Baseball Preps For Home Opener With Trip To Delaware State

Baseball Preps For Home Opener With Trip To Delaware State

PHILADELPHIA - A trip to Delaware State today separates the Temple baseball team from its home opener on Wednesday, when the Owls host Maryland Eastern Shore to kick off a nine-game homestand at Skip Wilson Field.  Temple is slated for a 2:30 p.m. start time on both days.

The Owls (3-5) had a competitive weekend at the Elon Invitational, in which Temple took on West Virginia and host Elon.  Senior Byron McKoy and junior Jabair Khan led the Owls with three hits apiece over the two games, while senior Ryan Ferguson and freshman Will Remillard each ripped a home run.

McKoy and Ferguson rank as the top two hitters for the Owls through the first eight games.  McKoy leads Temple in batting (.421), hits (16), runs scored (11) and stolen bases (5-5), while Ferguson, riding an eight game hit streak, owns a .417 batting average and a team-high 11 RBI.

A pair of juniors are making an impact at the plate for Temple.  Khan and Taylor Juran rank third on the team batting .400.  Khan, three-for-four in stolen base attempts, ranks third on the team with 12 hits.

Freshman Matt Hockenberry (1-1) is scheduled to start for the Owls against Delaware State.  The Hanover, Pa., native opened his career with a win over North Carolina Central in the season opening series, earning Philadelphia Big 5 Pitcher of the Week honors for his efforts.  No starter for Wednesday's game against Maryland Eastern Shore has been announced.

Scouting Delaware State...
The Hornets (3-7) split a doubleheader at Buffalo last weekend to avoid a series sweep.  Sophomore Ryan Haas leads DSU batting .353 (12-34) with six RBI through the team's first 10 games.  Delaware State will be sending Tommy Dill to the hill to start, a freshman who owls a record of 1-0 and a 1.12 earned run average.

Scouting Maryland Eastern Shore...
Maryland Eastern Shore is off to a rocky start in 2011, posting a 1-11 record.  The team's lone win was a 9-8 decision over Fairleigh Dickinson.  Tre-von Johnson leads the team batting .408 through 12 games, recording three doubles and two triples.  Freshman Tyler Witte will take the mound for the Hawks to start today.  Witte owns a 9.26 earned run average in three appearances, which includes two starts.

Series History...
Temple topped Delaware State 14-6 last season to even the all-time series at 1-1.  The previous meeting was in March 12 2008, when the Hornets edged the Owls 14-11. Temple is a perfect 4-0 against Maryland Eastern Shore with the series dating back to 2003.  The Owls have not played the Hawks since 2008, with a 2009 meeting cancelled due to weather issues.
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