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Lafayette Travels to Philadelphia

March 12, 2013

Lafayette at Temple
March 13 
| Philadelphia, Pa. | Skip Wilson Field
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Game Preview
Lafayette stays on the road Wednesday afternoon with a trip to Philadelphia to take on Temple at 3 p.m. The Leopards come into the game 2-9 overall after two weekend trips to North Carolina, a midweek game with Rider and a four-game series at Maryland Eastern Shore.

Last Time Out
The Leopards are coming off a weekend series split at Maryland Eastern Shore. Lafayette went 2-2 and earned its first two wins of the season.

Temple Preview
The Owls enter Wednesday afternoon’s contest with a 3-9 record, with wins over Virginia Tech, Holy Cross and UNC Asheville. Temple is led offensively by senior Henry Knabe, who is batting .429 with 15 hits in 35 at bats while knocking in eight runs. Sophomore Nick Lustrino has 15 hits in 36 at bats with eight runs batted in. Junior Derek Peterson leads the Owls in RBI (13) and home runs (2). Lustrino, Peterson and senior Jordan Queja lead Temple with 10 runs scored apiece. 

All-Time Series
Temple holds a 37-28 advantage in a series that dates back to 1925. The Leopards have won three of the last four in the series.

Probable Starters 
LHP – Ari Kaufman (0-0, 12.00, 2 BB, 3 SO)
RHP – Matt Hockenberry (0-1, 9.32, 4 BB, 8 SO)

Weather Forecast
The forecast for this Wednesday is partly cloudy with a high of 51 degrees and a 10 percent chance of rain.

League Honors
Lafayette senior second baseman Kevin Casey was honorable mention in Patriot League Player of the Week voting this past week. The senior had five hits in 14 at bats last week, scoring a team-high seven runs. Casey had two doubles and two runs batted in to go along with six walks, leading the Leopards to their first two wins of the season. 

On Deck
The Leopards will travel to Jacksonville, Fla. next weekend to play three with North Florida.

Preseason Recognition
The Leopards were picked to finish fifth in the Patriot League Preseason Poll, after going 14-37-1 a season ago. Lafayette senior co-captain Kevin Casey garnered Preseason All-Patriot League honors at second base on the League’s inaugural preseason team. Casey hit .330 last season with 17 RBI.

- 14 home games, including 3 Patriot League series
- Home Patriot League series with Lehigh, Holy Cross and Army
- Non-conference home games vs. La Salle, Penn, Seton Hall and Rutgers
- Other non-conference games vs. Georgetown, Davidson, Campbell, Rider, Maryland Eastern Shore, Temple, North Florida, Wagner, Monmouth, Manhattan
- Lafayette renews its series with rival Lehigh with a pair of doubleheaders in Easton, Pa. on March 30 and 31.
- Two opponents from 2012 NCAA Tourney (Army and Manhattan)
- First time opponents in Campbell, Maryland Eastern Shore and North Florida