Baseball Travels To Rhode Island For A-10 Weekend Set

Baseball Travels To Rhode Island For A-10 Weekend Set

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Winners of three of its last four games, Temple Baseball will look to clinch its second straight Atlantic 10 Conference series when it visits the Rhode Island Rams in Kingston this weekend. The three-game set gets underway Friday at 3:00 p.m. at Bill Beck Field. Sophomore lefthander Patrick Peterson, who is coming off his first career complete game, will have the ball for the Owls. The series continues Saturday with a 1:00 p.m. first pitch and will close out on Sunday at Noon. Live stats and live audio will be provided for all three games.

The Owls enter the weekend 14-17 overall and 5-7 in A-10 play, which has the team tied for ninth in the league standings, while their opponent—the Rhode Island Rams are 19-17 on the year and are tied for fourth place in the A-10 with a record of 6-3.

Senior Henry Knabe remains the team's leading hitter with a .365 clip and 25 RBI. His 42 hits ranks second on the team to junior Derek Peterson (43).
Batting out of the No. 2 hole, shortstop Nick Lustrino is ranked third on the team  with a .331 batting average on the season.  Last week against Saint Peter's and at VCU, he hit .500 with eight hits—three of which were for extra bases. Lustrino had three multi-hit games on the week, while driving in six runs, including the game-winning RBI double against Saint Peter's.

Freshman Jimmy Kerrigan has been on a hot streak of late and is coming off A-10 Co-Rookie of the Week honors. Last week, he started all four games through which he scored six runs to help Temple to 3-1 week. Kerrigan led the Owls with a .538 batting average, as he went 7-for-13 the dish. After the Owls had trailed by four runs to Saint Peter's, Kerrigan provided the game-tying base hit, which set his team up for the come-from-behind win. In TU's only loss on the week, Kerrigan went 3-for-4 and scored his team's only run. Guiding the Owls to the series win at VCU last Sunday, the Owls' right fielder hit a clutch single in the eighth inning to provide what proved to be the game-winning run.

Sophomore RHP Eric Peterson will toe the rubber in game two of this weekend's series against Rhode Island. Peterson holds a 1.82 ERA with a 5-0 record this season. He is already attracted national attention for himself, as he was awarded the College Baseball's National Pitcher of the Week after his near no-hitter back on April 7. In his ensuing start, which was at VCU last week, Peterson threw his third-straight quality start. In that game, he surrendered his first run in 19 scoreless innings. Entering his start on Saturday, Peterson has been charged with just two runs in his last 24 innings of work.

URI rolls into the weekend batting .248 as a team. Carrying the load for the Rams has been Connor Foreman, who leads the squad with a .289 batting average. Tim Caputo has pounded out a team-high 35 hits and has scored a URI-most 25 runs. Mike Lebel has three home runs and has knocked in 24 run for the Rams.

On the mound, Sean Furey has been tough to face despite a 4-3 record. Furey has been charged with just 12 runs in nine starts, bringing his ERA down to a 1.72. Teams are hitting .215 against him. Mike Bradstreet has made eight starts and is 5-3 (3.62 ERA), while Milan Mantle owns a 3-1 mark through six starts. Bobby Dean has been lights out of the bullpen, having seven saves.
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