AMBLER, Pa. - Senior Danielle Fagan had an impressive day at the plate, leading the Owls to an 8-3 win over visiting St. Bonaventure in Atlantic 10 softball action on Friday, April 2. Fagan was 2-for-2 with two home runs and four RBI.
It looked like St. Bonaventure was going to get on the board early when Shelly Seeger led off the game with a double to centerfield. Seeger moved to third on a Stephanie Narde sacrifice bunt, and Hali Enderby drew a walk and then stole second to put runners at second and third with one out and the power part of the lineup due up. Temple's pitcher, Kristen Marris, settled in, however and got out of the jam with two strikeouts to end the inning.
Hitting in the cleanup position in the lineup, Fagan did just that in the bottom of the first inning when she delivered an Erin Nargi pitch over the left field fence to drive in three runs. Samantha Schoell, who had been hit by a pitch, and Ali Robinson, who singled to shortstop, also scored. Three-straight walks loaded the bases for Christina Sykora, who singled to the pitcher to bring in another run for the Owls.
The Bonnies did all of their scoring in the second inning, turning four hits and a TU error into three runs. Back-to-back singles from Kara Morenus and Maureen Wells put two on, and one out later Kristin Sullivan laid down a sacrifice bunt that was mishandled by the Owls and allowed Morenus to score. Seeger then stepped in and delivered her second double of the day, this a two-run shot, pulling SBU within one, 4-3.
Temple got another run in the bottom of the second on Fagan's second homerun of the game, a blast to centerfield.
The Cherry & White added three insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth to build an 8-3 lead that would last the final frame.
Marris (8-7) went the distance for Temple, allowing seven hits and striking out six, while giving up just one earned run. Nargi (1-6) pitched 5.2, giving up nine hits and eight runs, five earned. Sherri Thompson pitched 0.1 innings of relief, inducing a pop up for the out
Temple improves to 10-17 overall and 2-2 in Atlantic 10 play. St. Bonaventure is 5-12, 0-4 in the A-10. The Owls are back in action on Wednesday, April 7, for a 3:00 p.m. doubleheader against cross-city rival Penn.