Baseball Battles Back For Ninth-Straight Win, 11-7 Over St. Peter's
Matt Hockenberry

Baseball Battles Back For Ninth-Straight Win, 11-7 Over St. Peter's

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AMBLER, Pa.
- The Temple baseball battled back from down five in the second to take their ninth straight contest, an 11-7 win over St. Peter's on Sunday afternoon at Skip Wilson Field.  The Owls posted back-to-back-to-back three run innings to come from behind and take the victory and remain a perfect 6-0 at home.

Temple, now 12-5 on the year, extended its win streak to nine games to match the longest win streak since the Owls posted a like run in 2003.  The win also marked the 100th victory for head coach Rob Valli at Temple.

Freshman Matt Hockenberry started for the Owls, going four innings and giving up four earned runs.  Hockenberry pitched three of the four innings scoreless, scattering seven hits and striking out a pair.  Redshirt-junior Steve Nikorak (2-1) took over and threw the final five frames, earning the win allowing just two runs and striking out three.

For St. Peter's, Jeremy Ives (0-1) gave up seven earned over 4.1 innings pitched to take the loss.  Joe Jimenez came on in relief of Ives, going three innings and giving up two runs.

A trio of Owls had three-RBI days at the plate.  Seniors Byron McKoy (2-4, 2B) and Ryan Ferguson (2-5, 2B) each had a two hits, one of which was a double for both batters.  Ferguson extended his hit streak to 17 games, while Nikorak joins him now with a 10-game hit streak.  Junior Jabair Khan recorded all two of his three RBI's on a double, driving in one more on a sacrifice fly.

After both pitchers threw scoreless firsts, it looked as though fans at Skip Wilson Field may be witnessing a mild day at the plate.  St. Peter's woke up the bats in the top of the second, posting five runs on six hits off of Hockenberry.  The Owls' freshman starter secured the final two outs of the inning after the damage was done, and impressively kept his composure to throw two more scoreless frames after that.

Temple's offense was not about to be outdone in its weekend finale, chipping away at the Peacocks lead with three runs in the third. Senior Ben Flanary led off the frame with a single up the middle, advancing to third on a double by junior Cameron Green.  Khan stepped up and roped a double to left center, plating two runs.  Khan put himself in better scoring position by swiping third, scoring on a passed ball.

Three runs in the fourth put the Owls up for good.  Sophomore Henry Khabe, getting the nod at designated hitter today, reached base on an error to start the inning.  Freshman Will Remmilard singled to put runners on first and second, with a well placed bunt on the first base line by Flanary moving the runners up one bag.  Green took one on the shoulder to load the bases, setting up a bases-loaded clearing double for McKoy to give Temple a 6-5 lead.

The Owls would not let up, posting three more runs in the bottom of the fifth.  Nikorak singled to start things off, scoring on a double by Ferguson.  Knabe punched a single into left to put runners on the corners, with Ferguson scoring on a sacrifice fly by Remillard.  A walk to Flanary and Green loaded the bases for Khan, who hit a fly ball just deep enough into center to allow Yarborough - pinch runner for Knabe - to score and put the Owls up 9-5.

St. Peter's picked up a pair in the top of the eighth, but Temple matched it in the bottom half of the frame to erase the damage that had been done.  Nikorak beared down for the ninth, giving up two hits but securing the final outs to earn the win.

Temple finishes its homestand with a contest against Monmouth at Skip Wilson Field on Tuesday, March 22 at 3:00 p.m.
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