AMBLER, Pa. – Junior Stephanie Pasquale continued an already impressive season with an unheard of day at the plate in Temple softball’s doubleheader sweep of St. Bonaventure on Sunday, April 7. The catcher went a combined 9-for-9 with four homeruns, two doubles and 11 RBI in the Atlantic 10 victories (16-3 and 16-7).

Before the day was done, Pasquale had set three new Temple records that included doubles in a season (15), RBI in a season (47) and RBI in a career (112). Not to be lost in her accomplishments is the fact that classmate Sarah Prezioso recorded her 100th career RBI in game two, and the duo will be battling it out for the career record for the next year and a half.

In the opener, the Temple bats were on fire as the team clubbed seven homeruns, the most by a TU team in a single game since the squad hit five in a game in 2008.

The Owls broke open a 2-2 tie in the second inning with six runs on four hits. They went on to score five times in the third and three more in the fourth while limiting the Bonnies to just one more run for the mercy-rule victory.

Pasquale was 4-for-4 in the game with three homeruns and six RBI. Kelsey Dominik, who also got the win on the mound to improve to 7-1, helped herself with a 2-for-4 performance that included a homerun and three RBI. The rookie tossed 4.0 innings, giving up five hits and three runs.

Julia Pratt (0-10) took the loss in 2.2 innings of work, surrendering 11 hits, 13 runs and walking four.

The Cherry & White opened the nightcap with a four run first inning that featured a two-run single from Pasquale, giving her both RBI records, and a two-run RBI by Dominik. That lead would stand until TU put up five in the top of the fourth to take a 9-0 advantage.

Jessica Mahoney (3-8) carried a no-hitter into the bottom of the fourth before the Bonnies finally got to her for four-straight singles to put a run on the board. Temple responded with three more runs in the top of the fifth for a 12-1 lead, and the team was one out away from winning another game via mercy-rule, but St. Bonaventure mounted a rally to score four runs on two outs and extend the game.

The Bonnies did it again in the sixth, answering Temple’s two-run top of the frame with two of their own in the bottom to force the game to seven innings.

TU plated two insurance runs in the seventh, one off of Prezioso’s triple to right field that gave her the 100th RBI of her career, and one on Pasquale’s double to right field that gave her the 15th of the season for the Temple single-season mark.

St. Bonaventure threatened again with two outs, using three-straight singles to load the bases, but relief pitcher Dominik induced a fly ball to centerfield to end the game with the 16-7 final.

Pasquale was 5-for-5 with a homerun, a double and five RBI, while Prezioso, Annie Marcopolus and Julia Kastner each collected two hits in the game.

Mahoney went 5.2 innings, allowing nine hits, seven runs, walking three and striking out five before being relieved by Dominik, who finished out the game (1.1 IP), giving up four hits. Carly Bilchak (4-9) took the loss with 4.0 innings of work, allowing seven hits and nine runs, walking two and fanning one. Alexis Sloat pitched the final 3.0 innings, giving up seven hits and seven runs while walking one.

Temple improves to 16-15 overall and 5-1 in Atlantic 10 play. The Owls, in second place in the conference, host first place Saint Joseph’s for two critical games on Tuesday, April 9, beginning at 3 p.m. St. Bonaventure falls to 5-27 overall and 2-10 in A-10 play.