ST. LOUIS -
Trailing 8-2 in the top of the seventh inning, the Temple Owls will resume its game with the Saint Louis Billikens on Saturday at 2:00 p.m., which will precede the originally scheduled game.
Before the bottom of the fourth inning, the game went into a delay due to lightning. When the game resumed at 9:03 p.m. ET, Temple and Saint Louis played to the start of the seventh inning when rain moved in, suspending the game until Saturday by the umpires.
Facing one of the top pitchers in the nation in Saint Louis' Alex Alemann, the Owls swiped seven hits and two runs off the Billiken right hander who is ranked fifth in the nation with an ERA of 0.74 and is allowing an average of just four hits a game.
Temple fell behind, 6-0, before getting on the board in the third inning when freshman Nick Lustrino
scored on a fielder's choice to short stop by Jordan Queja
The Billikens grabbed the six-run lead back in their third inning at-bat when it scored a run, but redshirt junior Matt Elko
cut back into the deficit in the fourth inning whe he led off the inning with a double to center before scoring later in the inning when Lustrino gorunded into the fielder's choice.
Saint Louis wasted no time getting out to a large lead and giving Alemann plenty of runs to work with. Owls' starter Matt Hockenberry
nailed the first two batters he faced before walking Alex Kelly to load the bases with no one away. On a 3-2 pitch, Steven Fernandez smashed a grand slam to put SLU up, 4-0 with no body out.
With two outs in the second inning and Mike Levine at second base, Kelly and Fernandez pounded out back-to-back singles to extend the Billikens' lead to a 6-0 cushion.
took over the mound in the fifth inning when the game resumed after the first delay, while Jerry Mancuso lifted Alemann from the ballgame in the sixth inning for the Billikens.
Pitchers of record at the moment are starters Hockenberry for Temple and Alemann of Saint Louis.