– Freshman Annie Marcopolus
hit two of Temple's five first inning homeruns, leading her squad to an 8-0 win over visiting Delaware State Wednesday afternoon in TU's final non-conference game of the season. The Owls scored all eight of their runs in the opening frame.
Marcopolus led off the bottom of the first with a solo homerun to center field for the 1-0 lead. Ali Robinson
followed with a walk and Sarah Prezioso
drove her in with a double to the right centerfield gap. Stephanie Pasquale
then belted her school single-season record 14th
homer of the year over the center field fence for the 4-0 lead.
Pasquale's homer chased starter Rachel Meagley, and Kelsey Dominik
and Leah Lucas
welcomed new pitcher Stephanie Sarris with back-to-back dingers to put the team up 6-0. After Devynne Nelons
was hit by a pitch, Sarris finally got the first two outs of the inning, but Marcopolus came back up and sent a two-run shot over the centerfield fence to make it 8-0. The five first inning homers tied an NCAA record for homeruns in one inning.
Sarris settled into a groove after that first frame, sitting the next six TU batters down in order before Julia Kastner
singled through the left side to open the fourth. Marcopolus followed with her third hit of the day, a single back up the middle that hit Sarris in the head. The Hornets pitcher was shaken up but walked off the field on her own, giving way to Jennifer Fischbach. Fischbach got the next three out to get out of the inning with no further damage.
Owls' pitcher Jessica Mahoney
(7-10) got three-straight outs in the top of the fifth to end the game by mercy-rule. The sophomore gave up just two hits, struck out four and walked none. Meagley (5-13) took the loss, giving up three hits, four runs and a walk without recording an out.
Temple improves to 28-22 overall, making them just the sixth TU team to reach 28 wins. The Owls have four critical Atlantic 10 games this weekend against George Washington and Fordham, jockeying for seeding position for the upcoming A-10 tournament.
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