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BUIES CREEK, NC – The Rider University baseball team fell to host Campbell University, 7-5, in non-conference action on Tuesday afternoon at Jim Perry Stadium. The Broncs (5-7) suffered their second road loss in a row, while the Camels (7-9) have won two of their last three at home.
Trailing, 7-0, in the eighth, Rider would not go down without a fight. The Broncs plated three runs in the frame and loaded the bases with two outs before Campbell reliever, Wyatt Tyson, got out of the jam. In the eighth inning, pinch hitter Dallas Clark (Moorestown, NJ/Moorestown) walked with the bases loaded and junior infielder Jake Bender (Ellicott City, MD/Marriotts Ridge) delivered a two-run single to left for the guests.
After a scoreless bottom half of the frame, Rider cut the deficit to just two runs at 7-5 in the top of the ninth courtesy of a two-run home run to left field by senior Lee Lipinski (Glen Arm, MD/Calvert Hall) with two outs. The Camels would retire the batter following Lipinski’s homer to escape with the win.
Campbell broke the game open with five runs in the second stanza. In the inning, the Camels had just two hits and took advantage of three walks and a hit by pitch. All the damage in the second came with two outs. The hosts added single insurance runs in both the fifth and sixth innings.
Offensively, Harrison McClure (Atlanta, GA/South Florida State/North Atlanta), Riley Mihalik (Churchville, PA/Chestnut Hill Academy) and Bender all had multi-hit games for Rider. Lipinski and Bender both had two RBIs apiece for the Broncs as well. Lipinski now has a team-high eight RBIs on the season.
On the mound, freshman John Yocum (Easton, PA/Freedom) was saddled with the loss for the Broncs. Yocum, who is now 0-2 on the spring, worked 5.2 innings and allowed all seven Camel runs, while surrendering six hits and walking six Campbell batters. The up-and-down start also saw the first-year hurler strike out a career-high seven hitter