ASHEVILLE, N.C. –
After letting Friday's series opener slip away, the Temple bullpen came back flawless on Saturday, helping the Owls and sophomore Eric Peterson
beat UNC Asheville, 7-2, at Greenwood Field. Temple ditches a five-game losing streak with the win to bring itself to 3-7 on the year.
Getting the ball after finishing the final 0.1 of Friday's game, Peterson gave an outstanding performance in his first start of the season. Through 5.0 innings of work, Peterson struck out five batters, while allowing two runs on five hits and two walks. The win for Peterson is the first of his career in a game in which he has started. It is also the first victory awarded to a Temple starting pitcher this season.
When the Owls' starter departed, redshirt senior Steve Visnic
was called out of the 'pen to start the sixth inning. In his two innings of work, he showed much improvement from Friday's outing, as he did not allow a single batter to reach base. Redshirt sophomore Ryan Kuehn
was nearly as dominant. Kuehn was unhittable as well, but surrendered only a walk to a Bulldog hitter.
On the offensive side, the Owls scored in each of the first four innings and combined for 11 hits on the day. Of that total, four players had two-hit games.
Batting out of the leadoff spot, senior Jordan Queja
reached base safely for the 14th straight game, dating back to last season, as he got on four times on Saturday. Queja went 2-for-3 with two walks, including a base hit in the second inning to score freshman Michael D'Acunti
, which broke a 1-1 tie to give the Owls the lead for good.
Sophomore Nick Lustrino
knocked in two runs on the day, one coming off his infield single in the sixth, which extended his hitting streak to 10 games.
Temple opened the scoring with a first inning run, which was provided by redshirt senior Matt Elko
when he looped a one out double into right center field, to score Lustrino. Elko later pounded out a leadoff single in the fifth, giving him a 2-for-5 day at the plate.
The Bulldogs tied the score in their half of the first on Robert McIntosh's RBI single that scored Kyle Towles.
In the ensuing inning and with D'Acunti and freshman Jimmy Kerrigan
being issued walks to lead off the inning, senior Allen Stiles
loaded the bases on a bunt single, setting Queja up to provide the game-winning run. Stiles went 2-for-4 to register is second straight two-hit game.
Junior Derek Peterson
scored two of Temple's seven runs, as he went 2-for-5 with a double and single. Peterson crossed the dish in the third inning when redshirt sophomore Connor Reilly
lined a single up the middle. In the seventh, he tacked on the last run for the Owls when Asheville pitcher Brian Connolly hurled a wild pitch.
The Owls will go for their first series win of the season on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. when the meet UNC Asheville for the third and final game of the weekend series at Greenwood Field.