Arneth and Diorio Propel Rider Past Youngstown State
NILES, OH – Sophomore first basemen Riley Mihalik (Churchville, PA/Chestnut Hill Academy) went 2-for-3 with three runs scored and one RBI to lead the Rider University baseball team past Youngstown State, 6-2, on Thursday afternoon at Eastwood Field. The Broncs (21-26-1) won their second game in a row, while the Penguins (15-38) lost their 10th straight contest.
Rider opened the scoring, plating a run in the second inning. In the third, the guests would add a pair to stretch their lead to three. After Youngstown cut the deficit to two with a run in the bottom half of the third, the Broncs would add a single run in the fifth, seventh and eighth frames to put the game out of reach.
Offensively, three Rider players had multi-hit games led by Mihalik. Both senior outfielder Tyler Kaiser (Moorestown, NJ/Moorestown) and sophomore Richie Tecco (Drexel Hill, PA/Monsignor Bonner) had two hits apiece for the Broncs as well. Also at the dish, Lee Lipinski (Glen Arm, MD/Calvert Hall) had two RBIs.
On the mound, sophomore Anthony Arneth (Pine Beach, NJ/Central Regional) scattered four hits and allowed just one earned run over five solid innings of work to pick up the victory. In his strongest start of the spring, he struck out one Penguin without surrendering a walk. Out of the bullpen, senior Mike Diorio (Middletown, NJ/Middletown HS South) tossed the final four innings for Rider to earn his first save of the year.
NOTES & QUOTES
“It was a great job by Anthony and Mike,” Rider Head Coach Barry Davis said. “They saved our pen for the final two games. Hopefully we can finish strong.”
“We moved the ball around,” Davis added. “We got the fly ball when we needed it and got the ground ball when we needed it. We put together some good, solid at-bats as well as good situational hitting. It was a nice win for us.”
- The outing was the longest of Arneth's season and his career. In his fourth career start, he lowered his ERA and picked up his second win of the season.
- Both of Mihalik's hits were doubles. He no leads the team with 11 on the season. He also now has 23 RBI in 2017.
- Diorio's outing was his longest of the year as he scattered five hits and gave up one earned run, while striking out one. The save was also the first of his career.
- Kaiser's multi-hit game was his 12th of the season. He leads the team with a .294 batting average.
- Tecco's multi-hit game was his 11th of the year.
BRONCS BY THE NUMBERS
- Joe Simone's sac fly gave him four RBIs on the year.
- The contest marked the first-ever meeting between the Broncs and the Penguins.
- Davis now has 901 career wins as a head coach.
- Lipinski is now second on the team with 26 RBIs.
- Eight of the nine Bronc starters had a hit in the game.
Rider and Youngstown State continue their three-game series with a matinee on Friday, May 19, that is slated to begin at 11:00 am.
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