Diamond Owls Travel To Rhode Island For A-10 Series

Diamond Owls Travel To Rhode Island For A-10 Series

PHILADELPHIA - Once again boasting the nation's top offense, the Temple baseball team travels to Rhode Island this weekend for an Atlantic 10 series against the Rams beginning Friday, April 29.  Temple, now 21-17, 3-9 in A-10 play, takes on a Rhode Island team that third in the league with a 23-17, 9-6 A-10 record.  Live stats will be offered for every game this weekend.

As a unit, Temple combines to lead the nation with a team batting average of .344.  Leading the charge for the Owls is the new career-leader in hits, senior Byron McKoy.  McKoy wrote himself into the record books last weekend, breaking the all-time hit mark set by Bob Filler.  The Charlotte, N.C., native owns an impressive 244 career hits heading into action this weekend, leading the club with a .381 (64-168, 12 2B, 42 R) batting average.

Redshirt-junior Steve Nikorak ranks right behind McKoy hitting .378 (62-164, 7 HR), posting a team and conference-best 19 doubles and 46 RBI.  Nikorak ranks third in the conference with 62 hits on the year, right behind McKoy and senior Adrian Perez (.360, 64-178, 17 2B, 44 R) who are tied for the A-10 lead with 64.

Perez and senior Ryan Ferguson are tied for second on the team with 43 RBI.  Ferguson, who tops the squad with nine homers, ranks third on the team hitting .364 (60-165, 11 2B).  Sophomore Daniel Dragos (.363, 37-102, 6 2B) has been hot as of late, earning Philadelphia Big 5 Player of the Week honors this past Monday.

Senior Ben White (4-6, 5.17 ERA, 61 K) will make his regularly scheduled start on Friday to open the series, going against lefty Anthony Pisani (4-0, 2.25 ERA) of URI.  On Saturday, junior Brant Norlander (3-2, 5.40 ERA) gets the nod for the Owls with righty Kevin Graveline (4-3, 3.30 ERA) starting for the Rams.  Freshman Matt Hockenberry (2-1, 6.45 ERA) returns to the Sunday slot for Temple to wrap up the series, going up against lefty Stephen Peterson (4-3, 3.91 ERA).

Scouting Rhode Island...

Greg Annarummo leads the Rams batting .349 (44-126, 7 2B, 4 3B), with Jeff Cammans (.347, 6 2B) and Tom Coulombe (.301, 14 2B) leading the squad with 50 hits each.  Coulombe also leads URI with 37 RBI.

Series History...
Temple holds the advantage in the all-time series with a record of 53-35 against Rhode Island.  The Rams took two of three games at Skip Wilson Field in the 2010 meeting between the two teams, with the Owls pulling off a clean sweep in the 2008 series.
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