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Rider Presents Team Awards

LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ—The Rider University baseball team presented its individual awards recently. Junior Lee Lipinski (Glen Arm, MD/Calvert) was named the team Most Valuable Player, sophomore Nick Margevicius (North Royalton, Ohio/St. Ignatius) was named the Most Valuable Pitcher and junior Tyler Kaiser(Moorestown, NJ/Moorestown) was named the Most Improved Player. Lipinski played in 47 games, starting 44, and led the team in RBI (27) and home runs (five) and was second in walks (21). Lipinski started 39 games behind the plate and threw out 19 runners attempting to steal. Margevicius earned Second Team All-MAAC honors this season. The left-hander owned a team-best 2.57 earned run average which ranked second best in the MAAC. He also led Rider in victories (four) and strikeouts (67 in 77 innings). His... Read more →


Nine Broncs MAAC All-Academic

Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia) 9 Rider Broncs MAAC All-Academic POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y.—Nine members of the Rider University softball team were named to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference All-Academic team it was announced Wednesday evening at the post-season awards banquet. Seniors Montana Berg (Danville, Calif./Monte Vista), Samantha Judd (Thousand Oaks, Calif./Westlake), Dana Sensi (Allentown) and Kim Valdes (Jupiter, Fla./King's Academy), juniors Morgan Benedetti (Ewing), Amanda Crimarco (Levittown, N.Y./Kellenberg) and Kaitlyn Kallert (Woodland Park/Passaic Valley) and sophomores Monica Clark (Bryn Mawr, Pa./Archbishop Carroll) and Samantha Collura (Lambertville/Hopewell Valley Central) were all honored for a grade point average over a 3.20. Clark is a Finance and Sports Management major with a 3.82 grade point average, Berg is an Accounting major with a 3.78 g.p.a., Collura... Read more →


Broncs Swept by Quinnipiac

LAWRENCEVILLE—The Rider University softball team lost a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference doubleheader to Quinnipiac University on Saturday afternoon at Herb and Joan Young Field. “We swung the bat well,” said head coach Jaci Timko. “We worked the count and had great looks but hit the ball right at them and they made all the plays. We did the right things but it didn’t work in our favor.” In game two, despite the team-leading eighth home run of the season from seniorEmily Cottrell (Beachwood/Toms River HS South) the Broncs lost 9-3. Trailing 6-0 in the nightcap, Cottrell launched a solo home run over the left center field fence to get the Broncs on the board. Rider got to within 6-2 in the bottom of the sixth... Read more →


College Softball: Rider and Niagara Split Double-Header

NIAGARA UNIVERSITY, N.Y.—When you have your 10th all-time leading hitter at the plate in a tie game with the bases loaded, good things are bound to happen. And sometimes the leadership presence and patience of that senior prevails above all. With the score tied 4-4 in the top of the sixth inning, senior Dana Sensi(Allentown) worked a one-out, bases loaded walk, her second bases loaded walk of the game, to give the Rider University softball team a 5-4, Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference win at Niagara University on Saturday afternoon and a conference doubleheader split. The Purple Eagles used the mercy rule and defeated the Broncs 10-2 in game one. In the nightcap, Sensi was walked for the third time in the game, scoring juniorMorgan Benedetti... Read more →


College Softball : Columbia University 2, Rider University 1

NEW YORK, N.Y.—Despite two hits from junior Morgan Benedetti (Ewing), the Rider University softball team lost 2-1 at Columbia on Wednesday afternoon in a non-conference game. Trailing 2-0 in the top of the sixth inning, senior Dana Sensi (Allentown) hit her fourth home run of the season and 24th of her career, getting the Broncs to within 2-1. Sensi’s 178 career hits are tied for 10th all-time at Rider. “Our bats were not in it today,” said head coach Jaci Timko. “We took too many pitches and the ones we did swing at, we couldn’t find the holes in their defense.” Columbia led off the bottom of the first inning with a walk and a one out double down the right field line gave the... Read more →


College Baseball Saint Joseph’s University 5, Rider University 3

PHILADELPHIA, PA- In defense of their 2015 Title, the Rider Broncs lost to Saint Joseph’s in the Championship Game of the 2016 Liberty Bell Classic Wednesday night at Citizen’s Bank Park. “It was a good ball game,” said Rider head coachBarry Davis. “Hopefully we will benefit from this experience and maybe get back here next year.” Rider (13-25) junior Lee Lipinski (Glen Arm, MD/Calvert) hit a two run home run, his fourth home run of the season, to give Rider a 2-0 lead in the first inning. “Lee had a big home run to start the game,” Davis said. The stadium tracker estimated the home run at 350 feet. Saint Joseph’s (21-15) scored two runs in the second inning and two in the third to... Read more →


Rider Athletics Hall of Fame June 11, 2016

Rider Broncs athletic logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia) LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ—An NBA player, former professional soccer and baseball players, an All-American wrestler and the first women’s soccer player will be inducted into the Rider University Athletics Hall of Fame June 11. Jason Thompson ’08 of basketball, Jim McKeown ‘81 of soccer, Kevin Connolly ’75 of baseball, Don Fisch ’08 of wrestling and Sarah Artale ’03 of soccer make up the 2016 class. Thompson was an Associated Press Honorable Mention All-America, US Basketball Writers’ Association District II Player of the Year, the National Association of Basketball Coaches All-District 3 selection, MAAC Player of the Year and the MAAC Defensive Player of the Year at Rider. He compiled 2,040 points (third most ever at Rider) and a Rider-record 1,171... Read more →


Rider University 14, Niagara University 5

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... Read more →


College Softball: Siena over Rider

LAWRENVILLE—The Rider University softball team was swept in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference doubleheader against Siena College on Saturday afternoon at Herb and Joan Young Field. “We came out with a good approach and got some runs on the board,” said head coach Jaci Timko. “We competed but it was little things here and there (defense and base running) that caused the losses. It was two hard fought games.” Trailing 3-0 in the bottom of the fourth inning, Rider cut the deficit to two runs when senior Montana Berg (Danville, Calif./Monte Vista) singled with juniorJosettee Spencer (Hillsborough) scoring from second on an error by the Siena catcher. Spencer led off the inning with a single, and also tripled in game two for four hits on... Read more →


Rider Splits Doubleheader with Niagara

College Baseball NIAGARA UNIVERSITY, NY—The Broncs split a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference doubleheader at Niagara Saturday. “We got excellent starting pitching today,” said Rider head coachBarry Davis. In the second game senior James Locklear (Hamilton, NJ/Steinert) had three hits and a pair of RBI. He now has 164 career hits, 35th most ever at Rider. “Lock had a big game,” Davis said. “He had a good day.” Junior Vincenzo Aiello (Staten Island, NY/Tottenville) pitched a complete game, allowing one run on six hits and a walk while striking out four. “Vinnie was pretty strong from the get-go,” Davis said. “He was in the zone and he attacked it.” It was his fourth complete game of the season. Aiello has allowed just two earned runs in... Read more →


College Softball: Lafayette Sweeps Rider in Doubleheader

EASTON, Pa.—The Rider University softball team was swept in a non-conference doubleheader on Sunday after at Metzgar Fields in Easton. The Leopards came from behind to win 10-5 in the opener and held on to win the nightcap 8-7. “We had a lot of opportunities but could not finish,” said head coach Jaci Timko. “A couple of small things could have gotten us a win and maybe two wins. Overall, we just need to battle from the opening pitch.” In game one, sophomore Toni Nino (Adelanto, Calif./Silverado) singled to shortstop with one out in the first inning and after a single by senior Dana Sensi(Allentown), Nino and Sensi executed a double steal to give the Broncs an early 1-0 lead. Nino stole three bases in... Read more →


College Baseball: Canisius College 15, Rider University 5

LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ—The Broncs scored five runs in the last four innings but it was not enough to defeat Canisius in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference game Sunday. “We kept battling,” said Rider head coach Barry Davis. “I don’t think that we quit.” Canisius (17-18, 8-4 MAAC) collected 20 hits off of seven Rider (11-22, 3-6 MAAC) pitchers on Sunday to win the series two games to one. “We haven’t been able to win the third game of a series yet,” Davis said. “We need to find the right ingredients to do that.” The defending MAAC Champion, Canisius scored four runs in the first inning on three hits and a Rider error. “It is frustrating to come into the game knowing that it’s an important game... Read more →


Broncs Split Doubleheader with Sacred Heart U

Rider University 4, Sacred Heart University 2 Sacred Heart University 7, Rider University 4 LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ—The Broncs split a doubleheader with perennial Northeast Conference power Sacred Heart on Sunday to win the series two games to one. “Sacred Heart is a good team with solid pitching,” said Rider head coach Barry Davis, “so we’ll take winning the series against them.” Sacred Heart won the NEC last year for the third time in the last five years. The Pioneers have been in the NEC Title Game the last seven years and are currently 6-1 in the NEC. In the first game on Sunday Rider junior Vincenzo Aiello (Staten Island, NY/Tottenville) pitched a complete game, allowing just one earned run and one walk while striking out seven.... Read more →


College Baseball: Lions Sweep William Paterson U

Wayne, NJ … The College of New Jersey baseball team continued its outstanding season, sweeping William Paterson University on the road on Sunday afternoon. The Lions won by scores of 11-3 and 11-0 to raise their overall record to 18-4 and push their New Jersey Athletic Conference mark to 3-2. The Pioneers fell to 14-10 on the season and 3-2 in the NJAC. Game 1: TCNJ 11 WPU 3 Senior Steven Volpe (Cherry Hill, NJ/Eastern Regional) went seven strong innings to raise his record to 4-0 on the season. He had plenty of run support as the offense rapped out 14 hits and took advantage of four WPU errors. Every batter in the line-up has at least one hit and five players produced multiple hits.... Read more →


College Softball :Rider University 5, Iona College 2 Iona College 8, Rider University 5

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y.—Trailing 2-0 entering the top of the seventh inning, the Rider University softball team rallied for five runs in the opening game of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference doubleheader against Iona College as the Broncs split two games against the Gaels on Sunday afternoon. “Winning the first conference game feels great,” said first year head coach Jaci Timko. “Especially when we trailed the entire game. Overall, we are starting to hit the ball on a more consistent basis so I’m happy with that progress.” Iona rallied from a 3-0, first inning deficit to defeat Rider 8-5 in game two. Trailing 2-0 in the top of the seventh inning, senior Emily Cottrell (Beachwood/Toms River HS South) worked a one out walk and freshman pinch... Read more →


GLOUCESTER CATHOLIC HS BASEBALL SCHEDULE

photo credit Bruce Darrow HEAD Coach Adam Tussey Related: Gloucester Catholic DATE AND TIME EVENT INFORMATION March 2016 Sat, Mar 12 11:00AM EST Start vs Egg Harbor Twp L, 8-6 Final | 0-0-0 Home: Joe Barth Field Exhibition Game Sun, Mar 13 2:30PM EDT Start @ Holy Spirit W, 11-5 Final | 0-0-0 Away: Holy Spirit High School Exhibition Game Tue, Mar 15 4:00PM EDT Start @ Audubon T, 0-0 Final | 0-0-0 Away: Audubon High School Exhibition Game Thu, Mar 17 3:45PM EDT Start @ Eastern W, 5-2 Final | 0-0-0 Away: Eastern High School Exhibition Game Sat, Mar 19 12:00PM EDT Start @ Middletown T, 5-5 Final | 0-0-0 Away: Middletown high school Exhibition Game Sun, Mar 20 1:00PM EDT Start @ St.... Read more →


WHAT A GAME! Wildcats Capture National Title

HOUSTON — Now there is another Villanova team to put on the wall and leave there forever. After a long wait, and after some difficult recent times in the NCAA Tournament, the Wildcats climbed back to the top again on Monday night, capturing the national championship on a Kris Jenkins 3-pointer at the buzzer that completed… Read more →


College Softball: Monmouth Sweeps Rider

College Softball Monmouth University 9, Rider University 0 / 5 innings Monmouth University 11, Rider University 0 / 5 innings Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference WEST LONG BRANCH—The Rider University softball team was held to six hits over two games, losing a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference and hOURglass rivalry doubleheader at Monmouth University on Saturday afternoon. The Hawks won 9-0 and 11-0. “Monmouth came out swinging,” said head coach Jaci Timko. “They are a very aggressive and good hitting team.” In the opener, sophomore Toni Nino (Adelanto, Calif./Silverado) and junior Josettee Spencer (Hillsborough) each had two hits with Rider loading the bases in two separate innings but the Broncs came up empty each time, going 0-3 with the bases full. “We hit the ball hard in... Read more →


College Baseball: Rider Splits Doubleheader

College Baseball Rider University 7, Fairfield University 6 Fairfield University 13, Rider University 1 FAIRFIELD, CT—The Broncs split a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference doubleheader Saturday to win the series. “We are very glad that we won the series,” said Rider head coach Barry Davis. “We just wanted to compete a bit better in the final game.” In the first game sophomore Christian Estevez (River Edge, NJ/River Dell) collected his third hit of the game in the seventh inning and scored on an error to give Rider a 7-6 lead. “He swung the bat and with two outs he got a big hit when the game was tied at 6-6,” Davis said. Sophomore Paul Sparano (Ewing, NJ/Ewing) pitched a scoreless, hitless seventh inning for the save,... Read more →


College Baseball Rider University 6, Fairfield University 3

press release April 1, 2016 FAIRFIELD, CT—Rider banged out 14 hits to defeat Fairfield in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference game Friday. “We swung the bat against a very good pitcher,” said Rider head coach Barry Davis. “I thought he was very good and we barreled up a little bit against him. I felt good about that.” It was Rider’s third win in a row. “Our focus now is to see if we can put two conference wins in a row,” Davis said. “Three in a row is nice, let’s see if we can put a fourth one together tomorrow.” Rider junior catcher Lee Lipinski (Glen Arm, MD/Calvert) hit a grand slam home run to give Rider a 4-1 lead in the third inning. “He... Read more →


College Baseball Rider University 11, Delaware State University 7

DOVER, DE—The Broncs won a slugfest at Delaware State Wednesday for their second win in a row and fourth in last eight games. “That’s a good thing,” said Rider head coach Barry Davis. “We’ll go into the conference games this weekend feeling a little better about ourselves.” Rider (5-17) banged out 11 hits, three from sophomore Jake Bender (Ellicot, Md./Marriotts Ridge), who also scored twice. “Bender hit the ball on the nose a lot,” Davis said. Bender hit an RBI double in the fourth inning and scored to give Rider a 5-4 lead. Rider sophomore Christian Estevez (River Edge, NJ/River Dell) hit a three-run double in a five-run sixth inning that gave Rider an 11-6 lead. “That was a big hit,” Davis said. Junior Mike... Read more →


College Softball Princeton University 7, Rider University 2

LAWRENCEVILLE—The Rider University softball team lost to Mercer County rival Princeton University 7-2 on Wednesday afternoon at Herb and Joan Young Field. The Tigers jumped out to an early 6-1 lead in the first two innings. Sophomore Monica Clark (Bryn Mawr, Pa./Archbishop Carroll) had two of Rider’s five hits in the non-conference game and she scored both Bronc runs. Princeton (6-17) had four hits in the opening inning, including an RBI double and run-scoring single to score three times. Clark hit her second home run of the season, clearing the left field fence to get Rider (3-19) within 3-1 in the bottom of the first inning. The Tigers used two singles and a three-run home run in the top of the second inning to open... Read more →


College Baseball : Rider University 5, La Salle University 2

LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ—The Broncs began defense of their 2015 Classic Title on Tuesday with a victory over La Salle in the first round of the 25th annual Liberty Bell Classic. For Rider (4-17) freshman Brett Kosciolek (Nesquehoning, PA/Tamaqua) pitched seven innings, allowing just one unearned run while striking out nine and allowing just one walk. “Brett threw really well again today,” said Rider head coachBarry Davis. “I was just locating my fastball really well,” said Kosciolek, who allowed just one earned run in his last outing, a seven inning no decision in a 3-2 win over Rutgers. “That was my main focus today.” The 6’7” rookie righty improved to 2-1 on the season. “We feel we have four solid starters now,” Davis said. At Tamaqua Area... Read more →


College Baseball Virginia Military Institute 4, Rider University 1

LEXINGTON, VIRGINIA—Rider had the tying run at the plate in the eighth inning but that was as close as the Broncs could get in a loss at VMI Sunday. “We’re pitching well enough to win,” said Rider head coach Barry Davis, “we’re just not scoring runs. We have to hit with runners on base.” Rider sophomore Paul Sparano (Ewing, NJ/Ewing) pitched 2.1 innings of scoreless, hitless relief, striking out three. “Sparano looked like a closer today,” Davis said, “against a team that can swing the bat.” With the win the Keydets (13-9) win the series two games to one. Rider (2-14) committed three errors and left seven runners on base. Sophomore Jake Bender (Ellicot, Md./Marriotts Ridge) doubled, went to third on a ground out and... Read more →


College Baseball Rider University 11, Campbell University 8

BUIES CREEK, NC— Mayberry, RFD (Really Fine Day). Rider junior Dalton Mayberry (Chadds Ford, PA/Garnett Valley) collected four hits and two RBI to lead Rider to victory at Campbell Tuesday night. “He had a very productive day,” said Rider head coach Barry Davis. “He seemed to be on base quite a bit.” It was Rider’s first victory since winning the 2015 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Regular Season Championship and graduating a dozen key players. “I’m relieved,” Davis said. “It is hard to get the first one. We played better tonight.” Mayberry hit a two-run single to tie the score at 2-2 in the third inning. “He gave us a big lift with the hit to tie the game,” Davis said. Rider freshman Brett Kosciolek (Nesquehoning,... Read more →


Rider Softball Gets First Win

KISSIMMEE, Fla.—Juniors Megan Ailand (Burlingame, Calif./Burlingame) and Delany DeMello (Roseville, Calif./Roseville) combined on a two-hit shutout to give the Rider University softball team a 1-0 win on Monday afternoon at the Rebel Spring Games in Florida, helping the Broncs snap a 10-game losing streak. Ailand worked the opening two innings against the Bison and DeMello worked five innings of hitless softball, allowing only one base runner (via walk) to pick up her first win of the season and giving first-year head coach Jaci Timko her first victory at Rider. “I can't take any credit for the win,” said Timko. “That was 100 percent the players. Meg and Delany were able to quiet a very good hitting Bucknell team and the defense, was absolutely spotless. It... Read more →


RIDER SOFTBALL DROPS TWO IN KISSIMMEE

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.... Read more →


College Baseball: Rider Drops Two

Rider Broncs athletic logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia) HIGH POINT, NC—The Broncs managed just six hits on the day, losing a doubleheader at High Point Saturday. “We just can’t seem to get things going,” said Rider head coach Barry Davis. “We do a lot of things well but too many things not well.” In the second game Rider (0-11) sophomore CJ Hirschy (Toms River, NJ/Toms River East) pitched six innings, allowing three runs while striking out five. “He threw fine,” Davis said. “Three runs in six innings, you can’t fault that.” Rider scored a run on two hits and an error to cut the lead to 4-2 in the eighth. “We got a little rally going in the eighth,” Davis said. “We had runners on first... Read more →


College Baseball: High Point 6 Rider 4

HIGH POINT, NC—The Broncs lost the first game of the three game series at High Point Friday. “We had our chances,” said Rider head coach Barry Davis. “I thought we battled at the plate for the most part. We competed, we improved, we played well, probably well enough to win the game.” Rider (0-9) scored two runs in the top of the ninth inning on two hits, including an RBI single by freshman Brennan McAllister (Middletown, DE/Middletown), but that was as close as the Broncs could get. It was McAllister’s first collegiate hit. “That was a big hit,” Davis said. “He did the job.” Rider sophomore Nick Margevicius (North Royalton, Ohio/St. Ignatius) pitched 6.2 innings, allowing four runs while striking out six with two walks.... Read more →


Why new concussion rules for football may cause more knee injuries

We could see this one coming a football field away: The change in tackling rules for college football designed to protect the head from concussions may have resulted in more injured knees, ankles and thighs, according to a study of NCAA rosters. Researchers looked at the NCAA Injury Surveillance Database for 57 colleges and compared injuries… Read more →


College Baseball - UNC Asheville 19, Rider University 4

Press release February 27, 2016 SPARTANSBURG, SC—The Broncs lost the second game of their three-game road trip to South Carolina, falling to UNC Asheville Saturday afternoon. “For the second game in a row we swung the bat pretty well,” said Rider head coach Barry Davis, “but we were out of the game pretty early.” For Rider (0-2) junior Tyler Kaiser (Moorestown, NJ/Moorestown), junior Dalton Mayberry (Chadds Ford, PA/Garnett Valley) and sophomore Brian Uliana (Bethlehem, PA/Freedom) each had two hits. “The three of them put pretty good bats together for two days in a row now,” Davis said. Kaiser had two doubles and an RBI and now has four hits on the season. Uliana had a double and an RBI. Rider scored two runs in the... Read more →


College Baseball : Wofford College 12, Rider University 4

press release February 26, 2016 SPARTANSBURG, SC—The Broncs had eight hits in the 2016 season opener but it was not enough to defeat Wofford Friday evening. “Offensively we played fairly well,” said Rider head coach Barry Davis. “We didn’t swing the bat too bad.” Wofford (5-0) scored two runs in the fifth inning and four runs in the sixth inning to take an 11-4 lead. “Wofford is good,” Davis said. Rider (0-1) took a 3-0 lead in the first inning on three hits, including a double by senior James Locklear (Hamilton, NJ/Steinert) and an RBI single by junior Lee Lipinski (Glen Arm, MD/Calvert), a pair of walks, a wild pitch and a fielder’s choice. Rider cut the lead to 5-4 in the fifth inning when... Read more →


College Softball: Rider Drops First Two Games

Rider Broncs athletic logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Wagner College 14, Rider University 5 / 5 innings Appalachian State University 8, Rider University 0 / 5 innings ROCK HILL, S.C.—The Rider University softball team opened the 2016 season with losses to Wagner and Appalachian State on Friday afternoon at the Winthrop Tournament in South Carolina. “We were aggressive at the plate,” said Jaci Timko, in her first season as the Rider head coach. “We did what we wanted and got runners on base but we just needed to find a way to get them to score.” For Rider (0-2) in the opener, senior Emily Cottrell (Beachwood/Toms River HS South) hit a home run to left field for the final score, her first of the season and... Read more →


Rider Baseball 2016 Season Opens Friday

Rider Broncs athletic logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Baseball Outlook 2016 They say you can’t tell the players without a scorecard. That expression will hold true this spring for the Rider University baseball fans with all of the new faces on the 2016 team. The 2015 Broncs, the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference regular season champions, graduated a dozen players. “We lost more than anybody in the MAAC,” said Rider head coach Barry Davis, the 2015 MAAC Coach of the Year. “This year 21 of the 31 players on the roster are freshmen or sophomores, and two of the juniors are new.” Despite the lack of experience, the Broncs look to qualify for the MAAC Tournament for the lucky 13th time, after qualifying for seven of the... Read more →


Locklear Preseason All-MAAC - Rider University Broncs

Athletics logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia) College Baseball Rider’s Locklear Preseason All-MAAC Broncs Picked 7th of 11 LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ—Rider University senior James Locklear was named to the Preseason All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Baseball Team by a vote of the MAAC coaches. “James had an excellent junior year and became a plus offensive player,” said Rider head coach Barry Davis, the 2015 MAAC Coach of the Year. “I would find it hard to believe he would not be on the preseason team.”” Locklear (Hamilton, NJ/Steinert) earned First Team All-MAAC honors last year when he batted .341 vs. MAAC pitchers, .302 overall with 48 hits in 45 games. Locklear finished 10th in the MAAC in stolen bases last season (14-18). Rider, the defending regular season champion, is picked... Read more →


College Softball : Rider’s Sensi Preseason All-MAAC Honors

Athletics logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia) EDISON—Senior Dana Sensi (Allentown) of the Rider University softball team was voted to the Preseason All-MAAC First Team, it was announced on Monday by the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. Last season as a junior, Sensi led Rider (12-35, 6-14 MAAC) in every offensive category including batting average (.380), runs scored (33), hits (54), doubles (12), triples (1), home runs (13) RBIs (38) and walks (15) and was a unanimous First Team All-MAAC selection. In the field in 2015, Sensi compiled a team-high .991 fielding percentage in 43 games at first base, making only three errors in 322 chances. A MAAC All-Academic honoree, Sensi batted .417 in 20 conference games (25/60) with 12 runs scored, five doubles, two home runs and... Read more →


Rider University Broncs First Pitch Dinner Snowed Out

Rescheduled for January 30 LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ—Even Mother Nature had to get in on the roast. Knowing how much rain outs, especially snow outs, used to hinder the mood of legendary Rider University baseball coach Sonny Pittaro, Mother Nature got in the first insult and postponed the eighth annual Rider University Baseball First Pitch Dinner. The Dinner, which will honor Hall of Fame head coaches Tom Petroff, Pittaro and current head coach Barry Davis and the 2016 Broncs, will now take place Saturday, January 30. At this year’s First Pitch Dinner several former players and coaches will roast Pittaro, who won 766 games in his 34 years at Rider, winning 10 Coach of the Year awards, nine conference championships and took part in eight NCAA Tournaments.... Read more →


Rider Announces 2016 Baseball Schedule

Athletics logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia) LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ—Trips to the Palmetto State, the Tar Heel State and to the Commonwealth and a return to the Liberty Bell Classic highlight the 2016 Rider University baseball schedule. “This schedule might not appear to have many ‘big names’ on it but with our young team this year if we don’t play well we won’t do well,” said Rider head coach Barry Davis, the 2015 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Coach of the Year. ‘This is a solid schedule.” The 2016 season begins February 26-28 in South Carolina with games at Wofford and at USC Upstate, with a neutral site game against UNC Asheville in a combined tournament, with six teams playing at two sites in Spartanburg. “It is a good... Read more →


Broncs to roast Sonny Pittaro at First Pitch Dinner

Rider Broncs athletic logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Rider baseball coach Barry Davis has been running the team’s First Pitch Dinner since 2009, and the 8th Annual will have a slightly different twist this year. The Jan. 23 event will celebrate the illustrious history of Broncs baseball and feature the programs three coaches from the past 50 years — Tom Petroff, Francis “Sonny” Pittaro and Davis. Highlighting the evening will be a roast of Pittaro, who guided Rider from 1970 to 2004 and is the namesake of the team’s baseball complex. The dinner begins at 6 p.m. in the Bart Luedeke Center on campus. Rider is reporting that a vast number of former players will be in attendance and that tickets are still available by logging... Read more →


Rider University Broncs Softball Schedule

Rider Broncs athletic logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia) LAWRENCEVILLE—18 home games, a tournament in South Carolina and the annual trip to the Rebel Spring Games highlight the 47-game 2016 Rider University softball schedule that was announced on Tuesday. “We are excited to get the season started,” said Jaclyn Timko who is in her first season at Rider. “The team is working hard to prepare for the rigors of the conference.” Rider opens play at the Winthrop Tournament in South Carolina, facing opponents Wagner, Appalachian State, Towson, Brown and the host Eagles from February 26-28. Pending field conditions, Rider is scheduled to open the home slate with back to back games against North Carolina A&T March 7-8 at Herb and Joan Young Field, beginning at 2pm. The... Read more →


Timko Hired as Head Coach - Rider University Broncs

press release LAWRENCEVILLE—Jaclyn Timko has been named the head coach of the Rider University softball team as announced by Director of Athletics Don Harnum. “I am excited to add Jaclyn to the Rider coaching staff,” said Harnum. “She has been a big part of successful teams, both as a player and as a coach, and I am confident she has the skill set to provide our players with a positive, competitive Division I softball experience.” “I’m excited for this opportunity,” said Timko. “Having recently finished my playing career, I know the challenges that the current student-athletes face every day and can assist them in their development both on and off the field. I’m looking forward to hitting the ground running and building upon the foundation... Read more →


News Week: The Year in Sports, Part One

The only surprise remaining in sports is that we are continually surprised by what transpires. Man’s—and woman’s—constant quest to achieve victory and, in a sense, immortality on the fields of play leads to a panoply of bizarre moments. Behold: a roundup of the sublime and ridiculous in 2015 sport, Part 1. January The Round Mound of… Read more →


College Baseball: Rider U Signs Four

LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ—Rider University baseball coach Barry Davis, the 2015 MAAC Coach of the Year, has signed four players for the 2017 season. Pete Soporowski of South Amboy, NJ, Joe Simone of Wayne, NJ, Kyle Johnson of Jackson, NJ and Tyler Stockwell of LaPlata, Maryland have all signed national letters of intent to further their education and baseball careers at Rider. “This class hits all of our needs adding to our overall depth,” Davis said. “Each player has leadership qualities and a tremendous work ethic. We feel very fortunate to have them in our baseball program. They will push for playing time immediately.” Soporowski, a senior left-handed pitcher at Sayreville War memorial high School, won five games as a junior with a 1.68 earned run average.... Read more →


Coach Carroll Leaving Rider - Rider University Broncs

College Softball Coach Carroll Leaving Rider LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ—After 21 years, Rider University and head softball coach Patricia Carroll have mutually agreed to part ways so she can pursue other interests, it was announced today. The Rider head softball coach since the 1994-95 academic school year, Carroll compiled a record of 401-631. Carroll led Rider to the NCAA Tournament in 1997 and in 2003. A search for a new softball coach will begin immediately for the 2016 season. via www.gobroncs.com Read more →


College Baseball Cranberry in Four

press release October 19, 2015 LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ—Cranberry defeated Black three games to one in the 2015 Cranberry-Black Series, held October 17 on the Sonny Pittaro Field. The annual best-of-five series of three inning games brings an official close to the fall baseball season at Rider. In Game 1 Cranberry won 2-1, with sophomore pitcher Nick Margevicius (North Royalton, Ohio/Saint Ignatius) getting the win. Margevicius struck out five Black batters in three innings. Junior Dalton Mayberry (Chadds Ford, PA/Garnet Valley), a transfer from Marist College, had a one-out RBI single in the ninth inning for the game-winner. Black tied the series at 1-1 in Game 2 with a 4-3 victory. Freshman Tyler Sanfilippo (Wayne, NJ/Seton Hall Prep) hit a two- run double and freshman Jack Finn... Read more →


Cranberry and Black Series Saturday - Rider University Broncs

College Baseball 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... Read more →


College Softball: 10 Broncs Honored

by the NFCA LOUISVILLE, K.Y.—10 members of the Rider University softball team were recognized with NFCA All-America Scholar-Athlete honors it was announced by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association on October 7. To earn recognition, the student-athlete must have earned a 3.50 grade point average or higher. Recognized from Rider for the 2014-15 academic year were seniors Allysen Breeden, Amanda Irving and Gina McCool, juniors Montana Berg, Dana Sensi and Kim Valdes, sophomores Megan Ailand and Kaitlyn Kallert and freshmen Monica Clark and Samantha Collura. Overall in NCAA Division I, 1,554 softball players were recognized, including 47 from the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference with Rider accounting for 21 percent of the conference honorees. Rider opens the 2016 season at North Carolina A&T February 12-14 in Greensboro.... Read more →


Rider University Baseball: Coaching Staff Complete

LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ—The coaching staff for the 2016 Rider University baseball team has been completed, head coach Barry Davis announced. In July it was announced that Rider grad John Crane ’96 was returning to his alma mater to be the new pitching coach. Joining Crane on the staff will be assistant coaches Jake McGeary and Matt Maher. “We are thrilled to have Jake and Matt on our staff this year,” said Davis, the 2015 MAAC Coach of the Year. McGeary, of Bethlehem, PA, has served as the head coach of the Lehigh Valley Catz of the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League and for the last three years as an assistant coach at Northampton County College. An affiliated scout with the Oakland A’s, McGeary has also coached at... Read more →


CNB SPORTS: Why America Offers Young Athletes Better Opportunities than Anywhere Else

(CNBNEWSNET)--All over the world, there are talented young people with their hearts set on a career in sport. For many of them, once they finish high school, the ideal is to get a sports scholarship to a US college, which is why companies that help match talent up to American colleges, such as asmscholarships.com , fill an important role. There are strong sports leagues and competitive athletics meets all over the world, and for some sports like soccer, it can be argued that the US has a weaker infrastructure for aspiring stars than other places like the UK, Germany, Spain and Italy. However, even for teens who want to get into these kinds of sports, if they also want a college education then the US... Read more →


Strano Hits Game-Winner in Pro Debut - Rider University Broncs

press release July 8, 2015 College Baseball Rider Grad Hits Game-Winner in Pro Debut TRAVERSE CITY, MICHIGAN—Recent Rider University graduate Eric Strano of Robbinsville, NJ knocked in the game-winning run in his professional baseball debut Tuesday night. A 2015 First Team All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference catcher, Strano got the call on Sunday to sign with the Southern Illinois Miners of the Frontier League. He drove 14 hours to meet the team in Michigan and started Tuesday night. With one out in the fifth inning, Strano singled to leftfield to break a 1-1 tie and the Miners went on to defeat the Traverse City Beach Bums 2-1. Strano also flew out, struck out and walked in his pro debut. As a senior at Rider Strano batted... Read more →