College of Charleston 5, Rider University 2
College of Charleston 3, Rider University 1
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C.—The Rider University softball team was swept in a non-conference doubleheader at the College of Charleston on Saturday afternoon at Patriots Point.
“It felt good to be outside and playing,” said head coach Tricia Carroll. “We need to score some more runs and see more live pitching to support our young pitching staff.”
This was Rider’s first time playing since February 23 with the Broncs having had 13 games canceled from the schedule due to snow and cold temperatures.
In the opener, Rider (2-6) broke a scoreless tie with one out in the third inning when junior Amanda Irving (Westminster, Md./Westminster) took a 3-1 pitch and launched her first home run of the season over the left field fence, giving the Broncs a 1-0 lead. Irving had two of Rider’s six hits in the opener.
Junior Allysen Breeden (Hagerstown, Md./North Hagerstown) gave Rider a 2-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning, hitting a 2-2 pitch through the left side for an RBI single. Sophomore Emily Cottrell (Beachwood/Toms River HS South) scored on the play after leading off the inning with a double and advancing to third on a passed ball. Breeden had two of Rider’s 10 hits in the doubleheader.
Freshman pitcher Kaitlyn Kallert (Woodland Park/Passaic Valley) made it through the first four innings, throwing a one-hit shutout before the Cougars used four hits and a walk to take a 4-2 lead in the bottom of the fifth inning, the big hit a two out, two-run home run to right centerfield that broke a 2-2 tie.
“Kaitlyn did a nice job with a hiccup in the fifth inning,” said Carroll. “Defensively we were solid. Our young pitching staff is doing well and we need to just score a few more runs for them.”
Kallert recorded three strikeouts in five innings of work (89 pitches) but walked four while giving up five hits.
C of C (18-10) scored an insurance run in the sixth inning on two hits and a Bronc error with Cougar pitching retiring seven Rider batters in a row to finish the game over the course of the final three innings.
“It was great to get outside and compete,” said McCool. “Even though we didn’t get the wins today, we learned a lot about the things we can work on. It was evident that our pitching staff has been working hard during the layoff and if we put more runs on the board offensively, the wins will begin to come.”
In game two, despite two hits and a complete game five-hitter (68 pitches) from sophomore starting pitcher Montana Berg (Danville, Calif./Monte Vista), the Broncs lost 3-1.
The Cougars broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the fifth inning, scoring two runs on a triple with one out.
A two out home run in the bottom of the sixth inning gave C of C a three-run lead.
In the top of the seventh, Rider used an RBI double from freshman Amanda Crimarco (Levittown, N.Y./Kellenberg), scoring Breeden who reached on a one out walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch.
Rider stays in South Carolina to face Charleston Southern on Tuesday in a doubleheader, beginning at 1 p.m.
“Charleston Southern is going to be a tough opponent,” Carroll added.
The home opener for the Broncs is scheduled for Sunday, March 30 when Rider faces Saint Peter’s in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference doubleheader, beginning at 1:00 p.m., at Herb and Joan Young Field.