- Senior Ben White
did all he could to ensure a win in his final start at Skip Wilson Field, but a trio of costly misplays helped Saint Joseph's to a 4-1 win on Friday afternoon. Temple, now 23-25 overall, 3-16 in Atlantic 10 play on the year, managed a run in the seventh but were held to no more by the Hawks, who improve to 17-30, 7-12 in A-10 play.
White (4-8) gave up a run in the first but was dealing from there, and it looked like the Temple defense would be up to the task as well with several highlight reel plays to back up the Parkesburg, Pa., native. White struck out seven hitters and was credited with one earned run in his second complete game effort of the year.
The Temple bats were to slow to get started, coming on strong towards the end of the contest in what looked to be several rally starting innings. Senior Ryan Ferguson
led the Owls going two-for-four with his team-leading 10th homer of the year and a double.
Opposite White was a stellar start from SJU sophomore Kyle Mullen (6-5). Mullen limited Temple to just four hits and one run over eight innings, being relieved by junior Ryan Kemp (2) who earned the save with a scoreless ninth.
The Hawks picked up a run in the first, adding one more in the fifth and a pair in the third thanks to several errors from the Temple defense. Highlighting defensive action for the Owls was redshirt-junior Steve Nikorak
reaching over the third base fence to pull back a foul ball, and a diving catch in center by junior Jabair Khan
in the ninth.
Ferguson led off the seventh with a towering home run to left field, breaking up the shutout and giving the Owls some much needed momentum. The Glen Mills, Pa., native attempted to spark the offense again leading off the ninth with a double to left center. The rest of the bats were not up to the task, as Temple would be held scoreless and go down 4-1.
The series continues tomorrow with a double header beginning at noon. Owls' junior Brant Norlander
faces redshirt-senior Chad Semindinger of SJU in game one, while freshman Matt Hockenberry
takes on the Hawks' A.J. Holland.