Temple Evens the Weekend Series with 5-1 Saturday Victory

FINAL: Temple 5, VCU 1 (Richmond, Va.- The Diamond at the HDL Inc. Athletic Village)

VCU STARTERS: Cullen (CF), Bunn (LF), Cujas (3B), Machin (SS), Buran (RF), Acker (DH), Marino (1B), Crimi (2B), Octavi (C), Farrar (P)

TEMPLE STARTERS: Queja (2B), Lustrino (SS), Knabe (3B), Peterson, D. (1B), Elko (DH), Nist (C), Hall (CF), Stiles (LF), Kerrigan (RF), Peterson, E. (P)

THE BASICS: Temple scored the game's first four runs and the Owls' pitching staff limited the Rams to just four hits, taking game two of the series 5-1 on Saturday afternoon.


  • Temple (13-17, 4-7 Atlantic 10) scored two runs in the top of the first inning. With two outs Henry Knabe and Derek Peterson reached base on back-to-back walks. After an error loaded the bases, the Owls scored both runs on a wild pitch and passed ball, taking a 2-0 lead.
  • The Owls added two more runs in the top of the second inning. Patrick Kerrigan singled to start the rally with one out. Following a strike out, Nick Lustrino doubled to right field scoring Kerrigan. The next batter, Knabe roped a double into right field plating Lustrino and giving Temple a 4-0 advantge.
  • VCU (16-16, 3-5) answered with a run in the bottom of the sixth inning. Freshman James Bunn singled up the middle, starting the rally. Sophomore Vimael Machin singled, putting runners on the corners with one out. The next batter, senior Taylor Buran, flew out to left field, and it was deep enough to score Bunn, cutting the Temple lead to 4-1.
  • The Owls added an insurance run in the top of the ninth inning. Kerrigan reached base after striking out to start the rally. Jordan Queja singled, putting runners on the corners with no outs. Lustrino followed with a sacrifice fly to left field, giving Temple a 5-1 lead.


  • Senior starting pitcher Ryan Farrar threw five innings, allowed four runs (two earned), three hits and struck out five. He was charged with his fourth loss of the season.
  • Sophomore Dan Black went the final four innings for the Black and Gold. He did not surrender an earned run, allowing three hits and striking out one.
  • Temple starting pitcher Eric Peterson threw seven innings, scattering four hits, allowing one run and struck out seven. He picked up his fifth victory of the season.
  • Lustrino finished 2-for-4 with two RBIs for the Owls.

"It was a disappointing loss, but we didn't do any of the good things that help you win ball games. Give credit to Eric Peterson he kept us off balance all day. Teams that win championships, win series at home and win on Sundays. We have opportunity to do both tomorrow and I expect the team to respond tomorrow."
- Coach Shawn Stiffler on the game

VCU and Temple conclude their series, Sunday, April 14 at The Diamond, part of the HDL Inc. Athletic Village. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.