LAWRENCEVILLE—Junior Maurice Williams (Ocean, N.J./Monmouth Regional) had four hits and freshman Mason Heyne (Shrewsbury, Pa./Susquehannock) had three RBI to lead Rider to victory over Long Island University Wednesday. “It’s always good to win a game after you lose,” said Rider head coach Barry Davis. “It certainly wasn’t pretty.”
Rider (21-16) took a 9-8 lead in the sixth inning when junior James Hayes (Sunrise, Fla./Piper) struck out but reached first on a wild pitch, and went all the way to third on a bad throw from the LIU catcher. Hayes scored on a ground out to give Rider the lead for good. “We took advantage of a couple of their errors, and that was good to see,”
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Sophomore Matt McCollum (Tabernacle, N.J./Shawnee) hit a pinch hit two-run home run in the seventh inning to give Rider an 11-8 lead. “He threw me an inside slider and it hung a little bit,” said McCollum, whose home run was just the second hit by a Bronc at Sonny Pittaro field this season. “I’ve been swinging at bad pitches lately but that was right down the middle. With a runner on first I was just trying to pull the ball through the hole,” said the left-handed McCollum. “I was looking for something middle in and got it.”
“I thought the match-up was good,”
Rider tied the score at 8-8 in the fifth inning when Williams led off with a single and eventually scored on a ground ball.
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Rider scored six runs in the third inning on six hits, with Heyne hitting a two-run double, freshman Steve Galella (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./G.A.R. Memorial) hitting an RBI triple and sophomore Eric Woodrow (Hamilton, N.J./Hamilton West) adding an RBI double, to give the Broncs a 7-2 lead.
LIU (11-25) came back to score four runs in the fourth inning and two more in the fifth inning to take an 8-7 lead. Rider defeated LIU 6-2 on April 8 in