- Scoring all of its runs over the first three innings, the Temple baseball team took down Delaware State, 10-2, Tuesday afternoon at Soldier Field. The Owls, now 4-5 on the season, were led by a three-RBI day at the plate from sophomore Dan Dragos and strong outing by freshman Matt Hockenberry
Hockenberry (2-1) gave up no runs over seven innings to earn his second win of the year. He allowed just three hits to the Hornets, fanning seven batters and walking only one. Redshirt-sophomore Steve Visnic
came on for the final two innings, allowing two runs but closing out the game.
Delaware State freshman Tommy Dill (1-1) took the loss, being pulled after two innings in which he gave up seven earned runs.
Dragos drove in three out of the first six runs of the game, collecting a single and a home run to go two-for-five on the afternoon. Seniors Ryan Ferguson
and Adrian Perez
drove in two runs apiece, both going two-for-five as well.
The Owls jumped out to a two run lead in the first inning. Perez reached base on an error by the third baseman, moving over to third as the Hornets threw it around on a ball hit by Ferguson. Redshirt-junior Steve Nikorak
stepped in and singled to plate Perez, with Dragos coming up as the next batter and singling to score Ferguson.
Two more in the top of the second would be all the Owls needed. Freshman Will Remillard
(2-4, 2 2B) led off the frame with a double to left center, moving over on a bunt-single by junior Cameron Green
. Junior Jabair Khan
bunted to move Green to second, with senior Byron McKoy
driving in Remillard on a groundout to short. Perez singled to center to score Green and give the Owls a 4-0 lead.
Temple took advantage of Hockenberry mowing down the Hornets and put up six more in the third. Nikorak led off the frame with a double to right center, scoring after Dragos ripped a homer to right field. Junior Taylor Juran
kept the inning going with a single to right, advancing to third on a double by Remillard which chased DSU's Dill. Green came up as the next batter and grounded out to score Juran. The Owls put up another run on an RBI-single by Perez, and a two-RBI single from Ferguson.
Hockenberry kept the runs off the board for Temple, handing the ball over to Visnic for the final two frames. After Visnic pitched a scoreless eighth, the Hornets picked up two in the ninth on three hits.
The Owls make their Skip Wilson Field debut tomorrow as they host Maryland Eastern Shore at 2:30 p.m. Junior Jimmy Devine
is slated to start for the Owls, going against freshman Tyler Witte of UMES.