Rider University 4, Siena College 3
Siena College 4, Rider University 3
LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ—The Broncs split a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference doubleheader with Siena Sunday afternoon. “I don’t know what the playoff implications are now but I’m sure this will make it tougher for us to make it,” said Rider head coach Barry Davis.
In the first game, Rider (14-31, 6-13 MAAC) scored two runs in the fifth inning when senior Ken Kremer (Hershey, PA/Hershey) and junior Nick Richter (Fox River Grove, Ill./Cary-Grove) each singled and scored to give Rider a 4-2 lead. “We had some clutch hits,” Davis said.
Kremer had two of Rider’s five hits and made an outstanding catch in left field. “He looked like a natural out there,” Davis said. “He had two great catches. He did a great job for us today.”
“I think that was my third game in leftfield,” said Kremer, who has played 136 Rider games and his last home game on Sunday. “I tried to get the most out of my career. I’ve liked all of the positions I’ve played, especially outfield today. That was fun.”
Richter stole another base and now has 38 on the season, most in Division I and just two shy of the Rider record that was set in 1967.
Junior Zach Mawson (Magnolia, DE/Caesar Rodney) pitched into the sixth inning, allowing just one earned run for his fourth win of the season. “I thought Zach threw fine,” Davis said. “He has pitched well the last few times out.”
Freshman Josh Sharik (Ewing, NJ/Plumstead Christian) pitched the final inning and two-thirds for the save, his first. “Sharik did a good job when he came in,” Davis said.
“The first game went well.” Kremer said. “The second game we really wanted to win but that’s how baseball is.”
In the second game Siena (19-29, 16-6 MAAC) scored three runs in the eighth inning on three hits, a hit batter and a Rider error to take a 4-2 lead.
Rider junior Justin Thomas (Richboro, PA/Council Rock South) hit a solo home run in the ninth inning for the final score.
Fazio hit his fifth career home run in the first inning, a two-run shot, to give Rider a 2-0 lead. “We competed,” Davis said. “We were in the ball game.”
Locklear had two of Rider’s seven hits in the second game.
Rider pitcher junior Kurt Sowa (Bensalem, PA/Fr. Judge) pitched seven and one-third innings, striking out six and left the game with a 2-1 lead.
Rider plays at La Salle Tuesday at 3pm. The final MAAC series is Thursday and Saturday at Iona. “Any time you play you want to win,” Davis said, “and Tuesday will be no different. School is over so we’re just going to go there and try to play a good ball game.”
“We have four must-win games coming up,” Kremer said. “That’s how we are looking at it.”