Owls Softball Takes Doubleheader from Visiting Villanova

Owls Softball Takes Doubleheader from Visiting Villanova

Game One Box Score

Game Two Box Score

AMBLER, Pa. – Sophomore Samantha Schoell delivered the game-winning hit in the bottom of the seventh inning of game one, and classmate Rachel Knable had the game-winning homerun in the nightcap as the Temple softball team swept visiting Villanova at Ambler Field on Thursday, April 15. The Cherry & White won the opener, 2-1, and took game two by a score of 3-2.


The Owls jumped out to an early lead in the first game when freshman Ali Robinson delivered a solo shot over the leftfield fence, her fourth homerun of the year, to put the team ahead 1-0.


Both teams were scoreless for the next two innings before Villanova knotted it up in the top of the sixth. Jamie O'Hara led off the inning with a single and Jess O'Boyle sacrificed her to second to put her in scoring position. Kristi Burlin followed with a groundout to third base, but a speedy O'Boyle induced an errant throw to third and, in turn, scored for the Wildcats. Molly Manning hit a single up the middle to put another runner on, but TU freshman pitcher Crystal Nyman got Eryn Teague to ground out to third to get out of the inning without further damage.


TU entered the bottom of the seventh still tied 1-1 with the Wildcats. Sophomore Alysse Pujol led off the inning and was hit by a pitch. After sophomore Christina Sykora sacrificed her to second, Schoell stepped in and worked the count full before sending a Caitlin Delahaba hit up the middle to drive in the game-winning run.


Nyman (5-10) went the distance for Temple, giving up just four hits and one run. Delahaba (7-12) took the loss in the complete-game effort, allowing five hits and striking out five.


The Owls got out to a rocky start in the nightcap, giving up two runs in the top of the first on one hit and two errors. With runners on second and third, Kristi Burlin delivered a double to left center that scored both with one out.


Temple did get one of those back in its half of the frame when Robinson singled in Sykora, who had opened the inning with a single of her own.


It looked like the visitors were going to build on the lead in the third inning. With one out, Jess O'Boyle singled down the leftfield line and Burlin followed with her second double of the game to put runners on second and third. The Owls pitcher, sophomore Lauren Spoo, got out of the jam without surrendering another run with a groundout and a fly ball.


The bats came alive for Temple in the fourth inning, and two of the three hits resulted in runs. With one out, Robinson doubled to right centerfield. One out later, Knable sent a shot over the centerfield fence to give TU the 3-2 lead. Rookie Kayla Cook also collected a single in the inning, but Villanova pitcher Molly Manning got out of the frame further unscathed.


The damage was done, however, and Spoo settled in with the one-run lead and gave up just one hit over the next three innings to come away with the victory.


Spoo (1-1) allowed five hits and two runs, both unearned, while fanning five. Manning (7-8) also surrendered five hits in 6.0 innings pitched, striking out four and allowing three runs, all earned.


Temple is 14-19 overall and will travel to Charlotte for an Atlantic 10 doubleheader against the 49ers on Sunday, April 18. The Owls are just one win shy of last year's total with at least 16 games remaining.
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