Baseball Hosts #10/7 Louisville in American Action This Weekend
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Baseball Hosts #10/7 Louisville in American Action This Weekend



Temple hosts No. 10/7 Louisville on May 9-11. The first pitch on Friday, May 9 is slated for 3 p.m. at Skip Wilson Field in Ambler.  

The series resumes at Campbell's Field in Camden. On Saturday, May 10, play begins at 11 a.m.  The series concludes on Sunday, May 11 at Noon.  

Owls TV will videostream the games live online with Ed LeFurge/Justin Diaz calling the action and Ean Dunn/Eric Getzoff providing analysis.

The Owls, under third-year head coach Ryan Wheeler, stand 12-27 overall and 7-11 in American Athletic Conference play.

After 39 games, senior 1B Robert Amaro is the Owls' leading hitter with a .318 batting average. He has 23 runs, a team-best 47 hits, three home runs, and a team-best 35 RBI in 39 starts. A starter in all 39 games, sophomore OF Jimmy Kerrigan  (.285) follows with 13 runs on 41 hits and 12 RBI. Senior 3B Derek Peterson (.275) has scored a team-best 27 runs on 41 hits with a team-leading 21 doubles.  Senior OF Bobby Heitzman (.257) has scored 11 runs on 18 hits and has eight doubles, a triple, and 12 RBI.

On the mound, senior RHP Matt Hockenberry (3.97 ERA) sports a 4-4 record in 70.1 innings pitched, the most of any Owl.  He's fanned 51 batters and walked 17.  Redshirt senior RHP Ryan Kuehn (3.60 ERA) has pitched in 12 contests with seven starts. He has fanned 18 batters and walked 13.  Freshman RHP Patrick Vanderslice (6.32 ERA) has appeared in 14 games with five starts.  He's struck out 20 batters and walked 13.  

The No. 10/7 Cardinals, under the guidance of eighth-year head coach Dan McConnell put their 11-game winning streak on the line.  The Cardinals stand 38-11 overall and 14-4 in American Athletic Conference play.

Senior OF Jeff Gardner (.347), this week's American Player of the Week, leads the Cardinals in hitting with 29 runs, 61 hits, 18 doubles, and 55 RBI.  Senior OF/LHP Cole Sturgeon (.316) follows with 45 runs, 62 hits, and 25 RBI.  Junior IF Grant Kay (.307) has 44 runs, 50 hits, and 35 RBI. Junior IF Sutton Whiting has a team-best 30 (of 35) stolen bases.

On the mound, sophomore RHP Kyle Funkhouser (2.05 ERA), who earned this' week's American Pitcher of the Week honors, is 9-2 in 12 appearances with 12 starts.  He has pitched 79.0 innings, fanned 73 batters, and walked 46.  Junior RHP Jared Ruxer (2.36) is 7-1 in 12 games with 12 starts.  He has pitched 72.1 innings and has 64 strikeouts and 16 walks.  Sophomore RHP Anthony Kidston (3.86 ERA) is 5-0.  He has pitched 37.1 innings with 35 strikeouts and 22 walks. Junior RHP Nick Burdi (0.68) has 12 saves in 22 appearances.  He has 45 strikeouts, eight walks, and only one extra-base hit in 26.2 innings pitched.

This is the first meeting between Temple and Louisville on the diamond.  

Temple's final two series of the regular season are against nationally ranked opponents.

The last time the Owls upset a nationally ranked foe was last season when TU claimed a 7-3 win at No. 24 Virginia Tech (Feb. 23, 2013).

•    Temple stands third in the American in triples (12) and first in least home runs allowed (6).
•    Three Owls— Robert Amaro, Jimmy Kerrigan, and Derek Peterson— have started every game this season.
•    Senior Matt Hockenberry has been the Owls' No. 1 pitcher all season.  In the American Athletic Conference, he is ranked No. 4 in strikeouts looking (17), No. 9 in strikeouts (51), No. 10 in innings pitched (70.1). Hockenberry is tied for first in home runs allowed (0).
•    R-junior Zach Batchelor is TU's top reliever.  He is now tied for seventh in career saves for Temple with six.  He is also tied for fourth of the season record for saves.  Batchelor is tied for seventh in the conference in saves (4).
•    Senior IF Derek Peterson ranks No. 1 in the American and No. 3 nationally in doubles (21).  His 21 doubles tie for third on the single-season chart.  The record is 23 doubles, set by Steve Nikorak in 2011.
•    In the American senior Robert Amaro is No. 7 in RBI (35) and No. 5 in putouts (348).
•    Temple played its first home game of the 2014 season on April 1 vs. Delaware.
•    Mother Nature has not been kind to Temple this spring, cancelling or postponing
    all home games until April 1. Overall, a total of 19 games have been cancelled or rescheduled.
•    TU opened American Athletic Conference play at Memphis, capturing two wins.
•    The Owls hosted Cincinnati in their first American Athletic Conference home games, claiming two victories.
•    Senior Robert Amaro is the nephew of Philadelphia Phillies' general manager Ruben Amaro.
•    Four conference schools— Cincinnati, Houston, Louisville, and Memphis are first-time opponents.

Temple closes out the regular season with a three-game American Athletic Conference series at Campbell's Field in Camden. The Owls host No. 16/18 Houston on Thursday, May 15 at 3 p.m.; on Friday, May 16 at 3 p.m.; and on Saturday, May 17 at 11 a.m.
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