Camden, NJ. (4/12/14) – In redemption of their 13-6 drubbing administered by the USF Bulls Friday, the Owls fought back for a 6-5 upset Saturday in walk off fashion.
After a scoreless first, the Bulls stormed out to a early lead after a RBI single by 3B Vincent Miniet and a double by 1B Lawrence Pardo. Facing a two run deficit, SP Patrick Vanderslice held the Bulls offense to just the two runs while USF starter Casey Mulholland was navigating through the Owls lineup with no resistance.
With the lead at two in the fifth, catcher Levi Borders doubled home two and SS Zac Gilcrease plated another with a single to give the Bulls a five run lead. The surge by USF brought something out in the Owls’ bats.
Temple got the first two on on a walk and double and LF Bobby Heitzman drove home the Owls first run of the day. 2B Josh Mason added to the comeback with a sac fly. 3B Reyn Sugai brought home Heitzman with a single and 3B Derek Peterson doubled him home to cut the lead to just one.
With the momentum in their favor, RHP Patrick Krall went beast mode on the mound, pitching three scoreless innings into the eighth. Still down one, Robert Amaro and Andre Nist singled to put two on and two down. PH Daniel Dragos stepped in and the senior delivered.
An RBI single brought home Amaro as the Owls tied the game at five in the eighth. Temple brought in RHP Tim McCarthy in the ninth and he delivered with a 1-2-3 inning taking the game into the ninth.
Mason led off the bottom of the inning with a single and moved to second on a Sugai bunt. CP Jordan Strittmatter threw a wild pitch to put Mason on third but Peterson grounded out and failed to score the winning run. After a missed opportunity, Michael D’Acunti walked and advanced to second to bring cleanup hitter Robert Amaro to the plate.
With the game on the line, the senior singled home the winning run as the Owls walked off 6-5 and split the series at one. Amaro and Sugai both had two hits in the contest and McCarthy picked up his second win. USF had four hitters with two hits but failed to put anything on the board after the fifth.
Temple (10-17, 5-6) finishes their series with USF (19-15, 6-4) Sunday in Camden.