- Costly errors that were capitalized on by Massachusetts left the Temple baseball team with a 14-2 loss in the series opener at Skip Wilson Field on Friday afternoon. The Owls are now 15-15 overall, 2-8 in Atlantic 10 play while the Minutemen improve to 10-15, 4-3 in A-10 play.
Senior Ben White
(3-6) started for the Owls and kept UMass down over the first five frames before getting into trouble in the sixth and seventh. White fanned five and walked just two, but gave up seven earned to take the loss. Junior Tyler Horst
relieved White and recorded the final out of the seventh, with the freshman duo of Phil Gianakos
and Ryan Davis
finishing up the game.
Senior Byron McKoy
led Temple at the plate going three-for-five with an RBI. Junior Taylor Juran
drove in a run and scored once, while redshirt-junior Steve Nikorak
added the same. Freshman Will Remillard
and sophomore Henry Knabe
were the only two Owls to record extra base hits, each ripping a double.
Junior Glen Misho turned in a complete game performance for UMass, limiting the Owls to just two runs. Misho did give up 10 hits to the Owls, striking out two and walking none.
The Minutemen took a 1-0 lead after the first half inning of play, but the Owls battled back to tie the game in the bottom of the second. Juran hit a one-out single to start things off, moving to second on a two-out single by senior Ben Flanary
. McKoy poked a single into left that plated Juran to tie the game at 1-1.
White held UMass scoreless in the third, but the Minutemen put the game out of reach with 10 unanswered runs over the next four innings. Temple posted another run in the bottom of the eighth, but allowed three more in the top of the ninth to put the final at 14-2.
With his three hits today, McKoy is now tied with Jamie Abercrombie (2006-09) for second place all-time on the Temple career hit list, each owning 231.
Game two of the three game series has been moved to 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 16, at Skip Wilson Field.