Army (USMA) 10, Rider University 2 / 5 innings
Army (USMA) 9, Rider University 1 / 6 innings
WEST POINT, N.Y.—The Rider University softball team was held to five hits over two games and lost a non-conference doubleheader at Army on Thursday afternoon.
“It was a frustrating day,” said head coach Tricia Carroll. “We simply didn’t play very well. Army is a good hitting team and for most of the season, we’ve been playing solid defense and today we didn’t.”
In the nightcap, Rider (2-15) managed only three hits in the 9-1 loss to the Black Knights.
Trailing 8-0 in the top of the fifth inning, senior Kehli Washington (Lulea, Sweden/New Rochelle) hit a two out infield single and scored on an RBI double from junior Amanda Irving (Westminster, Md./Westminster).
Army (11-15) opened the game with five runs in the bottom of the first inning, taking advantage of a Bronc error and four hits, including a three-run home run.
“Army can hit,” Carroll added. “They don’t need any help from us to get runners on.”
The Black Nights extended their lead to 8-0 off Bronc starter, freshman Kaitlyn Kallert (Woodland Park/Passaic Valley) with single runs in the second, third and fourth innings.
Leading 8-1, Army scored on a bases loaded wild pitch to end the game on the eight-run mercy rule in the bottom of the sixth inning.
In the opener, Rider was held to two hits, both in the first inning as the Broncs lost 10-2.
Rider started the game with a walk to Washington and she worked her way around the bases with Army making two errors to give the Broncs a 1-0 lead.
Another Black Knight error scored Irving who reached on a single to right field and Rider led 2-0 after half an inning.
Army responded with seven hits in the bottom of the first inning, plating seven runs off Bronc starter freshman Delany DeMello (Roseville, Calif./Roseville).
The Black Knights used three hits in a row, the last a three-run home run to center field, increasing their lead to 10-2 with the game ending after five innings on the mercy rule.
Rider and Army met three times last season with the Black Knights sweeping a doubleheader in Lawrenceville, 11-3 and 4-2 and the Broncs winning at the Rebel Games in Florida 4-3.
Rider has lost 11 straight.
“This isn’t the effort we wanted heading into conference play,” Carroll added. “We have some work to do. The real season (MAAC play) begins on Sunday.”
The Broncs open the 2014 home schedule on Sunday when Rider hosts Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference rival Saint Peter’s University at Herb and Joan Young Field, with the doubleheader beginning at 1:00 p.m.