Baseball Unable To Hold On Against Temple; Drop 9-7 Road Decision

Baseball Unable To Hold On Against Temple; Drop 9-7 Road Decision

Philadelphia, Pa.- Senior outfielder Matt Mancini (Toms River, N.J./Toms River North) finished a perfect 4-for-4 from the plate with three runs scored, but it wasn't enough as the Peacocks were edged 9-7 by Temple University Wednesday afternoon.  

With the loss, Saint Peter's falls to 10-17 overall, while Temple improves to 12-16.

Freshman Jon Kristoffersen (Jefferson, N.J./Jefferson Township High School) also finished with a multi-hit game in the loss, going 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. 

Nick Lustrino finished 3-for-5, drove in three runs and scored one to lead Temple.

The Peacocks led the host Owls 3-0 early on after a three-run first inning, but Temple would go on to outscore Saint Peter's by an 8-3 margin in the final five innings to take the lead and the win.

Mancini would set the tone in the first inning, doubling on with one out and scoring on an RBI base-hit by Robert Moore (Ridge, N.Y./Longwood High School) two batters later. An error by Temple during James Smith's (Hatfield, Pa./North Penn) at bat brought home the next two runs putting the Peacocks in front 3-0. 

Two innings later the Owls scored a run to slice their deficit to two, but the Peacocks were able to regain a three-run cushion in the fourth on an RBI groundout by Kristoffersen to score William Rawson (Ashburn, Va./Broad Run) who reached base on a hit by pitch. 

A sacrifice fly by Chris Grimes (Iselin, N.J./JFK-Iselin) in the fifth put Saint Peter's ahead by four (5-1), but the Owls remained persistent- scoring two of their own in the bottom of the frame.

Mancini managed his fourth base hit of the night in the seventh; singling up the middle to drive in Kristoffersen who singled on, stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch. A two-basehit by Nicholas Henriquez (Paramus, N.J./Paramus) allowed Mancini to score the seventh Peacock run and provided the visitors with a four-run advantage.

The Peacocks would send Kevin Croucher (Wayne, N.J./DePaul Catholic) to the mound in the seventh in relief of John Leiter (Toms River, N.J./Toms River South), who contributed 1.2 innings of scoreless work. The Owls would tag Croucher for two runs, and added four more in the eighth off losing pitcher, Mancini.

Mancini allowed four runs on three walks and two hits. 

Freshman Nathaniel Leon (Brooklyn, N.Y./Archbishop Molloy) closed out the eighth, forcing a flyout after balking in the last Temple run. 

Adam Purcilly started the contest for Saint Peter's, and received the no-decision after tossing the first four and a third innings. Purcilly allowed three runs (two earned) on three hits and three walks.

Saint Peter's returns to Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference action this weekend, as it hosts Niagara for a three-game series at Jaroschak Field starting Saturday at 12pm.