Philadelphia, Pa. (3/9/14) – Call it home field advantage but Temple, after going 2-0 at Smithson Field, faced host Saint Joe’s Sunday and got thrashed 11-3.
Unlike the games against Niagara and Villanova, Temple’s bats endured a cold spell in the contest. The same couldn’t be said for the Hawks as catcher Brian O’Keefe singled home the game’s opening run and later scored on an errant throw by catcher Mike D’Acunti. CF Ryan Pater and DH Tommy Cunningham added RBI singles as well in the second and third as Temple starter Simon Mathews put up another underwhelming performance. He was removed after the second.
The Owls hitting was obsolete until the sixth and only had one base runner reach base via hit. They cut the game to two with two runners scoring on a groundout and wild pitch. The comeback was for naught as Saint Joe’s put up four in the bottom of the inning with a RBI single from O’Keefe and two Temple errors in the inning. The Owls finished with four in the game.
RF Collin Forgey and 1B Mike Muha continued the swarm of runs with an RBI double and single to drive in three more. Hawks up nine going into the ninth. Temple would score one in the ninth on a Frank D’Agostino walk with the bases loaded and two outs but the Hawks would hold true to their eight run lead and take it 11-3.
SP Jordan Carter (2-1) put up a solid outing for Saint Josephs going 7.0 innings with five strikeouts letting up two runs on four hits. Mathews (0-3) continues his rough freshman season with the loss going 2.0 innings letting up four runs on five hits. Temple hit .166 for the game while the Hawks hit .352 and the errors certainly didn’t help their cause. If the Owls want to make their last season memorable both the pitching and offense need to step up because none of them are consistent enough to be the driving force of wins.
The Owls (3-8) face Rider Tuesday and look to get back to playing consistent baseball.