Rider Takes Game One vs. Baseball, 6-1

Anthony Rohan (14) is greeted by Alex Larivee (19) after hitting his third home run of the season vs. Rider.
Anthony Rohan (14) is greeted by Alex Larivee (19) after hitting his third home run of the season vs. Rider.

Rider scored in five different innings and beat the Youngstown State baseball team 6-2 on Thursday evening to open a three game series at Eastwood Field.

The Broncs scored the first three runs of the game, and their final three runs all came after Penguins errors.

Anthony Rohan hit his first career home run at Eastwood Field for the Penguins. Nico Padovan had a game-high three hits, and Lorenzo Arcuri registered two.

Youngstown State stranded 10 runners, including two in the first, fifth, sixth and eighth innings.

Riley Mihalik had two hits and scored three times to lead Rider. He doubled in Kyle Johnson and later scored on an RBI ground out in the third inning as the Broncs took a 3-0 lead.

Rohan's solo homer to left got the Penguins on the board in the bottom of the third, but Rider went on to score the next three runs. Mihalik reached on an error and scored in the fifth, and an error on a pickoff attempt at second base allowed him to advance on third and set up a sacrifice fly in the seventh. A two-out error then prolonged the top of the eighth, and Richie Tecco's RBI double to left increased the Broncs' lead to 6-1.

Youngstown State's second run came in the bottom of ninth as Kyle Benyo led off with a pinch-hit single and scored on a fielder's choice.

YSU starter Alex Bellardini allowed three earned runs on nine hits in 4-2/3 innings to be charged with the loss. Zack Minney allowed a pair of unearned runs in his 3-2/3 innings, and Dion Felger came on to pitch a perfect ninth.

Rider's Anthony Arneth allowed one run on four hits in five innings to earn his second victory, and Mike Diorio allowed one run in four innings of relief to notch his first save.

Youngstown State and Rider will play at 11 a.m. on Friday as part of Kids Day event at Eastwood Field.