Tue, March 14, 2017/Courtesy Peter G. Borg (Rider University)
LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ – Rider University freshman baseball player Kyle Johnson (Jackson, NJ (Jackson Memorial) was named the College Sports Madness MAAC Player of the Week on Monday afternoon as announced by the website.
It marked the first time in Johnson’s young career that he has earned recognition for his play on the field.
“Kyle was the catalyst in all three games against Georgia last week setting the tone for us from the start,” Rider Head Coach Barry Davis said. “He also played exceptional defense as well. He was a significant contributor factoring into the team’s success.”
Johnson had a stellar week for Rider, hitting .429 from the leadoff spot as the Broncs took two out of three from Georgia. Johnson had three multi-hit games against the Bulldogs and he has two or more hits in four straight contests. Last week he amassed an impressive .500 on-base and had a slugging percentage of .714. Johnson stole a base, scored four runs, had three RBIs and added three extra-base hits in the series versus Georgia. He currently leads Rider with 14 hits on the spring and is batting .333.
Defensively Johnson played a solid second base, posting a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage with eight putouts and 11 assists.
Rider returns to action on Tuesday, March 14, with a non-conference road contest against Campbell that is slated to get underway at 6:00 PM. The tilt is the first of a two-game set versus the Camels in the Tar Heel State.