CONNECTICUT—The slumping Owls continued their struggling ways losing to conference foe UConn 4-1 Thursday.
RF Blake Davey got the Huskies going early with a RBI single in the first off Temple starter Matt Hockenberry. Southpaw Anthony Marzi stymied the Owls all game. Uconn would add another run in the third via groundout but the two run lead was all Marzi needed in the contest.
The Owls got a rally going in the sixth with one out and the bases loaded. Catcher Andrew Nist walked as the lead was cut in half but the Owls squandered many chances. Marzi got PH Frank D’Agostino to strike out and got CF Jimmie Kerrigan to pop out stranding the bases loaded.
Uconn broke the game open in the seventh with two Temple errors and two walks bringing home two runs on no hits. Freshman closer Patrick Ruotolo pitched three shutout innings to close the 4-1 win for the Huskies. 1B Bobby Melley led UConn at the plate going perfect 3-3 while SS Derek Peterson went 2-3 for the Owls. Hockenberry (4-3) went 6.1 innings giving up only two earned runs and had six strikeouts.
Marzi (4-3) got the win going 6.0 innings of one run ball which included seven strikeouts. Temple (10-18, 5-8) looks for redemption against UConn (18-17, 5-4) Friday in game two of the three part series.