Temple Takes AAC Opening Series Against Memphis

Memphis, Tenn. (3/23/14) – To conclude their first American Athletic Conference (AAC) series of the year Sunday, the Owls took the Memphis Tigers to the wire edging out a 4-3 victory.

Coming off a loss Saturday, the Owls wasted no time getting on the board. Senior Robert Amaro led aerial assault early with a two RBI double in the first to give Temple a 2-0 lead.

6’7 starter Ryan Keuhn was on the hill for the Owls and the imposing righty held the Tigers scoreless through two. To the third, we go as catcher Michael D’Acunti singles in the Owls third run with a RBI single knocking in Amaro against lefty Collin Lee. Keuhn was cruising until the fourth when he let up a wild pitch to allow Memphis to score for the first time in the game.

After enduring trouble in the fifth, Keuhn was pulled for RP Zach White after two outs and a runner on second. He got catcher Carter White, no relation, to pop out and end the inning.

In the top of the seventh, the Owls had two men in scoring position and two outs but couldn’t add to their two run lead as LF Daniel Dragos and 3B Daniel Peterson both failed to bring them home. Temple would, however, get home an insurance run in the eighth on a clutch Frank D’Agostino RBI double with two outs.

RP Tim McCarthy has been solid all year but faced trouble in the bottom of the inning. Singles by Darien Tubbs and White put two men on base and McCarthy walked first baseman, Tucker Tubbs to load the bases. With the bases loaded, closer Zach Batchelor got the final Memphis hitter to ground out and end the threat.

After a 1-2-3 top of the ninth, Batchelor looked for the four out save. Memphis didn’t roll over easily getting two runs home in the bottom of the inning. With two outs and nobody on, he got White to strike out to end the game closing out a 4-3 win.

Keuhn (1-0) not known as a starter, picked up an impressive win going 4.2 innings of one run ball. Amaro led the Owls at the plate going 1-3 with two RBI. Lee (1-2) was charged with the loss going 5.0 innings letting up three runs, one earned, and had three strikeouts. The Tigers were led by LF Kane Barrow who went 2-3 at the plate.

The Owls (7-10, 2-1) travel to Orlando Friday to take on the UCF Knights in another AAC weekend series.

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