Lafayette Drops Non-League Contest to Temple

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March 13, 2013

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  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
 Lafayette 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 8 4
 Rider 0 1 0 1 1 2 2 3 x 10 14 0

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 Pitching IP H R ER BB SO
 Hockenberry - W (1-1) 6.0 7 2 2 1 4
 Gussaroff - L (0-1) 2.0 3 3 2 1 1
 Batting AB R
 Santomauro 3 0 2 0 1 0
 Hall 4 1 2 3 0 0

AMBLER, Pa. - Despite taking an early lead, Lafayette dropped a 10-3 decision to Temple on Wednesday afternoon at Skip Wilson Field. The loss drops Lafayette to 2-10 on the year, while the Owls improve to 4-9 this season.  

Kevin Casey, Alex Nickles and Andrew Santomauro each collected two hits for Lafayette in the loss, whereas Temple was led offensively with multi-hit performances by Nick Lustrino, Henry Knabe, Derek Peterson, Matt Elko and David Hall.

Freshman southpaw Ari Kaufman made his first collegiate start on the mound for Lafayette, throwing four solid innings and allowed two runs, both earned, while walking two and striking out two in a no-decision.

On the other side, Matt Hockenbury earned the win after allowing a pair of first-inning runs. Hockenbury settled down after the top of the first in which Casey led off with a single, Scott Kelleher followed with a base hit and Tyler Hudson ripped an RBI double to right to score Casey. Next up was Campbell Lipe, who hit into a fielder's choice to chase home Kelleher, prior to Hockenbury getting out of the inning without any further damage.

The Temple junior right-hander went six innings and allowed only four more hits, struck out four and walked one. Holding a 3-2 lead after Hockenbury's departure, Temple added two runs in the sixth, two more in the seventh and three in the eighth to break the game open.

Derek Gussaroff was charged with the loss after giving up a run in the fifth and two more in the sixth as Temple took a 5-2 lead. From there, Corey Spera (2 runs, 3 hits) and Mitch Leeds (3 runs, 4 hits) pitched the seventh and eighth innings, respectively, out of the Leopards' pen.

Lafayette returns to the diamond on Friday afternoon for the start of a three-game set in Jacksonville, Fla. against North Florida.