The last time I wrote something about Temple's Division I baseball program was back on March 28 on this year. Time to catch up with the gang from Ambler, PA.
When I last checked, the Owls they were in first place in the Atlantic 10.
After a month, they are in third place with a 10-7 record in the A-10 conference.
Overal,l the Owls are 16-23 and are currently riding on a three-game losing skid.
The month of April started out great for the Owls. They won two of three games up in Amherst, Massachusetts against intraconference opponent UMass.
It started with a 11-9 victory over UMass on April 4 and continued with splitting of a doubleheader the next day. Temple would take the first game 8-7, while UMass would take the "nightcap" of the doubleheader, 7-6.
On the seventh of April, the Owls took on cross town and Big Five/A-10 rival LaSalle in an intraconference matchup. While Temple was winning the game, LaSalle sparked a late inning rally, retook the lead and the game. Temple lost 10-8.
That loss would not bode well for the Owls. As Temple dropped the next five of six. Temple rode another seven-game losing streak. Losses in this time frame included an April 8 matchup against Rider, a April 10 weekend matchup against intraconference and Big Five rival Saint Joseph's and losses to Lafayette on April 16, and intraconference opponent Charlotte on April 17.
The Owls would finally right their fast sinking ship on April 18, with an 8-6 win against intraconference rival Charlotte. But that winning feeling would not last long, as the Owls would fall to Charlotte in a 14-5 blowout the next day.
The next game would come against Big Five rival Villanova on the twenty-first. Temple would win in a crushing 14-6 rout of 'Nova at Skip Wilson Field on Temple's scenic Ambler Campus.
Temple would round out the week against A-10 opponent Xavier. Temple took the Friday night game, 13-9. But, Temple would drop the weekend series against Xavier. On Staturday the 25th the Owls lost 14-9 and on Sunday the 26th the Owls would lose a heartbreaking 6-5.
Temple's Record for the month of April: 5-11. Overall 16-23, 10-7 A-10 (3rd Place A-10), 4-6 Big Five, five games back of first place Rhode Island in the Atlantic Ten Conference.
Temple's Remaining Schedule:
5/1 @ Richmond**
5/2 @ Richmond**
5/3 @ Richmond**
5/8 Saint Louis**
5/9 Saint Louis**
5/10 Saint Louis**
5/14 @ Fordham**
5/15 @ Fordham**
5/16 @ Fordham**
5/20-5/23 A-10 Tourney @ Dayton, Ohio
Commentary: I as a Temple student, I have to say that I am used to disappointing seasons for sports teams. The baseball team started off weak, then got stronger, then petered off again.
I have been to a couple of the games, and whenever I could not make it because of class, I would watch the game on my friends laptop using the Gametracker on Owlsports.com.
Temple's baseball program does have some decent talent. Players like Sean Barksdale, Carmen Del Mastro, Jamie Abercrombie, Kyle Obal, Matt Blackburn, and Ryan Thomas stick out the most. These player might even be a late-round draft pick for some MLB teams.
Team Leaders (batting):
AVG: Carmen Del Mastro (.387)
Hits: Sean Barksdale (66)
HR: Sean Barksdale (13)
RBI: Sean Barksdale (44)
Runs: Sean Barksdale (48)
Walks: Bryon McKoy (18)
SLG: Sean Barksdale (.667)
OBP: Carmen Del Mastro (.451)
If Temple can win their upcoming games, they should clinch a spot in the A-10 Tournament. If they can win the A-10 Tournament, they should clinch a spot for the College World Series Regionals.
It should be interesting.