press release July 8, 2015
Rider Grad Hits Game-Winner in Pro Debut
TRAVERSE CITY, MICHIGAN—Recent Rider University graduate Eric Strano of Robbinsville, NJ knocked in the game-winning run in his professional baseball debut Tuesday night.
A 2015 First Team All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference catcher, Strano got the call on Sunday to sign with the Southern Illinois Miners of the Frontier League. He drove 14 hours to meet the team in Michigan and started Tuesday night.
With one out in the fifth inning, Strano singled to leftfield to break a 1-1 tie and the Miners went on to defeat the Traverse City Beach Bums 2-1.
Strano also flew out, struck out and walked in his pro debut.
As a senior at Rider Strano batted .400 against MAAC pitchers, leading Rider to the MAAC Regular Season Title. The All-MAAC catcher was also a MAAC All-Academic team member. He started 45 games in 2015, 31 behind the plate.
Strano started 142 games in his Rider career and collected 121 hits, including 14 doubles and one home run, hit on Senior Day in his final home game.
The Miners were the 2014 Frontier League East Division Champions and won the entire Frontier League in 2012.
The Frontier League, based in Sauget, Illinois, is a professional, independent baseball organization located in the Midwest. The league was formed in 1993 and is the oldest running independent league.