Owls Baseball Play Peacocks to a Draw

BEAR, DELAWARE – Temple ended their tour of Bear, Delaware winning 2-1 and losing 3-5 to the Saint Peter’s Peacocks Sunday.

The first affair was pitching dominated. Cleanup hitter Robert Amaro pushed the Owls to an early lead on the reeling Peacocks with a RBI single. After getting out of a jam in the second, Temple SP Preston Hill encountered trouble in the third. CF Ariel Ramirez and S Jon Kristofferson led off the third with singles and a sac fly by DH Kevin Grimes tied the game at one. Peacock’s starter Joe Leiter was going toe to toe with Hill as no pitcher let a runner get to second until the sixth.

Saint Peter’s catcher Jim Smith led of the inning with a double but Hill prevented the runner to score with three consecutive outs. Hill was replaced by Patrick Vanderslice in the seventh and what has been a plus all season continued to favor the Owls. Vanderslice pitched two scoreless innings and sent the game to the ninth tied at one. Tim McCarthy came in for the ninth and followed suit by getting a scoreless appearance in relief.

Reyn Sugai and Daniel Dragos both hit singles to jump start a potential memorable ninth for Temple. 3B Daniel Peterson, the third hitter, came up looking to do damage. He laid down a bunt trying to move the runners and RP Ed Mejias botches the throw as Sugai came into score the winning run for the Owls. An interesting way to end the contest but the Owls will take the win however it works out.

McCarthy (2-0) picked up the win in relief and Mejias (1-1) suffered the loss. The first four hitters for the Owls got hits in the contest and that was enough to secure a 2-1 win.

In the second game SP Simon Matthews once again struggled early letting up a RBI double to Jimmy Smith. 1B Robert Amaro answered with a sac fly in the bottom of the frame and CF Jimmy Kerrigan put the Owls ahead with a RBI single in the third. Mathews couldn’t handle the lead.

The freshman let up four Peacock runs in the fourth, highlighted by a RBI double by 1B DJ Nozza, as Saint Peter’s took back the lead. An error allowed a run to score for the Owls making it 5-3 but SP Mark Wilson was efficient enough to prevent an Owls comeback.

Temple led off the seventh with  back to back singles but consecutive groundouts put an end to the threat. Wilson got Amaro to fly out and Saint Peter’s got redemption 5-3.

Mathews (0-4) adds to his rough season going 3.1 innings letting up five runs on seven hits. Temple’s bullpen pitched 3.2 innings of shutout ball. Wilson (1-2) picked up the complete game win letting up only two earned runs.CF Jimmy Kerrigan and C Andrew Nist led the Owls with two hits apiece.

Temple (5-9) will play Pennsylvania foe Lehigh Tuesday at Ambler.

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