Baseball Drops A-10 Opener To Saint Joseph’s, 8-3

Baseball Drops A-10 Opener To Saint Joseph’s, 8-3

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AMBLER, Pa. – Temple Baseball's season-long four game winning ended today when they fell to Saint Joseph's, 8-3, in their Atlantic 10 conference opener.  The Owls scored three runs in the first but were unable to produce another run during the final eight innings of the game.

The Owls scored two of the three runs during the opening inning of the bat of Henry Knabe who drove a double into left field.  Knabe's two RBIs increased his season total to 15 overall.  TU could not get the bats going for the rest of the game as they struggled from the plate recording only three hits and no runs after the first inning.

Left hander Patrick Peterson started the game for the Owls and pitched 5.1 innings allowing five earned runs while striking out four batters.  The loss was Peterson's third on the year as he falls to 1-3. 

Starting pitcher for the Hawks, Kyle Mullen, dominated the Owls after the first inning as he threw 8.0 innings recording five strikes only allowing five hits.  Mullen improved to 3-3 on the season with the win.  Mullen also became the all-time strikeout leader for St. Joseph's.

St. Joseph's scored in two innings, second and sixth, as they scored three and four runs respectively.  St. Joseph's scored three runs on three hits during the top of the second inning led by senior Anthony Cirillo deep double to left field that plated two runs.  Cirillo also added an RBI single in the Hawks' four run sixth inning to increase the lead to 7-3.  The senior finished the game 3-for-4 with two runs and four RBIs.

Sophomore Nick Lustrino led the Owls in hits with two as he reached base safely for the 17th consecutive game.  The shortstop has reached base every game this season.  Lustrino now leads the Owls in hits with 24 on the season.

Reliever Zach Batchelor was the second pitcher out of the bullpen and recorded three scoreless innings to keep the Owls in the game.  This was the redshirt sophomore first scoreless appearance of the season. 

After seeing their winning streak snapped, the Owls are now 7-10 on the year and will return to play tomorrow against St. Joseph's looking to find their first conference win.  First pitch is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. on Saturday afternoon at Skip Wilson Field.
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