Broncs fall to UNCG, UMKC
CONWAY, SC – Senior Delany DeMello (Roseville, CA/Roseville) went 3-for-4, but the Rider University softball team fell to the University of North Carolina Greensboro, 6-0, and the University of Missouri-Kansas City, 8-0, Saturday on Day 2 of the Battle at the Beach, hosted by Coastal Carolina. With the losses, the Broncs slip to 0-4, while the Spartans improve to 4-3 and the Kangaroos are now 2-5.
DeMello went 2-for-2 against the Spartans, while Toni Nino (Adelanto, CA/Silverado), Gabby Bram (Jackson, NJ/Red Bank Catholic) and Josettee Spencer (Hillsborough, NJ/Hillsborough) also added a hit apiece. The Spartans scored two each in the second and third innings, while adding single runs in the fourth and sixth to secure the 6-0 win.
Against the Kangaroos, DeMello, Elyse Cuttic (Easton, PA/Bethlehem Catholic) and Alexa Feliciano (Thousand Oaks, CA/Oak Park) added a hit apiece. UMKC built a 5-0 lead through four and walked off with a three-run bottom of the fifth.
“Much better outing. We adjusted at the plate and had some quality at bats. Now we need to string together some of those hits and turn them into runs. Delany DeMello had a day, both at the plate and on the mound.” - Rider Head Coach Jaclyn Timko
BRONCS BY THE NUMBERS
• DeMello’s three hits push her season average to a team-leading .600 (3-for-5). She also made her first start of the season in the circle, taking the loss against UNCG.
• A day after being limited to one hit in 10 innings, the Broncs tallied eight hits in 12 innings.
• The Broncs were plagued by the double-play ball, grounding into four twin killings on the day.
The Broncs wrap up play at the Battle at the Beach tomorrow, when they face UMKC at 10 a.m.
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