LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. – The Niagara baseball team was edged by Rider, 2-1, in the first game of the teams' three-game season series on Friday.
Battaglia led Niagara with one RBI and Battaglia, Kirwer, Cullen and Joel Brophy each had one hit.
Cody Eckerson threw 5.2 shutout innings, striking out five batters and allowing only two hits. Matt McCuen (2-1), who struck out one batter and allowed two runs in 0.1 innings pitched, took the loss for the Purple Eagles.
The Purple Eagles play the final two games in their series with Rider on Saturday. The doubleheader starts at noon.