Sunday, March 15, 2015

Rider On The Rise

Senior Gina McCool off to best start in her career
The Rider Broncs won two of three games this weekend in Greensboro, NC, getting great hitting and pitching.

Rider, who in the past few seasons has started quite slow out of the gate, is having a different kind of season in 2015. The 4-4 Broncs are playing very good softball, and seem to be approaching each new game with a growing confidence. A good example of this was their Saturday game vs. Norfolk St, which saw them fall behind early 4-0. In the past they may have struggled with this situation, but they remained calm until they produced a six run fifth inning to storm in front, and stay there. The veterans of the team came through, with Amanda Irving tripling and Gina McCool doubling in the frame. Amanda Crimarco, Monica Clark and Delany DeMello also drove home runs in the inning. More importantly, pitcher Kaitlyn Kallert made it all count by shutting the door the rest of the way, and earning her second win of the season.

The Broncs' other two starting pitchers are also playing key roles. Megan McDonough sports a 1.62 ERA; Delany DeMello isn't far behind with an ERA of 1.87. Rider hasn't seen this kind of pitching since Rachael Matreale graduated.

Rider pounded out 11 hits in their 8-1 win over Norfolk St. on Sunday. Veteran Dana Sensi led the way, with a home run and four RBIs. Gina McCool, hitting .520 on the season, was 4 for 4 with three RBIs. Delany DeMello never gave Norfolk a chance to get in the game. The one game Rider did lose was a very close affair in which they got good pitching, 2-1 to Drexel. So they've been very competitive. The Broncs will stay in the south and play a doubleheader Tuesday at Elon before participating in Liberty's tournament next weekend.

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