AMBLER, Pa. –
Sophomore Sarah Prezioso
chose a great time to hit the first grand slam of her career, leading the Temple softball team to a come-from-behind 6-5 win over visiting Saint Louis on Friday afternoon at Ambler Field. The victory gets the Owls (25-19, 10-5) one step closer to securing a spot in the upcoming Atlantic 10 championship.
Saint Louis (19-30, 6-9) took a 2-0 lead after two and half innings of play. Jessica Van Nostrand led off the inning with a single and Kerri Dockins drew a walk to follow. After Jessica Buschjost moved both runners up with a sacrifice bunt, Laura Bohning stepped in a drove a two-run double to left centerfield.
The Cherry and White responded with two runs of their own in the bottom of the frame. Senior Christina Sykora
sent the first pitch of her one-out at-bat over the left field fence, collecting her 99th career hit in the process, to make it a 2-1 game. Junior Ali Robinson
then walked and was sacrificed to second by senior Samantha Schoell
before Prezioso hit a ball through the left side to drive in Robinson and tie it up, 2-2.
The Billikens offense came alive again in the fifth, courtesy of Bohning's bat once again. With two on and two out, the designated player homered to centerfield to give her team a 5-2 lead. That hit, SLU's fifth of the game, chased starting pitcher sophomore Brooklin White
and freshman Jessica Mahoney
came on in relief, walking a batter before getting a lineout to end the inning.
Not to be outdone, the Owls came back to score four times in their half of the inning. With one out and the bases loaded after a single, a walk and a hit by pitch, Prezioso sent a 2-2 pitch deep over the center field fence to put her squad ahead, 6-5.
Mahoney put the visitors down in order in the top of the sixth, and both teams got one more baserunner via walks, but the bats were silenced and no more runs were scored for a 6-5 Temple victory.
Mahoney (5-3) pitched effectively in the relief appearance, going 2.1 innings and not allowing a hit while striking out two and walking two to pick up the win. White went 4.2 with five strikeouts and two walks before leaving the game. Hannah Huebbe (10-13) took the loss, going 5.0 innings, surrendering four hits, fanning four and issuing four walks.
Prezioso finished the game 2-for-3 with five RBI.
Temple hosts Saint Louis for another Atlantic 10 game tomorrow afternoon, beginning at noon.