By Carlos Toro
The Broncs’ offense erupted for 13 runs against St. Peter’s on April 21, nearly matching their total for their previous seven home games and earning a victory for the first time since April 13.
However, the Broncs struggled for most of the 10-game home stand with doubleheaders against Delaware, Manhattan, St. Peter’s and Lafayette from April 16-22.
The Broncs were swept by both Delaware (21-22, 5-9 CAA) and Manhattan (7-5, 17-21 MAAC) on April 16 and 19, respectively.
Rider lost the opening game against Delaware by a score of 12-4 and lost 3-1 in the second game.
After the first game of the doubleheader, which Rider lost 4-3 in extra innings, the Broncs honored senior second baseman Kehli Washington and senior utility player Mary Rossi.
“Senior day is always emotional,” said Head Coach Tricia Carroll. “We spend so much time together and share so much in the short four years of college. It goes by too fast.”
It was not just a special moment for Carroll, but for the younger players as well.
“As an underclassman, seeing the seniors play their last home game series was pretty sad, knowing that in just four years, your career is over, doing what you have worked so hard for your whole life,” said freshman pitcher Delany DeMello.
However, the moment was squandered as the Broncs suffered a 6-2 defeat.
The series against St. Peter’s (4-8, 13-2 MAAC) on April 21 saw the Broncs outscore the Peacocks 16-5.
Although they lost the first game 5-3, the Broncs’ bats came alive in game two as they won by a score of 13-0 and snapped their six-game losing streak.
The win saw the top of the Broncs’ lineup produce as Washington collected four hits and two RBI, while junior outfielder Amanda Irving’s two-run homerun headlined her three-RBI night. Freshman second baseman Amanda Crimarco contributed from the bottom of the lineup with two hits and two RBIs of her own.
Rider lost its first game 6-2 as Lafayette’s offense scored five runs in the fifth inning and dropped the second game 5-4, despite the early 3-0 Bronc lead.
Carroll attributes Rider’s struggles to the inability to get the clutch hits.
“We have been playing very tough but continue to struggle with the knockout punch,” Carroll said. “The team continues to be upbeat and positive about the season.”
DeMello takes the Broncs’ closely contended games as a good sign. She believes it proves the team can go toe-to-toe with the best.
“The most positive thing is, we can compete with anyone in the conference,” said DeMello.
The Broncs will take a trip to Canisius on April 26 and go to Niagara on April 27 before returning home for a doubleheader against La Salle on April 30.