 (9 inn.)
WILSON, NC—Rider split a doubleheader with UMass Lowell Monday in North Carolina. “We certainly had our opportunities today, leaving 18 runners on base in the two games,” said Rider head coach Barry Davis. “I expected us to be better in some areas and we were better than I expected in other areas.”
One area that Rider was very good in was pitching, allowing just one earned run in the doubleheader.
In the first game Rider junior David Hafer (Pine Grove, PA) pitched six innings, striking out six while allowing just two hits and an unearned run. “David threw fine,” Davis said. “He threw strikes from the get-go.”
Junior Mike Parsons (Liverpool, NY) and sophomore James Locklear (Hamilton, NJ/Steinert) each had two of Rider’s eight hits. Parsons and senior Nick Crescenzo (Hammonton, NJ/Hammonton) each scored twice.
Parsons doubled and scored on a single by Crescenzo in the fourth and Crescenzo scored on a balk for a 5-1 lead.
The Broncs manufactured a run in the third inning when Crescenzo walked, stole second, went to third on a wild pitch and scored on a single by junior Justin Thomas (Richboro, PA/Council Rock South).
Thomas had three hits in the doubleheader, including his 100th career hit. “He had a good day,” Davis said of his first baseman.
The Broncs scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning on a single (junior Nick Richter), two hit batsman, a bases loaded walk (Locklear) and an error.
Sophomore Vincenzo Aiello (Staten Island, NY/Tottenville) pitched a 1-2-3 seventh inning, striking out two.
In the second game Lowell (2-1) scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning (scheduled seven inning game) on a pair of Rider errors.
Rider senior Kyle Kennett (Spring Lake, NJ/St. Rose) pitched seven innings, allowing one run on three hits and a walk while striking out two. “Kyle threw very well,” Davis said. “He kept the ball down and just pitched great.”
Making his Rider debut, junior Mickey Donnelly (Bayville, NJ/Central Regional) struck out the first batter he faced before pitching out of a bases loaded jam in the eighth, but suffered the loss.
Lowell tied the game at 1-1 with a walk, a sacrifice bunt, a wild pitch and an RBI single in the bottom of the fifth inning. “We thought we had that batter struck out but he walked and eventually scored on a flair to right with two outs,” Davis said.
Rider (2-2) took a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning on a sacrifice fly by Richter.
The UMass Lowell River Hawks recently moved up from Division II to Division I and compete in the America East Conference.
Rider travels to Lynchburg, VA this weekend for games with host Liberty and Ball State. “We’ve got a tough weekend coming up,” Davis said. “That’s going to be competitive.”