Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score
AMBLER, Pa. - The Temple softball team hosted UMBC on Wednesday, March 24, for a final tune up before entering Atlantic 10 play this weekend. The Owls split a pair of games with the Retrievers, taking the first, 2-1, and dropping game two, 10-7.
TU fell behind early in the first game after UMBC jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first on two two-out doubles.
Retrievers pitcher Stephanie Weigman looked like she was going to make it a long day for the Cherry & White, striking out the side in the first and sitting TU down in order in the second.
The Owls finally got to Weigman in the third, pounding out four hits and scoring twice to take a lead they would never surrender. Michelle Lerner doubled to left center and one out later, Christina Sykora switched places with her with another two-bagger. Sam Schoell followed with an RBI single for the lead.
Kristen Marris went the distance on the mound for Temple, allowing six hits while striking out six. Weigman took the loss, also giving up six hits while recording nine strikeouts.
UMBC jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning again in the second game of the day when Amanda Fefel delivered the first of her three homeruns in the game over the left center fence.
The Owls promptly got the lead back in their half of the inning however. Temple took advantage of two hits and an error in the inning to score three times for the 3-1 lead.
Fefel struck again in the third to cut the lead in half, and Emily Thompson added a homer down the left field line in the top of the sixth to knot the game at 3-3.
TU responded with another three-run inning, using three hits, including doubles by Ali Robinson and Danielle Fagan, in the frame to go ahead 6-3 with one inning to go.
The Retrievers refused to quit, however, and proceeded to pound out six hits in the inning. Fefel hit her third round tripper of the game, this time a two-run shot, to make it a 6-5 game. After two singles and a hit-by-pitch loaded the bases, Lauren O'Malley stepped in a delivered a run scoring single to left center, tying the game. Unfortunately for Temple, UMBC was not done. Julia Culotta gave her team the lead for good with a grand slam to left center field.
Fagan pulled TU one run closer with an RBI single in the bottom of the seventh, but UMBC got out of the inning with a 10-7 victory.
Heather Brown was the game winner, pitching 6.0 innings, giving up five hits and six runs. Lauren Spoo, who came in in relief for Crystal Nyman, took the loss with just 0.1 inning of work, allowing four runs on four hits. Nyman had 6.2 innings pitched, giving up nine hits and six runs allowed.
Temple is 8-15 overall and will host Atlantic 10 rival Saint Louis for a pair of games on Friday, March 26 and Saturday, March 27. UMBC is 15-7.