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Clearwater, Fla. (3/2/14) – The Owls once again couldn’t bring their bats to life as they were shut out 1-0 by Mount Saint Mary’s in the USF Under Armour Invitational Sunday.
It’s been the story of the year as the Owls went 2-23 at the plate with four walks. There were chances for the Owls to put up runs however. With the bases loaded and one out, DH Kelsey Dominik popped up in the infield as the runner never got the chance to score from third. After a walk administered by The Mount’s SP Danni Cummings, C Kaylyn Zierke was again up with the bases loaded but struck out to end the inning.
The seventh was when the game really started to turn up a notch. In the top half of the frame, LF Annie Marcopolus led off the inning for the Owls with a walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Zierke moved her over with a groundout as Temple had a runner on third with one out. 3B Devynne Nelons hit a ball to left and the third base coach sent Marcopolus home on the catch. The throw came home as she was gunned down at the plate for the final out. Another tough break for the Owls on the season who were looking to go ahead.
Singles by C Rachel Heinze and LF Megan Baker put Temple in a hole with two on and one out. Heinze was caught stealing on the next play from a throw by Zierke as the Owls now had two down but Baker moved to second. Leadoff hitter Jessica Greenwald stepped up to the box with the game on the line. Greenwald pulled the ball to the third baseman for a single but Nelons airmailed the throw to first as Baker rounded third and headed home for the Mount Saint Mary’s win.
A shocker for both teams as SPs Jessica Mahoney (0-2) and Danni Cummings let up a combined zero earned runs. Lacey McKeon led Temple going 2-3 at the plate but the story was Mahoney. She did all she could in the loss going 6.2 innings letting up only one run on six hits and six strikeouts. Nicole Pagano (5-2) picked up the win for The Mount pitching 4.0 innings of no hit ball and had four strikeouts.
The Owls (2-8) will be looking to end their losing streak Tuesday when they take on Saint Francis (PA) and Niagara in Winter Haven, Florida.