Courtesy Peter G. Borg (Rider University)
BALTIMORE, MD – Amanda Crimarco (Levittown, NY/Kellenberg) and Maddy Chain (Gloucester High NJ/Gloucester City) had four hits apiece as the Rider University softball team swept Coppin State, 6-3 and 6-5, Monday afternoon at UMBC. Crimarco homered, drove in four and scored twice as the Broncs improved to 2-11. Chain also added a pair of RBI’s and a run scored. Coppin State falls to 2-16 with the losses.
After the Eagles struck for two in the second inning of Game 1, the Broncs scored one in the third, three in the fourth and two more in the fifth to take a 6-2 lead. Chain’s RBI single in the third got things started, before an Amanda Jordan(Somerset, NJ/Franklin Township) single tied the game and two more runs scored on another Chain single. Ellie Oruska (Chadds Ford, PA/Garnet Valley) added her second home run in as many days to push the lead to 5-2, before Alexa Feliciano(Thousand Oaks, CA/Oak Park) scored on a Toni Nino (Adelanto, CA/Silverado) groundout to make it 6-2. A Nicole Ullman RBI triple for UMBC in the bottom of the seventh cut the Broncs’ lead to 6-3, but Rider pitcher Emily Oltman (Collegeville, PA/Perkiomen Valley) settled down to record the final three outs and close out the victory.
The Eagles again jumped out on top with a run in the first of Game 2, but Crimarco’s three-run home run in the top of the second gave the Broncs a 3-1 lead. Monica Clark (Bryn Mawr, PA/Archbishop Carroll) followed suit with a solo blast in the third before Coppin State used errors, walks, wild pitches and a sacrifice fly to score three and tie the game at 4-4 after four. Rider put its first three batters on in the fifth and scratched across runs on a Feliciano groundout and a Crimarco single to make it 6-4. The Eagles would cut the lead in half at 6-5 with a run in the bottom of the fifth, but the