The Owls improved to 10-7 (3-0 Atlantic Ten Conference) after completing a series sweep of Rhode Island this weekend, scoring 27 runs over the three-game set. Temple is on a five-game winning streak to begin conference play.
In the first game, senior Tom Dolan won his second straight start by allowing only one run over six innings. In the second game, freshman Byron McKoy was a triple short of hitting for the cycle.
Temple resumes play today against La Salle in the Liberty Bell Classic at Skip Wilson Field. Game time is scheduled for 3 p.m.
The Owls (5-8, 0-2 A-10) beat Delaware State, 14-0, before dropping a pair of games to Saint Bonaventure, 1-0 and 3-1, respectively, in a Saturday doubleheader. Junior pitcher and outfielder Katie Burdeaux notched her first win of the season against Delaware State, striking out six and helping her own cause with two home runs.
In the Owls’ A-10 opener against the Bonnies, senior pitcher Brianna Dairy (3-3) gave up one run and only three hits while Burdeaux (1-3) took the loss in the second game. Junior third baseman Courtney Norene hit her team-leading fifth home run in first game.
The Owls will host Coppin State in a non-conference doubleheader at Skip Wilson Field today at 2:30 p.m.
Following a road loss to Navy last week, the No. 14-ranked men’s gymnastics team partially bounced back at the William & Mary Invitational, beating Navy but losing to the event’s host.
At the invitational, senior Luke Vexler won the all around, floor exercise and horizontal bar while senior Sterling Kramer (parallel bars) and sophomore Scott Bloomfield (vault) also triumphed in their events.
Temple will attempt to defend its title at the ECAC Championships April 5 in West Point, N.Y. The Owls need to win the ECAC’s or outscore both Navy and Illinois-Chicago to advance to the NCAA Qualifier at Stanford University on April 17.
For the second consecutive week, the Owls finished last in a quad-meet, this time posting a score of 188.625 to trail behind host Pittsburgh, North Carolina and Cornell.
Temple’s top performers at Pittsburgh were junior Winter Sneed and senior Desiree Meredith, who both scored a 9.700 on the floor to finish eighth in the event. Junior Nina Oteri tied for eighth on the balance beam.
The team will close their season Saturday at the ECAC Championships at William and Mary.
The Owls’ 11-match winning streak was snapped in a 6-1 loss to host Penn State Friday. The squad also faced St. John’s Saturday at State College. Results of that match were not available at press time.
Against the Nittany Lions, junior Dina Senkina was the only player who was able to pull out a victory for the Owls, winning the opening singles match over Katelyn BeVard, 6-4, 6-3.
Next up for the tennis team is a match against Massachusetts at Arthur Ashe Tennis Center Saturday, April 5.
Track & Field
The men’s and women’s track and field squads competed at this weekend’s Towson Invitational, where no team scores were kept.
For the women, junior Amanda Cole (hammer throw), senior Noelle McKenzie (800m) and freshaman Assata Cowart (400m hurdles) all finished first in their events. On the men’s side, senior Andrew Fries grabbed the top spot in the javelin with a 59.35 meter heave.
Both teams will compete at the Raleigh Relays in North Carolina this Friday and Saturday.
– Kurt Hirsch