After dropping the first game of the three-game series, Temple (14-17, 5-7 Atlantic 10 Conference) defeated VCU (16-17, 3-6 A-10) 4-3 to take weekend series in Richmond, VA.
On Friday, the Rams defeated the Owls 2-1 despite a strong pitching performance behind sophomore pitcher Patrick Peterson. Sophomore pitcher Eric Peterson earned his fifth win of the season on Saturday in the 5-1 defeat of VCU. In the weekend finale Sunday, the Owls were led by junior first baseman Derek Peterson.
In the top of the first inning, Temple jumped out to the early 1-0 lead as Peterson hit a sacrifice-fly to right field, scoring senior second baseman Jordan Queja.
With a run in the second and fourth inning off of redshirt-senior pitcher Dan Moller the Rams led the Owls 2-1 at the completion of the fourth inning.
A single from senior third baseman Henry Knabe tied the game 2-2 as freshman right fielder Jimmy Kerrigan scored.
Following a VCU run in the sixth inning, the Owls took the 4-3 lead in the top of the eighth inning. A bases loaded walk drawn by redshirt-junior pinch hitter Daniel Dragos scored Peterson and a Kerrigan single allowed senior pinch runner Elijah Yarborough to score, giving Temple the lead and eventual win.
In the bottom of the ninth inning, redshirt-junior pitcher Ryan Kuehn came entered for the Owls and earned his first save of the 2013 season.
Temple will be back in action on Friday, April 19 when they travel to Kingston, RI for a three-game series with Rhode Island.
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