Rider rallies to top Camels 12-7

Kevin Barron (ScarboroughPhotography.com)
Kevin Barron (ScarboroughPhotography.com)

BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Rider rallied for eight runs, including five in the eighth, in a 12-7 comeback win over Campbell Wednesday at Jim Perry Stadium.

Rider moves to 6-7 with the win, while the Camels fall to 7-10 on the season. Campbell took Tuesday's meeting 7-5.

The Camels led 7-4 after a Jeff Hahs sacrifice fly in the sixth. Rider chipped away with two in the top of the seven, the first on a Mike Volaski RBI triple, followed by a Tyler Kaiser RBI groundout to cut the Campbell lead to 7-6.

With one out in the eighth, Kyle Johnson tied it up with a RBI double, and Jake Bender gave the Broncs the lead on a single to center. Volaski and Kaiser added RBI doubles with two out, giving Rider an 11-7 lead after the five hit, five run inning.

Bender gave Rider an insurance run in the ninth, driving in Richie Tecco with the Broncs' fifth double of the game. Seven of Rider's 14 hits on the day went for extra bases.

Dylan Simcik (3-0) earned the win in relief, working two scoreless innings, striking out and walking two each. The Rider bullpen allowed just one run in 6 2/3. Josh Sharik was charged with a run on six hits with a strikeout and a walk in 3 2/3 innings. Andrew Tumbelty worked the ninth, allowing a hit.

Rider starter Mike Diorio allowed six runs on five hits with a strikeout and three walks in 2 1/3.

Erik Dowse (0-2) took the loss, allowing four runs on three hits with a walk in 1/3 of an inning. Phil Stokes surrendered three runs on three hits with four strikeouts and three walks in his first start for the Camels.

Volaski led the Broncs at the plate, going 3-for-5 with three RBI and two runs. Kaiser also drove in three in the win, while Johnson and Harrison McClure added two hits each and scored three times.

After Rider scratched across a run in the top of the first, Campbell answered with a four-run inning. Hahs scored Butler on a double before a three-run homer from Zach Minnick. The Camels added a run in the second on Hahs' second hit of the day, and another in the third with Kevin Barron scoring on an error.

Hahs went 4-for-4 in the loss, driving in three and scoring a run. Matthew was 2-for-5, while Drew Butler scored three times, going 1-for-2 with two walks.

Campbell begins an eight-game road swing this weekend, heading to the Spider Invitational. The Camels will take on Michigan State at 10 a.m. in the tournament opener Friday, March 17, then Cornell at 10 a.m. on Saturday. Campbell will square off with a host Richmond on Sunday at 2 p.m.