Charleston Southern 5, Rider University 0
Charleston Southern 2, Rider University 1 / 9 innings
CHARLESTON, S.C.—The Rider University softball team left 14 runners on base in the night cap and lost in extra innings to Charleston Southern, 2-1 on Wednesday afternoon.
“We finally got to see some sunshine,” head coach Tricia Carroll quipped after seeing 13 games cancelled by weather so far this year. “So we decided to play extras.”
In the opener, Rider was held to three hits, two by sophomore Kim Valdes (Jupiter, Fla./King's Academy) as the Broncs lost 5-0.
In game two, Rider (2-9) broke a scoreless tie in the fourth inning when freshman Delany DeMello (Roseville, Calif./Roseville) hit her first career home run, taking an 0-2 pitch over the leftfield fence and giving the Broncs their first lead of the three-game series.
The Buccaneers used three hits and a Rider error to tie the game 1-1 with an unearned run in the bottom of the fourth.
In the bottom of the ninth, Charleston Southern strung together three hits, the last one, an RBI single with two outs for the game-winner, spoiling a 149 pitch, complete game effort by freshman Kaitlyn Kallert (Woodland Park/Passaic Valley) who recorded two strikeouts and allowed only one earned run while throwing 94 strikes.
“Kaitlyn pitched great,” Carroll said. “Only one earned run against a strong CSU lineup was an exceptional effort. Give them credit, they made some nice defensive plays when we had runners in scoring position. The hits will come as long as everyone keeps working.”
Junior Amanda Irving (Westminster, Md./Westminster) doubled twice for Rider with sophomore Emily Cottrell (Beachwood/Toms River HS South) hitting two singles as part of the eight hit Bronc offensive attack.
In the opener, the Buccaneers jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning, starting the game with four straight hits including a two-run double and an RBI single off sophomore Montana Berg (Danville, Calif./Monte Vista).
Charleston Southern (16-16-1) converted three hits and a stolen base into its fourth run of the game in the bottom of the second.
Rider tried to get on the board in the top of the sixth inning with a single by Valdes and two walks but the Broncs left the bases loaded.
The Buccaneers hit a solo home run in the bottom of the sixth inning with two outs for the final score.
The Buccaneers won 7-0 on Tuesday to setup the series sweep. In that game, Rider left 12 runners on base.
“We played well about 90 percent of the time down here in Charleston,” Carroll said. “To be successful, we need 100 percent. We need to continue to have the right approach no matter who is on base or the number of outs.”
Rider travels to Norfolk State for a doubleheader on Thursday.
The home opener for the Broncs is scheduled for March 30, when Rider hosts Saint Peter’s in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference doubleheader at Herb and Joan Young Field, beginning at 1:00 p.m.