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Rider Splits a Doubleheader With Monmouth on Senior Day

Courtesy: Rider Sports Information
         
Release: May 14, 2017
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Courtesy: Claire Leger
LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ – The Rider University baseball team split a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) doubleheader with Monmouth on Sunday afternoon at Sonny Pittaro Field. The Broncs (19-26-1, 11-12 MAAC) took the opener, 11-4, and the Hawks (17-26, 9-11) blanked the hosts, 8-0, in the nightcap.

In the opener, Monmouth opened the scoring with two runs in the top of the first and the Hawks would add an unearned run in the second to hold a 3-0 edge. After Rider clawed back with two in the bottom half of the second, Monmouth would stretch their lead back to two in the fifth with an insurance run. The Broncs rallied to take the lead in the home half of the seventh, scoring four unearned runs thanks to a pair of Hawk miscues. The hosts piled on five more runs in the eighth to put the game out of reach.
 
In the finale, Monmouth scored two runs in the second and broke the game open with a six-run outburst in the third. The Hawks got a complete-game shutout from Ryan Lillie to earn the split.

Offensively, senior third basemen Mike Volaski (Oxnard, CA/Oxnard/Ventura Community College) led the charge for Rider in the opener going 2-for-4 with three RBIs. Both first basemen Jake Bender (Ellicott City, MD/Marriotts Ridge) and catcher Lee Lipinski (Glen Arm, MD/Calvert Hall) also chipped in two RBIs apiece in game one. Lipinski collected two hits in the game and scored three runs, while stealing his career-high fifth base of the season.

In the finale, Rider mustered just three hits as they were shutout for the fourth time in conference play this year. Volaski, Lipinski and Christian Estevez (River Edge, NJ/River Dell) all had one hit apiece in game two.

On the mound, junior lefty Nick Margevicius (North Royalton, OH/Saint Ignatius) tossed a complete game in the opener to earn his sixth victory of the spring. Margevicius (6-3) went the distance and scattered nine hits, while allowing four runs (three earned). He struck out four Hawks in the game and walked just one. In game two, freshman John Yocum (Easton, PA/Freedom) was saddled with the loss for the Broncs. Yocum (3-4) went 3.1 innings and allowed eight runs (six earned). He surrendered nine hits and struck out one, while walking three hitters.

NOTES & QUOTES
“Nick pitched a terrific game,” Rider Head Coach Barry Davis said. "To go all nine was impressive. We were also 5-for-6 with a runner on third and less than two outs. That's excellent."

"Game two got away from us," Davis added. "Can't get three hits and expect to win. And we didn't. It's a big one tomorrow. We must be ready to bounce back."
 
- Margevicius retired the side in order in the third, fourth, sixth, seventh and eighth innings of game one. In total, from the end of the second through the start of the fifth, he set down eight straight Hawks. He also retired 12 Monmouth batters in a row from the end of the fifth through the middle of the ninth. 
- Lipinski's multi-hit game in the opener was his 10th of the season. It also marked the seventh time this spring he has recorded two or more RBIs in a game. 
- Volaski's two-hit game was his 11th multi-hit game of the spring. It was also his fourth game with three or more RBIs in 2017.  
- Yocum retired seven of the first eight hitters he faced in game two before Monmouth reeled off three straight hits to open the scoring. 
- On Tuesday, Yocum was tabbed as the MAAC Rookie of the Week. It marked the second time this season that he has earned the weekly distinction. He is the only first-year pitcher in the league to receive the accolade more than once.

BRONCS BY THE NUMBERS
- The complete game was the second of the season for Margevicius. He is now 6-3 with a 2.47 ERA in 80 innings pitched this spring. He has struck out 69 batters and walked 20. He has a WHIP of 1.23 in 2017. 
- Davis now has 899 career victories as a head coach.
- Jordan Silverman tossed 3.2 innings of scoreless relief to close out the finale for the Broncs. He allowed just one hit and struck out one batter. He lowered his season ERA to 3.08 which ranks second on the team behind Margevicius. 
- Lipinski's average jumped nine points to .295 thanks to a three-hit day.

ON DECK
Rider and Monmouth conclude a three-game MAAC series with a single, nine-inning contest on Monday, May 15, at 2:00 pm from Sonny Pittaro Field. Toeing the rubber for the Broncs in their final MAAC game of the regular season will be freshman Pete Soporowski.


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