- Junior Taylor Juran
went four-for-five and knocked in four runs as the Temple baseball team registered a 14-3 win over crosstown rival Penn on Tuesday at Skip Wilson Field. The Owls extended their win streak to six games, improving to 9-5 on the season while Penn falls to 3-7.
Juran was the catalyst on offense, but it was a strong effort from junior Jimmy Devine
on the hill that helped set the Owls up for victory. Devine (3-1) went seven innings, giving up just two runs and striking out six to earn the win. Redshirt-sophomore Steve Visnic
and freshman Zach Batchelor
combined for the final two frames, with neither allowing an earned run.
It was the seventh time this season that Temple has racked up double-digit runs and the third time in the last four contests. Juran (4-5, 4 RBI) was one of four Owls to have a multi-RBI day, with junior Cameron Green
driving in three, and freshman Will Remillard
(3-4, 2 RBI) and senior Ryan Ferguson
each accounting for a pair of runs.
Redshirt-junior Steve Nikorak
(3-4, 2B, 3B, 4 R) was a home run away from the cycle in the contest, and was one of five Owls to post two or more hits. Ferguson (3-5, HR, 2 RBI, 3 R), who moved his hit streak to 14 games, and Green (2-5, HR, 3 RBI) each jacked homers in the contest.
Penn starter Paul Cusick lasted just four innings in the start, giving up two runs and handing things over to John Beasley. Beasley (0-1) took the loss allowing six runs in the one inning he threw.
Temple jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first, scoring all of its runs with two outs. After back-to-back strikeouts by the first two hitters, Ferguson hit the first of three-straight singles for the Owls. Nikorak put one through the right side, with Juran doing the same to plate Ferguson. Nikorak would cross home on a wild pitch.
Penn managed to keep things interesting early on, posting a run in the third and another in the fourth to tie the game up after being held scoreless by Devine over the first two frames.
The Owls went ahead for good with three runs in the fifth, taking advantage of the recently inserted Beasley. Perez and Ferguson posted singles to start things off, with a double to right by Nikorak scoring Perez and advancing Ferguson to third. Juran stepped in and cleared the bases with a single to center, putting Temple ahead 5-2.
Devine threw his final three innings scoreless, being given a comfortable lead by a massive six-run seventh from his offense. Green led off the frame with a homer to right, and would impact the inning later on. Back-to-back walks to junior Jabair Khan
and senior Byron McKoy
forced Penn to make a pitching change. Temple would score the final five runs of the inning with two outs, with Juran driving home one, Remillard ripping a two-RBI single, and Green coming back up to also drive in two on a single to right.
Penn's bats did not stand a chance in the top of the seventh, as Devine sat the visitors down in order. The Owls added three more in the bottom of the frame, putting their lead at 14-2. After a strikeout by Khan, McKoy led off with a single, followed by another strikeout by Perez. Ferguson stepped in as the next batter and dropped a two-run homer to left. Nikorak tripled to start the rally back up, scoring on a wild pitch.
The Quakers picked one up in the eighth, but would be allowed no more by Visnic and Batchelor to close out the game. The duo gave up just a hit each over the two innings they threw.
Temple hosts a three-game homestand at Skip Wilson Field this weekend. The Owls open with Fairfield on Friday, March 18 at 3:00 p.m.