NIAGARA UNIVERSITY, NY—The Broncs won the third game Sunday and the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference series at Niagara two games to one. “It is big to win a conference series on the road and we finally won the third game of a series, which is also big,” said Rider head coach Barry Davis. “We played a bit more aggressive today, more of the style that I like.”
For Rider (13-24, 5-7 MAAC) junior Lee Lipinski (Glen Arm, MD/Calvert) hit his second grand slam of the season and had five RBI. “The grand slam was pretty big at the time,” Davis said. “He hit it on an 0-2 count.”
Junior Tyler Kaiser (Moorestown, NJ/Moorestown) had three of Rider’s 12 hits, including a double. “He beat out an infield single,” Davis said, “and had a good two-strike hit. He had a good day.”
Freshman Jack Finn (Ellicott City, MD/Calvert Hall), a back-up catcher, made his first start in left field and had two hits. “We’ve been waiting for a good time to put him out there,” Davis said. “Leftfield is not his forte but he does a good job. He plays hard, he can steal a base, he can run. Hopefully he can continue to play well and we can keep him in there. He does a good job in the outfield in practice, and practice counts.”
Freshman Riley Mihalik (Churchville, PA/Chestnut Hill) hit his first collegiate home run to tie the score at 1-1 in the third inning. Mihalik also doubled and scored three times. “Riley had a couple of big hits,” Davis said. “He has a lot of potential and is getting better. We like his bat in the lineup.”
Freshman Richie Tecco (Drexel Hill, PA/Monsignor Bonner), put in for defensive purposes, hit a two-run single in the ninth inning for the final score. “He did a good job in that situation,” Davis said.
Another Niagara (12-25, 7-7 MAAC) error, their fifth of the game, an RBI double by Mihalik, a two-run triple by sophomore Jake Bender (Ellicot, Md./Marriotts Ridge) and a sac fly by Lipinski gave Rider an 11-2 lead in the sixth inning.
Freshman Brett Kosciolek (Nesquehoning, PA/Tamaqua) pitched six innings, allowing three runs on seven hits while striking out three for his third win. “He did a good job,” Davis said. “He threw strikes for the most part.”
Lipinski’s grand slam gave Rider a 7-2 lead in the fifth inning.
Kaiser singled, went to second on a wild pitch and score on an error to tie the score at 2-2 in the fourth.
Two hits and a sac fly gave Niagara a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the third inning.
Senior James Locklear (Hamilton, NJ/Steinert) scored from second base on a wild pitch to give Rider a 12-3 lead in the seventh inning.
A double and an RBI single gave Niagara a 1-0 lead in the first inning.
Rider and Niagara did not meet last year. In 2014 Niagara took two of three games form the Broncs at Rider.
The last time Rider traveled to Niagara, the Broncs won all three games in 2013.
Rider and Niagara have now met 52 times since the series began in 1997, with Rider winning 36.
Rider plays St. Joseph’s at Citizen’s Bank Park on Tuesday in the Championship Game of the Liberty Bell Classic. Game time is 7:30pm. “We’re excited about that,” Davis said.