M. Murphy, Giovagnoli Athletes of Month - April, 2012
LAWRENCEVILLE--Heather Giovagnoli of the track & field team and Mike Murphy of the baseball team are the Rider University Athletes of the Month for all competition in the month of April.
Giovagnoli, a senior from Royersford, Pa. (Spring Ford), broke Rider records for the 800 meters and the 1500 meters in April, and recently ran on the Rider record breaking Distance Medley Relay at the Penn Relays. Giovagnoli now has her name in the Rider record book 10 times.
Murphy, a sophomore pitcher from Hamilton (Peddie), went 3-0 in April with an earned run average of 2.86. He compiled 18 strikeouts and just six walks in April, defeating conference foes Fairfield, Manhattan and Marist.
Murphy leads the MAAC in earned run average and strikeouts and is second in the conference in innings pitched.
Giovagnoli has the second fastest 800m in the MAAC this year and the fifth fastest 1500m in the conference.