March 28, 2008
NORRISTOWN, Pa. - Temple used a four-run third inning and a six-run seventh to power past the Saint Joseph's baseball team, 13-2, on Friday afternoon. Junior right fielder Ben Wendle had two doubles and a single to lead the way for the Hawks offensively.
Temple (12-8, 4-0 Atlantic 10) got on the board first, scoring four times in the top of the third inning. Two doubles, a single, and a fielding error staked the Owls to an early 4-0 lead.
Saint Joseph's (8-15, 1-3 Atlantic 10) responded in the bottom half of the frame with two runs. Senior Jeremy Jakubowski led off with a double off the right field fence. Drew Smith singled through the right side to plate Jakubowski and then advanced to second on the throw. Wendle then doubled Smith home to cut the TU lead in half. After an infield single and a stolen base by Chris Hildreth, SJU had second and third with one out. Unfortunately for the Hawks, a strikeout and a fly out ended the threat.
Temple got one back in the top of the fourth on a leadoff double by Jamie Abercrombie, who came around to score on an RBI groundout by Matt Heltz. The Owls tacked on two more in the fifth on three singles to go up 7-2.
The Hawks threatened in both the fifth and sixth innings, but were unable to cut into the lead either time. After a double by Wendle with one out in the fifth, a walk and an infield single loaded the bases with two down, but Temple pitcher Ben White notched a strikeout to end the inning. In the bottom of the sixth, SJU loaded the bases on a fielding error, a walk, and a single. White once again got out of the jam with a strikeout to keep the Hawks from scoring.
Temple blew the game open with a six-run seventh, culminating in a grand slam home run by Sean Barksdale, to make it a 13-2 game.
Freshman Dominic Favazza took the loss for SJU to fall to 1-2. White earned the win for Temple and improved to 1-1.
The teams will return to Latshaw-McCarthy Field on Saturday for the second game of the three-game set. First pitch is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.