PHILADELPHIA - The Quakers played even with Temple through the first four innings, but the Owls came alive in the middle innings and finished with a 14-3 victory over Penn on Tuesday afternoon.
Senior Paul Cusick started and tossed four innings, allowing two runs and striking out seven batters to keep the Red and Blue in the game early. Senior Will Davis broke out for his first multi-hit game with a double, a triple and also a run and an RBI. Sophomore Greg Zebrack and senior Jeremy Maas each added two hits as Penn totaled nine hits in the loss.
After putting up two in the first on Cusick, the Owls couldn't do anything against the righty in his final three innings of work.
Penn didn't cut into the Temple lead until the third when Davis led off with a double down the first base line. After a line out by Derek Vigoa, freshman Brandon Engelhardt doubled to center, scoring Davis. Zebrack followed with a single through the left side, moving Engelhardt to third. However, a double play on the ensuring at-bat ended the inning with the Quakers trailing 2-1.
An inning later the Red and Blue drew even with Temple. Spencer Branigan was hit to lead off the inning and Maas singled. A swinging bunt by Rick Brebner moved the runners to second and third and sophomore Ryan Deitrich walked to load the bases. Davis followed with a grounder to first and Deitrich was thrown at second, but managed to break up the double play. Branigan scored on the play to tie the game at 2-2. With two down, Vigoa grounded out to first, ending the scoring threat.
Penn had a chance to take the lead again in the top of the fifth, as Zebrack and Williams reached second and third with one out. However, a strikeout and a fly out ended the inning.
With Cusick gone after four innings, the Owls started scoring, putting up three runs in the bottom of the fifth. They doubled that total an inning later, batting through the order and scoring six times to take a commanding 11-2 lead. Three more in the seventh made it 14-2 and Penn added a run in the eighth on an RBI single from Adrian Lorenzo for the 14-3 final.
The Quakers have now lost three in a row as their record falls to 3-7 on the season. Penn returns to action this weekend for a pair of double-headers against Norfolk State on Saturday and Sunday.