Home Opener Tuesday
Rider Opens Home Schedule Tuesday
LAWRENCEVILLE—With 17 schedule changes due to various forms of wet, damp and generally water related conditions of the frozen and not so frozen variety, the Rider University softball team was about to take a page from the Bronc swimmers and make the sport an aquatic event.
Fortunately, with the calendar page finally turning from March to April, they didn't have to resort to that type of April Fool’s prank as the Broncs are finally returning home after having the first 17 games away from Lawrenceville on April 1.
For the second time this season, the team will attempt to play its home opener, this time facing the Princeton Tigers in a non-conference doubleheader on Tuesday.
First pitch is scheduled for 3:00pm at Herb and Joan Young Field.
Rider (2-15) is led by junior Amanda Irving (Westminster, Md./Westminster) who enters play with a .333 batting average and she leads the team in hits (17) and RBI (7) and leads the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference with eight doubles.
In the circle, Rider is led by freshman Megan Ailand (Burlingame, Calif./Burlingame) who has a 2.10 earned run average in five appearances.
Princeton (5-17) is coming off an Ivy League doubleheader against Dartmouth that began on Saturday and took three days to complete, despite the 1-0 and 4-1 scores.
Although only separated by seven miles along Route 206 in Mercer County, Rider and Princeton haven't met on the softball diamond since May 1, 2007 when the Tigers swept the Broncs 4-0 and 5-1.
Rider and Princeton almost met this season (March 8) in Salem, Virginia but those games were cancelled by snow.
The teams have played 55 games since the series began in 1978 with Rider winning 15 times. The Broncs last won over the Tigers on May 4, 2004 when Rider took the second game of a doubleheader, 6-3 after losing the opener 7-4 in 10 innings.
The Tigers enter play having won six straight over Rider.
Tuesday is the first two games of an eight-game home stand with the Broncs hosting Lehigh April 2, Siena on April 5 and Quinnipiac on April 6. All of the dates are doubleheaders. The Lehigh game begins at 3:00 p.m., and the weekend MAAC series both begin at 1:00 p.m.
This is Rider's longest home stand since a 14-game stretch at Herb and Joan Young Field in 2008.
Rider’s complete (and updated) schedule is on-line at GoBroncs.com and all home events will have LiveStats available on game day via links on the schedule page.
Join the Broncs on Tuesday for the home opener and help Rider celebrate Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day. And no foolin', the home schedule will finally begin on April 1.