AMBLER, Pa. – Junior Sarah Prezioso went a perfect 5-for-5 at the plate over two games, and sophomore Jessica Mahoney pitched a one-hit gem in game two as the Temple softball team split a pair of games with visiting Lafayette on Tuesday, April 2, at Temple Softball Stadium. The Owls dropped the opener 10-8 before responding with a 9-0 mercy rule win in the nightcap.

On a cold blustery day in Ambler, the Cherry & White got on the board first with junior Stephanie Pasquale’s RBI double in the bottom of the first, extending her hit streak to 10 games.

The lead was shortlived, however, as the Leopards put up four runs on two hits and an error in the top of the second. The visitors would never look back, building the lead to as much as 9-2 after a five run fourth inning.

TU threatened to come back from the deficit, scoring three times in the bottom of the fourth to cut it to 9-5. With two outs, sophomore Julia Kastner reached on an error and freshman Annie Marcopolus singled up the middle before senior Ali Robinson hit a wind-aided triple to right field to drive them both in. Prezioso followed with a single to right field to plate Robinson.

Both teams scored twice in the fifth, and Temple plated one each in the sixth and seventh for the final score. The Owls had the tying or winning run up to bat on five occasions, but could not produce. The squad left 12 runners on base throughout the game.

Temple outhit the Leopards 12-10 and Prezioso was 3-for-3 with one RBI, while Robinson and Pasquale were each 2-for-3. Robinson recorded three RBI with a triple and a homerun and Pasquale drove in the one run with the double.

Bryn Gornick (2-3) got the win in 5.0 innings of work, giving up 10 hits, six runs, four walks and three strikeouts. Junior Brooklin White (3-6) took the loss in 3.0 innings, giving up five hits, seven runs, issuing five walks and striking out four. Junior Kylie Kristovich came on in relief to pitch 4.0 innings, allowing five hits and three runs while walking two and fanning two.

In the second game, Mahoney was on from the start, striking out seven of the first nine batters, including fanning the side in the second. Lafayette finally got to her in the fourth when Brittany Paul led off the inning with a bunt single. That would be the only hit the visitors would collect.

The Owls, on the other hand, scored twice in the second, twice in the third and five times in the fourth to put the game out of reach. In the second, TU took advantage of one hit and an error to plate both runs. Kastner singled up the middle with two outs to load the bases and Marcopolus sent a rope to centerfield that was misplayed, allowing two runs to come across.

In the third, Prezioso singled to open the frame before freshman Leah Lucas homered one out later for the two runs. Temple got five runs in the fourth on three hits that included a two-run double from Prezioso and a three-run homer by Pasquale.

With the run-rule victory in site, Mahoney sat the side down in order in the fifth, striking out two and inducing a groundout, to get the 9-0 win.

In addition to Prezioso’s 2-for-2 performance, Lucas also recorded multiple hits with a 2-for-3 game.

Mahoney (1-8) picked up her first win of the season with a stellar performance, going 5.0 innings in the one-hitter, fanning 10 and walking three. Kaitlin Perrine (0-2) went the distance for Lafayette with 4.0 innings of work, six hits, four strikeouts and four free passes.

Temple is 12-15 and is back in action on Thursday, April 4, with a trip to Wagner for a non-conference doubleheader beginning at 2:30 p.m