Baseball Drops Doubleheader to UMass-Lowell and Rider

Baseball Drops Doubleheader to UMass-Lowell and Rider

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WILSON, N.C. – Temple baseball (1-2) dropped a doubleheader on Sunday, losing 7-2 to Rider and 14-3 to UMass Lowell.

The first game of the doubleheader came against UMass-Lowell.  Temple scored the first run of the game in the first inning.  Robert Amaro singled to left to knock in Daniel Dragos, who singled to left field to get on base.

UMass-Lowell scored two runs in the top of the second inning to take the lead.  Matthew Sanchez scored on a fielder's choice by Kelly Rooney, and Ian Strom batted in a run with a double the next at bat.

Both teams scored in a run in the third.  Derek Peterson doubled to left center to knock in Dragos.

After the third inning, UMass-Lowell took over the game, scoring four in the fourth, two in the sixth, and five in the ninth. Temple added one run in the sixth inning when Amaro doubled to left field to score Peterson.

Simon Mathews earned the loss for Temple, going four innings and allowing 11 hits, seven earned runs , zero walks and striking out two.

Amaro went three for four with a double and two RBI while Peterson went two for three with two doubles, a walk and one RBI.

Temple played Rider 45 minutes after the completion of the game against UMass-Lowell. Temple beat Rider on Saturday 15-8.

The game started out as a pitcher's duel with five scoreless innings.  Preston Hill started the game and allowed only one hit with three strikeouts during the first five innings.  Rider's starting pitcher Zach Mawson only one hit in the first five innings as well.

Rider opened the scoring in the top of the sixth inning with seven runs.  The Broncs used seven hits and two hit by pitches to score the runs.  Zach Batchelor relieved Hill with two outs in the inning, and ended the inning with a fly out to right field.

Temple added one run when they came up to bat in the sixth inning.  David Hall and Bobby Heitzman both walked to start the inning.  Hall stole third and scored on a sac fly by Sean Arnott.

The Owls added one run in the ninth with a Michael D'Acunti single that knocked in Peterson.  Temple loaded the bases afterwards after Jimmy Kerrigan and Hall walked, but Eric Thomas got Heitzman to strike out to end the game.

Batchelor, Ryan Kuehn and Tim McCarthy combined for three and one-thirds of scoreless relief out of the bullpen.

Peterson, Amaro and D'Acunti each had a hit to combine for Temple's only hits in the game.

The Owls will be in Richmond, Va. next weekend to face Virginia Commonwealth for a three game series.  The first game will be on Friday at 3:00 p.m.
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