Owls Snatch Two From Leopards
April 17, 2012
EASTON, Pa. - Temple pounded out 10 hits in each game of a Tuesday doubleheader, leading to a pair of mercy-rule decisions (10-2, 9-1) over Lafayette softball at Metzgar Fields.
With the game tied 1-1 to start the third, Temple (19-17) took its first lead of the game. The Owls loaded the bases with two outs. Rachel Knable (2-for-4) hit her second home run of the season, a grand slam to right center for the 5-1 Temple advantage.
In the bottom of the inning, Lafayette (10-25) loaded the bases with no outs. Temple managed a groundout at home. The next batter, Alex Campanaro, drew a walk to push in a second run and make it 5-2. Temple starter Capri Catalano struck out the final two batters to strand three Lafayette baserunners.
Leading 7-2 going into the sixth, Temple put away the game with three runs on three hits. Sarah Prezioso doubled and later scored on Julia Kastner's sac fly. Kayla Cook doubled home two more runs to give the Owls a 10-2 advantage and the mercy-rule win.
Campanaro (1-8) took the loss, giving up 10 runs (eight earned) on 10 hits with six walks and three strikeouts. Catalano (5-7) was responsible for two runs on four hits with six strikeouts and a pair of walks.
In the second game, Temple struck for four runs in the first inning and never looked back. With two runners aboard Prezioso lifted an Emily Noel offering over the rightfield fence. Alex Stermel tacked on another run for Temple with a sac fly.
Temple extended its lead to 5-1 in the third on Christina Sykora's RBI-double, and then to 7-1 in the fourth as Stephanie Pasquale (double) and Cook (single) drove in a run apiece.
The Owls tacked on runs in the fifth and sixth, utilizing triples by Sykora and Ali Robinson. Sykora (3-for-4) tripled in the fifth and later scored on Robinson's fielder's choice. Robinson's three-bagger plated Temple's ninth run and an eight-run mercy-rule advantage.
Jessica Mahoney (4-2) secured the win, surrendering one run on three hits with three K's Emily Noel (0-3) took the loss in her fourth start of the year. She gave up nine runs (seven earned) on 10 hits with four strikeouts and seven walks.
Lafayette continues its mid-week action on Wednesday, playing a doubleheader at St. Peter's beginning at 3 p.m.