Jaspers Split MAAC Opener at Rider
In game one, sophomore right-hander Tom Costigan threw eight solid innings, allowed three runs and notched two strikeouts to earn his second win of the 2008 campaign. Fellow sophomore Kevin Nieto led the Jaspers’ offensive attack exploding for three hits, four RBIs and blasted the first home run his collegiate career.
Kevin Nieto got the Jaspers going in the top of the first with a two-out single. After stealing second, freshman Chad Salem knocked Kevin Nieto in with a single of his own.
Rider added a couple of runs in the bottom of the second courtesy of Mason Heyne and Matt McCollum to get on the scoreboard.
Lombardi responded in the top of the third with a triple which later resulted in another Jaspers’ run.
The Jaspers added a three spot in the sixth, another run in the eight and erupted for 11 runs in the ninth inning leading to the squad’s largest margin of victory this season.
In game two, the Jaspers’ starting lefty Mike Gazzola surrendered four runs over the first three innings as
The Broncs got on the board in the first inning when James Hayes doubled in the lead off spot, then later scored on a balk. In the second inning, freshman John Ralston added a second run in bottom of the second when he connected on a single, and then scored on a fielder’s choice.
Rider posted its final two runs in the fourth when Nick Wojnowski doubled to right center scoring Maurice Williams and Sean Olson.
The Jaspers wrap up its series with Rider tomorrow afternoon in the final contest of the set. Game time is slated for noon at Sonny Pittaro Field.