Owls' Softball Finishes Florida Trip with Two-Game Split on Saturday

Owls' Softball Finishes Florida Trip with Two-Game Split on Saturday

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WINTER HAVEN, Fla. – The Temple softball team closed out its southern trip with two final games at the Rebel Spring Games on Saturday, March 8. The Owls dropped an 8-0 decision to Akron, before rallying to defeat Saint Peter's, 6-5.
 
TU could not get its offense going against Akron, falling in a 2-0 hole after one inning. The Zips continued to add to that, while the Cherry & White managed to spread just three hits over the six-inning game.
 
Temple's best opportunity came in the second, when Brooklin White and Annie Marcopolus hit back-to-back two-out singles, but Akron pitcher Erin Seiler (3-0) got out of the jam with a strikeout to keep the shutout intact.
 
The Owls ended the weekend on a strong note, however, coming from behind to defeat Saint Peter's, 6-5. The Peacocks appeared to have the game in hand after a five run second inning gave them a 5-1 lead. But TU pitchers Amanda Gatt and Kelsey Dominik (4-4) combined to shut SPU down the rest of the way.
 
And then the Temple offense starting clicking. The Cherry & White made it 5-2 with a run in the third, and then tied the game with a three-run sixth inning. Julia Kastner and Sarah Prezioso each had RBI singles in the frame. Prezioso also stole her seventh base of the season and needs just two more to become Temple's all-time leader.
 
After Dominik got out of a situation in the top of the seventh to maintain the tie game, the TU offense came through in the bottom of the inning for the come-from-behind win. Leah Lucas and Dominik hit back-to-back singles to open the inning, and White came through with a one-out shot to right centerfield that scored Lucas, and ended the contest in Temple's favor, 6-5.
 
Dominik tossed four innings of scoreless ball, allowing just two hits while walking two and striking out three. Gatt went three innings in the start, giving up four hits, five runs, two walks and two strikeouts. Erica Colon took the loss in six innings of work, surrendering 10 hits, walking three and striking out four.
 
Dominik helped herself offensively in the game, going 3-for-4 at the plate. Prezioso (2-for-3), Lucas (2-for-3) and White (2-for-4) also collected multiple hits.
 
Temple is 7-11 overall and will play its first home games on Wednesday, March 12, when it hosts Delaware State for a doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m.
 
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