Gardner-Webb 5, Rider University 0
BOILING SPRINGS, NC—The Broncs managed just three infield hits in a loss at Gardner-Webb Tuesday. “You are not going to win any games with three hits,” said Rider head coach Barry Davis.
The host Runnin’ Bulldogs (8-12) scored three runs in the sixth inning on three hits, including a pair of doubles, to take a 5-0 lead.
GW scored two runs in the first inning with two outs on three hits and a Rider error.
Rider junior Nick Richter (Fox River Grove, Ill./Cary-Grove) reached base on a bunt single in the sixth inning, Rider’s only hit until junior Greg Fazio (Far Hills/Ridge) and senior Nick Crescenzo (Hammonton, NJ/Hammonton) each hit infield singles in the ninth inning.
The Broncs (3-13) had bases loaded with no outs in the top of the sixth inning but came up empty. “We really only had one opportunity,” Davis said. “We had a chance to have a big inning when we trailed 2-0.”
Rider freshman Josh Sharik (Ewing, NJ/Plumstead Christian) made his second collegiate start and pitched seven innings. “He threw great,” Davis said. He gave up runs in just two innings, two in the first and three in the sixth. “He did everything we needed him to do. He went deep into the game. He did a good job.”
Sharik began his collegiate career with eight scoreless innings in his first three appearances before Tuesday.
Rider freshman Mike Diorio (Middletown, NJ/Middletown South) pitched a scoreless eighth inning.
GWU competes in the Big South Conference. The Runnin’ Bulldogs finished in sixth place in the Big South last year.
Rider junior shortstop Mike Parsons (Liverpool, NY) had three putouts and four assists Tuesday. Parsons started for the 129th consecutive game, 20th most in the nation among active players.
The Broncs were scheduled to travel to Charlotte Wednesday for a 6pm game with the UNC Charlotte 49ers but due to wet field conditions that game was cancelled.
Rider will stay in Boiling Springs and play Gardner-Webb again Wednesday at 6pm.