Rider 7, Saint Joseph's 5

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Release: April 24, 2012
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Rider University 7, Saint Joseph's University 5

MERION STATION, Pa.--Rider won at Saint Joseph's Tuesday afternoon. "We found a way to win a ball game, which was important," said Rider head coach Barry Davis.

The Broncs (13-26, 7-8 MAAC) scored four runs in the third inning on three hits, a hit batsman, a sacrifice fly and two errors to take a 7-5 lead.

A sacrifice fly by freshman Eric Strano (Robbinsville) tied the score at 5-5. Freshman Greg Fazio (Far Hills/Ridge), who singled, stole home on a double steal to give Rider a 6-5 lead. "We were trying to be aggressive there," Davis said.

An RBI single by freshman Mike Parsons (Liverpool, NY) gave Rider a 7-5 lead.

Parsons and freshman Justin Thomas (Richboro, PA/Council Rock South) each had two of Rider's nine hits. "Thomas had a big day," Davis said.

Rider scored two runs in the second inning on three hits, including a solo home run by Thomas, to cut the Hawk lead to 5-3.

Saint Joseph's (17-23, 7-4 A-10) scored five runs in the first inning on four hits, including two doubles, two walks and a pair of Rider errors. "We got off to a rough start," Davis said.

The Broncs took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Parsons led off with a walk and after singles by sophomore Nick Crescenzo (Hammonton, NJ/Hammonton) and junior Ian Lindsay (Oaklyn/Haddon Twp.) scored on a ground out by junior Adam Wayman (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./G.A.R. Memorial).

Rider graduate student Ryan Murphy (Yardville, N.J./Steinert) scored twice.

Rider sophomore Kyle Kennett (Spring Lake, NJ/St. Rose) and junior Chris Taylor (Sterling, VA/Dominion) combined to pitch three innings of scoreless relief.

"The bullpen did well today," Davis said.

Freshman Zach Mawson (Magnolia, DE/Caesar Rodney) pitched the ninth inning, collecting his third save. "Kennett, Taylor and Mawson did a good job," Davis said.

Rider freshman David Hafer (Pine Grove, PA) pitched five innings, allowing five runs on six hits and struck out four for his first collegiate win. "Once he settled down he was fine," Davis said. "He was able to work through it."

This was the 54th meeting between Rider and Saint Joseph's. Rider leads the all-time series, that began in 1946, 38-16. Rider and Saint Joseph's were East Coast Conference rivals from 1975-1982 and Middle Atlantic Conference University Division rivals in the 1960s and early 1970s.

The Broncs host Princeton University Wednesday at 3:30pm. Rider won 6-3 at Princeton last year to take a 24-23 advantage in the series that began in 1959. The Tigers won at Rider in 11 innings in 2010.

"We have a chance to get some momentum going," Davis said.

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