Annual Cranberry Black Series Saturday
LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ—When the trees overlooking the outfield of Sonny Pittaro Field begin to turn a variety of beautiful colors, it means it is time for the Annual Cranberry and Black Series.
Marking its 12th year, the Cranberry and Black Series is a best three out of five game series, each game consisting of three innings, which brings an official end to the Rider fall baseball season.
The first pitch will be Saturday, October 17 at 10:30 am.
Team Cranberry, named after Rider’s founder, Andrew J. Rider, the Cranberry King of North America, leads the all-time series seven to four.
Last year the Cranberries won three games to zero.
The Black team won in three straight in 2013, the only time Cranberry has lost since 2008.
This year the Cranberries will be led by the pitching of sophomore Nick Margevicius (North Royalton, Ohio/Saint Ignatius) and the offense of sophomore outfielder Brian Uliana (Bethlehem, PA/Freedom), junior catcher Lee Lipinski and senior second baseman Patrick Murphy (McHenry, Ill./McHenry).
Margevicius won five games in 2015 as a rookie and had a 4-1 record vs. MAAC teams during the regular season. He was second on the team in innings pitched last year.
Uliana had the highest batting average on the 2015 Rider squad (.363) with 20 hits in 20 games.
Lipinski is one of the few veterans on the roster this year. He has made over 50 starts in his career, including 20 behind the plate last year.
Murphy started 41 games last season, including the first 32 games of the season at second base, and had 30 hits.
Hirschy was 3-0 in seven games on the mound as a rookie last season, making three starts.