AMBLER, Pa. - Temple starter Tom Dolan tossed seven scoreless innings and punched out eight Quaker batters as Penn fell 5-2 to its fellow Diamond Five foe on a windy Wednesday afternoon at Ambler Field.
Aside from the Quakers' dormant offense, the team committed five errors in the field for the game that allowed Temple to score three of its five runs.
With temperatures in the 40's and a swirling wind blowingsteadily for most of the game, both teams had a tough time generating any offense (they combined for just eight hits total).
But Temple's Steve Mury got things started in the third inning with a double and later scored from third base on a throwing error by Penn second baseman Ken-Ichi Hino. The Owls tagged on another run on a fielder's choice by Frank Nunan to make the score 2-0, and in the fourth inning, an RBI single by Casey Sellengave Temple a 3-0 lead.
Three Penn errors, two of whichbyfirst baseman Sean Abate,led to two Temple runs in the sixth inning, despite the Owls not registering a hit in the frame.
Abate picked himself up a bit with a solo home run over the right field fence in the eighth for Penn. The Quakers threatened again in the ninth inning as two errors by the Owls allowed a run to score and narrow the gap to 5-2. With the bases loaded and two outs in the ninth, as fate would have it, the Quakers had a chance to tie the game up with Abate once again at the plate. But Temple's Eric Fritz got him to groundout to end the game.
Dolan (1-1) allowed just two hits through his seven scoreless innings and walked none to compliment his eight strikeouts.
Joe Thornton (0-2) picked up the loss for Penn in relief of starter Brian Cirri, who pitched just two innings despite allowing no runs on one hit. Due to the midweek game and two doubleheaders looming this weekend, the Quakers opted to "pitch-by-committee," also throwing Thornton and Steven Schwartz, who are regularly starters, in relief.
Penn will now get ready forits 2006 home opener at Meiklejohn Stadium on Saturday, March 18.The Quakers will play two against Lehigh, with the first game of the doubleheader starting at 11:30 a.m.