Baseball Suffers Doubleheader Sweep At Fordham
Elko went 3-for-3 in game one, including a three-run triple.

Baseball Suffers Doubleheader Sweep At Fordham

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BRONX, N.Y. – Temple and Fordham concluded their abbreviated three-game Atlantic 10 weekend series on Saturday by playing a doubleheader at Houlihan Park. Redshirt junior Matt Elko went a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate and the Owls took a commanding 5-1 lead in the third inning, but the Rams roared back to win game one, 6-5. Temple was no match for Fordham in the series rubber match as it fell, 9-2 to endure the twin bill and series sweep.

After Fordham (14-18, 6-3) tied the game at one in the second inning, the Owls offense came alive in the third inning—scoring four runs on four hits.

With two outs and two runners in scoring position, redshurt freshman right fielder Connor Reilly jammed to load up the bases for Elko, who slammed a triple into right field to clear the bases and put the Owls ahead, 4-1.

Senior Jabair Khan extended his hit streak to five games with his base hit that scored Elko to give Temple a threatening four-run lead.

The Rams avenged the offensive outburst from Temple with one of their own by responding with a three-spot in their half of the frame to reduce the margin to a single run.

Fordham got to Owls' starter Matt Hockenberry once more in the fifth inning when it tied the game off the sophomore right-hander. Hockenberry departed after a 100 pitch outing in which he allowed the five runs in nine hits—two of them being triples.

In relief for Hockenberry, redshirt junior Steve Visnic came in to keep the game in control for the Owls.

Visnic, who came in with the team's lowest ERA out of the bullpen and fewest runs allowed, gave up a double to Brian Kownacki in the seventh to score Mike Mauri, which would be the game-winner for the Rams.

Visnic finished the final 2.2 innings, allowing only the fourth run he's surrendered all season to drop his record to 1-1 on the year.

In game two, the Rams gave freshman left-hander Patrick Peterson is toughest challenge this season.

Fordham jumped out to a 7-0 lead before the Owls could get on the board when Henry Knabe scored from third base on a throwing error.

Knabe had a 2-for-3 day with the run scored. Only freshman Nick Lustrino had a multi-hit game in the backend of the twin bill, having a 2-for-4 day at the dish.

Peterson's day came to a close after 5.2, allowing for redshirt sophomore Ryan Kuehn to enter the game to take over.

Kuehn was hit for two more runs on five Fordham hits, which put the Rams in control heading into the ninth with an eight-run lead.

In the Owls last chance, Khan led off the ninth inning with a single to increase his hit streak to seven straight games. Later in the inning, David Hall's groundout to third base forced Khan home to make it a 9-2 ballgame, which is how it would remain.

With the loss, Temple has lost its last four games and falls to 12-19 overall and 0-6 in A-10 play. The Owls will get back to work on Tuesday afternoon when they head back to West Long Branch, N.J. when they make up the March 31 postponed game with the Monmouth Hawks and Kessler Field. First pitch will be at 3:00 p.m.
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