Diamond Owls Falter In Series Finale At Elon
Byron McKoy

Diamond Owls Falter In Series Finale At Elon

Box Score

ELON, N.C.
- After a four-hour rain delay, the Temple baseball team's game against Elon finally got underway, with the Phoenix (8-4) coming away with a 12-3 win in the series finale.  The Owls (3-5) were led by a three-for-five day at the plate from senior Byron McKoy.

Junior Brant Norlander started for the Owls, and despite struggling with his command he only allowed two runs.  Norlander struck out four and walked seven over four innings of work, handing the ball over to redshirt-junior Steve Nikorak.  Nikorak (0-1) took the loss, giving up four runs over three innings.  Freshman Zach Batchelor secured two outs in the eighth, while redshirt-sophomore Steve Visnic got the final out in the frame.

Freshman David Whitehead went seven innings to earn the win.  Whitehead limited the Owls to two runs even with giving up six hits.

After Elon picked up one in the first, neither side would plate a run until the top of the fifth when Temple took its only lead of the game.  Freshman Will Remillard reached base on a fielder's choice to start the frame, advancing to second on a sacrifice bunt by junior Jabair Khan.  McKoy hit an infield single and moved to second on an errant throw by the second baseman, with the hit scoring Remillard.  McKoy would eventually plate on a single by senior Adrian Perez, giving the Owls a 2-1 lead.

Norlander kept Elon scoreless in the second, third and fourth, but walked the first batter of the fifth and was relieved by Nikorak.  The Phoenix tied it up in the frame, and would take the lead with four runs in the bottom of the sixth to go up 6-2.

Senior Ryan Ferguson greeted Elon reliever sophomore Grant McCoury by belting his first home run of the year to lead off the eighth, bringing Temple within striking distance only down 6-3.  It would be the last of the scoring for the Owls, with Elon adding six more in the bottom of the frame.

Walks and errors proved costly for Temple, who allowed 12 free passes on the day.  Temple matched Elon in the hits column, with each team posting eight.

Temple travels to Delaware State on Tuesday (2:30 p.m.) before the team's home opener on Wednesday, taking on Maryland Eastern Shore (2:30 p.m.).
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