Drexel University 5, Rider University 0
Florida A&M University 6, Rider University 5
KISSIMMEE, Fla.March 13, 2016 (CNBNewsnet)—Despite holding a 5-2 lead heading to the bottom of the sixth inning, the Rider University softball team was sent to its ninth loss in a row, falling to the Rattlers of Florida A&M 6-5 on a walk off single in the bottom of the seventh inning in the second game at the Rebel Spring Games in Florida Sunday afternoon.
“Against Florida A&M, overall that is the best we've played,” said head coach Jaci Timko, in her first season at Rider. "We were able to wake our bats up and score first. The defense executed but we just could not close at the end when we needed to. Overall I saw great improvement with our consistency and now we just need to finish through seven innings. If we were able to battle like this in, I can't wait to see what we will do the rest of this week."
Rider lost the opener to Drexel 5-0 Sunday morning.
Trailing 5-4 entering the bottom of the seventh inning in game two, the Rattlers tied the game 5-5 with a lead-off home run.
Senior Dana Sensi (Allentown) hit her second home run of the season and the 22nd of her career, to give Rider (0-9) a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning.
Sensi, who had two hits on the day, now has 154 career hits, 18th best all-time at Rider.
Trailing 2-1, Rider scored three times in the top of the fourth inning, taking advantage of a Rattler error and passed ball combined with a double steal and an RBI single from senior Emily Cottrell (Beachwood/Toms River HS South), along with an RBI ground out from freshman Kiera Swank (Bear, Del./Caravel Academy).
Rider made it 5-2 with two outs in the top of the fifth inning on an RBI single from Sensi, scoring junior Morgan Benedetti (Ewing) who reached on a single to right field.
Benedetti had two of Rider’s nine hits in the game and she had three hits on the day.
Florida A&M got to within 5-4 in the bottom of the sixth inning, stringing together three hits, including a two-run triple with two outs.
Sophomore Kaitlyn Kallert (Woodland Park/Passaic Valley) pitched four innings of relief and worked two batters into the seventh inning to pick up the loss, allowing four earned runs while recording two strikeouts.
Also for the Broncs in game two, sophomore Toni Nino (Adelanto, Calif./Silverado) went three for three with a run scored.
In the opener, Drexel held Rider to four hits and used a complete game from Tara Konopka who recorded nine strikeouts to defeat the Broncs 5-0.
Against Drexel, the defense played great,” Timko said. “We just did not have the bats and those timely hits that break it open.”
Kallert worked the first two and 1/3 innings, allowing three earned runs with two strikeouts to pick up the loss.
Drexel scored one in the first inning on a two-out single, walk and RBI single to take a 1-0 lead.
An RBI double down the left field line and sacrifice bunt led to two runs for the Dragons in the top of the third inning, giving the Dragons a three-run lead and Drexel used two RBI bunts and three hits in the top of the seventh to plate two runs for the final score.
Rider plays the University at Albany and Bucknell University on Monday at the Rebel Games in Florida.