Rider 5, Niagara 4
LAWRENCEVILLE—Senior David Hayes (Sunrise, Fla./American Heritage) had three hits, including a game-winning three-run double, to lead Rider to a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference victory over Niagara Sunday. “David was hitting the ball hard all day,” said Rider head coach Barry Davis.
By sweeping the series Rider (24-16, 12-6 MAAC) moves into second place in the MAAC behind Canisius (11-4) and ahead of
Trailing 3-0, Rider scored five runs in the seventh inning on three hits, two walks and a hit batsman.
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Sophomore Matt McCollum (Tabernacle, N.J./Shawnee) was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, and D. Hayes followed with his third hit of the day, a double to left centerfield that cleared the bases. “Yesterday he (
“David wasn’t hitting very well early in the season, and we were moving guys around, but now I think we’ve hit on something with him in the two-hole,”
With D. Hayes batting second, Rider has won 11 of its last 14 games.
Not a typical two-hole hitter, D. Hayes seems to have found a home batting in the second spot of the order. “I like batting second,” D. Hayes said. “You get more at bats. I don’t strike out too often and I put the ball in play, so Coach tried me there and it has been working out.”
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The only draw back with D. Hayes being the designated hitter is that when his brother Jamie comes in from right field to pitch, the DH has to come out of the game. “Well, if we bring Jamie in to close, that means we’re probably winning, so I’ll take that,” D. Hayes said. “Jamie has had pretty good success.”
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Making his third collegiate start and first against a conference team, Rider freshman Patrick Devlin (
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