Rider 8, NJIT 1

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Release: April 16, 2008
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Devlin wins first collegiate start
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Rider University 8, NJIT 1


LAWRENCEVILLE— Junior Sean Olson (Vineland, N.J./St. Augustine Prep) collected five hits and freshman pitcher Patrick Devlin (Richboro, Pa./Council Rock North) won his first collegiate start as the Broncs defeated the New Jersey Institute of Technology Wednesday. “It was a good, solid game,” said Rider head coach Barry Davis. “We played pretty good defense, we pitched well, we hit the ball with two outs and with two strikes. A fairly complete game.”


The three, four and five hitters in the Rider (18-14) line up were a combined 12 for 14, led by Olson’s three doubles, giving him 10 doubles on the season. “That’s what you want out of your three-four-five hitters,” Davis said. “We would certainly like to carry that into the weekend.”


“Maybe high school, maybe I had five hits in a game then,” Olson said.  “I’m starting to hit the off speed pitch a little better. I think that is what’s been helping me out. I don’t see too many fastballs and I’m starting to hit the off speed pitches harder.”


“Five hits, that’s pretty good,” Davis said. “Five for five is a pretty good day.  He hit the ball hard every time up. You do that good things will happen.”


Freshman Mason Heyne (Shrewsbury, Pa./Susquehannock) stayed hot (13 hits, 6 doubles in last six games) with four hits and two RBI, while junior Maurice Williams (Ocean, N.J./Monmouth Regional) added three hits.


Devlin pitched six innings and struck out eight, allowing just one first-inning run on five hits and a pair of walks. “I felt good today,” said Devlin, who pitched a two-hitter in the second round of the Pennsylvania High School State playoffs last year for Council Rock North.  “The fastball was working nicely today, spotting up. I found out last week I was starting today and have been pumped up ever since.”


“Devlin was good today,” Davis said. “He settled in and pitched better as the game went on.  His stuff was good and he threw strikes today. Hopefully this is something he can build on next time he goes out.”


The Broncs supported Devlin with 16 hits. “That helped a lot,” Devlin said. “He was a bit looser today once we got him some runs,” Davis said.


NJIT (2-30) took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on a pair of infield hits and a stolen base.


The Broncs tied the score at 1-1 in the first inning on an RBI single by Henye, took a 2-1 lead in the third inning on two hits and two Highlander errors, and made it 5-1 in the fourth inning on Olson’s RBI double.


Olson also stole a base, his fourth in four attempts this season. “All delayed steals,” said Olson, who is not known best for his blazing speed. “I try to catch them off guard. I don’t straight steal too much.”


Junior James Hayes (Sunrise, Fla./Piper) had two hits, scored two runs , stole two bases and threw a runner out at the plate to end the fourth inning.


“It was good to play a home game,” Davis said. “We haven’t been home in a while (nine games on the road since playing home on April 1).


The Broncs came out strong after losing at Monmouth on Tuesday. “Yesterday’s loss was tough, so we knew today coming in that we had to get some momentum going for this weekend,” Olson said.


“It’s important to come out and play well after any loss you have,” Davis said.


Rider travels to Fairfield CT for a three-game series with the Stags Saturday and Sunday. “I think Fairfield’s second in the conference so we have to play our best up there,” Olson said.


“It’s going to be tough up there,” Davis said.  Fairfield is playing well.”


Rider will just have to play another ‘complete game.’



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