Box Score | Postgame Interviews (Perez & Devine)
- A five-RBI day at the plate from senior Adrian Perez
and a stellar outing from junior Jimmy Devine
led the Temple baseball team to a 14-1 home-opening win Wednesday afternoon at Skip Wilson Field. The Owls even their season record at 5-5, while the Hawks fall to 1-12.
Devine (2-1) did not allow a base runner until the second batter of the fourth inning, giving up just one hit and no earned runs over six innings to earn the win. He also struck out a career-high nine hitters. Junior Tyler Horst
came on and threw the final three frames scoreless to earn the save.
UMES starter freshman Tyler Witte lasted just three innings in the loss, giving up nine runs and allowing 10 hits. Zachary Saca tossed the final five innings, giving up two earned runs and eight hits.
Perez (3-6, 2B, 3B) led a potent Owls offense which again scored the bulk of its runs over the first three frames. The Woodland, Calif., native drove home five runs on three hits, also scoring twice. Junior Taylor Juran
aided his efforts with four RBI.
Temple jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first. Senior Byron McKoy
(3-5, 2B) led off with a single up the middle, advancing to second on a single by senior Ryan Ferguson
. A walk to redshirt-junior Steve Nikorak
loaded the sacks for Juran, who ripped a bases-clearing double to left.
Four more in the second padded the Owls' lead. Senior Ben Flanary
started things off with a single through the left side, scoring all the way from first on a double by Perez. A walk to Ferguson put runners on first and second for Nikorak, who singled to plate Perez and give Temple a 5-0 lead.
The Owls continued to pour on the scoring with a four-run fourth. With the bases loaded after a pair of singles from McKoy and Khan and a fielder's choice on Flanary, Perez roped a triple to left-centerfield to clear the bases. Perez would plate on a sacrifice fly by Ferguson.
Devine continued to work the Hawks to this point, and was looking very comfortable on the mound with a 9-0 lead. The Owls made it double-digits in the fifth, tacking on a run in a sloppy inning for the visitors.
The Hornets picked up a run in the sixth, capitalizing on an error and a few walks by Devine. Temple added four more in the eighth to ensure the victory.
McKoy ripped a double in the sixth to pick up his 200th career hit, becoming just the sixth player in Temple baseball history to reach that milestone. He now ranks sixth all-time and joins Bob Filler (1998-01, 234), Jamie Abercrombie (2006-09, 231), Rob Cucinotta (1999-03, 228), Tom Whalen (1993-96, 228) and Sean Barksdale (2007-09, 222), as a member of the prestigous club.
Temple remains at home for three games this weekend. The Owls are slated to host Cornell on March 11, Mount St. Mary's on March 12, and Iona on March 13 at Skip Wilson Field.