Owls to play eight straight home games

The Owls have just announced yet another change to their schedule, the third time in the past week.

Temple is now set to host St. Francis in a double-header beginning at noon.

The Owls’ original home opener was scheduled for Tuesday against Delaware State. Now they will be at home for eight straight games.

In the past week the Owls double-header against Iona was rescheduled due to possible inclement weather while Friday’s series opener against La Salle was moved to today, making a double header.

Temple will now play four games in just over 24 hours and six games in four days.

Men’s gymnastics to host senior day

Men’s gymnastics will host its senior day today in the main gym of McGonigle Hall, in a tri-meet against Army and Navy. Competition is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.

Following a disappointing spring trip in which the Owls went 0-3, Temple will look to end their three game losing skid tomorrow.

“Since we haven’t performed well recently,” men’s coach Fred Turoff said. “This meet could be close between Army and us, but Navy is weaker so far. Army has improved greatly from last year and currently is ranked just ahead of us in 13th position.”

He added, “We have to get back on track if we are to have a chance of repeating as conference champs.”

Senior Alex Tighe commented on his last home meet ever wearing the cherry and white.

“It hasn’t really hit me yet,” Tighe said. “My time at Temple is almost done; it will be the last time I compete at Mcgonigle Hall with my team. These are my brothers and my friends, and it will be pretty special to compete at home with them one last time.”

Following postponed game, Owls set to begin regular season schedule

The Owls will give it one more go to start their non-tournament season schedule.

Temple (6-13) will try and get in a double-header today after a postponed double-header against Iona Wednesday and a surprise postponement before the first pitch yesterday against La Salle (9-6).

Temple hasn’t played since its final game of the City of Clearwater Spring Invitational on March 17 despite having three games planned before what was supposed to be one game today.

Now the Owls head to La Salle to take on the Explorers at 1 p.m., with the second game starting shortly after the conclusion of the first.

Coach Joe DiPietro’s squad will be looking to snap a four-game skid but will need help from a pitching staff that has struggled throughout the season with a 7.06 earned run average. Only freshman Dominik Kelsey has below a three ERA, in 34.2 innings of work. She’s also the only one with multiple wins, boasting a record of 3-1 on the season.

The double-header marks the first time the Owls will play this season close to home, after spending the first 19 games at tournaments in Florida and North Carolina.

Owls put winning streak on the line against the Hawks

On Friday, March 22, Temple (7-9) will begin conference play with a three-game series against Saint Joseph’s (8-11) beginning at 3:00 p.m. at Skip Wilson Field.

The Owls will enter Friday winners of their past four games, three of which were at Skip Wilson Field dating back to Friday, March 15.

With its three-game winning streak in doubt on Tuesday entering the ninth inning, Temple put together a four-run top of the ninth to top Lehigh 11-8 in Bethlehem, Pa. to extend its’ streak to four consecutive wins.

In the win over Lehigh, junior first baseman Derek Peterson finished 4-for-5 with three runs scored, while both redshirt-junior center fielder David Hall and junior right-fielder Bobby Heitzman each added three RBI.

This season, Temple is 3-0 while playing at home, while St. Joe’s is 2-10 while on the road in 2013.

The Owls will face the Hawks on Friday at 3:00 p.m., Saturday at 1:00 p.m. and on Sunday at noon.

Softball game postponed

Due to the potential for inclement weather Temple’s double-header today against Iona has been postponed until April 30.

The decision was announced yesterday and the makeup games will still be played in new Rochelle, N.Y.

Currently weather.com is reporting temperatures in the low 40’s, partly cloudy with 16 mph winds. However there is only a 10 percent chance of rain the rest of the day. Snow flurries won’t begin until tomorrow.

Temple is currently 6-13 on the season after finishing their tournament schedule, in which it competed in four.

The Owls don’t play at home until March 26 in a double-header against Delaware State.

The games against Iona would have been the team’s first non-tournament contests of the season, but now that will have to wait. The Owls new regular season opener will be at La Salle on Friday as part of a two-game series with the Explorers.

The first pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.

Eigner wins ECAC Rookie of the Week

Freshman Evan Eigner has just been named this week’s Eastern
Collegiate Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week, as voted on by the
coaches in the ECAC.

In a losing effort last Sunday at University of Illinois-Chicago,
Eigner nailed his routine on rings, posting a score of 14.250, tying
him with graduate student and team captain Taylor Brana for the Owl’s
highest score on the apparatus.

Eigner, a Philadelphia native, was a four time Junior Olympic
Qualifier before joining the men’s gymnastics team this year.

Eigner and the rest of the Owl’s will be looking to the home gym
of Pearson/Mcgonigle for their senior day in a tri-meet against Army
and Navy. Competition begins this Saturday at 2 p.m

Oliveri wins ECAC Coaches Choice Award

The Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference continues to award Temple gymnasts as being on their weekly honor roll. The most recent recipient is freshman Reagan Oliveri. Oliveri has been awarded this week’s women’s gymnastics ECAC Coaches Choice Award for her performance last Sunday at William and Mary.

Oliveri’s freshman season was delayed because of an injured anklebone that she sustained while doing a routine on floor exercise. A bone specialist later revealed that a previous ankle injury did not properly heal, and the re-injury caused another setback.

Oliveri proved that she could come back strong though. At William and Mary, the Mantua, N.J. native posted a 9.600 performance on uneven parallel bars. A performance that was strong enough to win the week’s ECAC Coaches Choice Award, as voted on by the coaches in the ECAC.

Oliveri and the rest of the Owls will now prepare for their most important meet of the year, the ECAC Championships to be held at Cornell University this Saturday at noon.

Road trip brings sunny skies, not results

For the Temple Owls, a week long road trip in California provided more than a break from the student-athlete grind, but also relieved players from the wintry conditions of Philadelphia.

“We always joke about the fact that we’re not really a spring sport,” coach Bonnie Rosen said.

With the lacrosse season beginning in February, inclement weather is expected in Philadelphia.

“It’s not necessarily a wildcard,” senior midfielder Charlotte Swavola said. “It’s something we get used to and have to mentally prepare for”.

The stretch of four straight games on Geasey Field provided nothing but freezing temperatures. For each game of the homestand, the temperature ranged between high 20’s to high 30’s.

“It’s a challenge from a team standpoint, staying warm enough to play well,” Rosen said.

For senior goalie Meghan Clothier, overcoming the string of cold weather games was an even more daunting task, due to the stretches of the games where the goalie did not see shot attempts.

“I try to stay focused, stay in the moment and try not to think about it, but it’s definitely a challenge,” Clothier said. “Especially during those stretches when the ball is on the opposite end of the field and I don’t know when it’s coming back”.

Although the team has become accustom to the cold weather that comes with the beginning of lacrosse in Philadelphia, it couldn’t help but look forward to what promised to be better conditions.

“The warm weather feels great. The sun feels great. So, that helps the team,” Rosen said. “The combination of the weather, seeing new places across the country, spending time with each other without the pressures of school certainly allow us to focus and play great lacrosse”.

The Owls finished their California road trip with a record of 1-2 with their lone win being a 12-7 victory against the USC Trojans. The other two games ended in a four point loss to #16 Stanford and a blowout loss to San Diego State.

Brien Edwards can be reached at brien.edwards@temple.edu or on twitter @BErick1123.

Baseball travels to Bethlehem to face Lehigh

Coming off of back-to-back wins against Penn State this past Sunday, Temple (6-9) is in Bethlehem, Pa. to play one game against Lehigh (10-6) at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19.

Winners of their previous three home games, the Owls have not found the same success while they are away from Skip Wilson Field. In 12 games on the road this season, Temple is 3-9.

The Owls will be preparing for a Lehigh team that put together a six-game wining streak from March 3 to March 12 and has won seven of its previous nine games.

Coach Ryan Wheeler said he is hoping that the team will feed off of Sunday’s win, hoping that the success will carry into Tuesday’s game against Lehigh as well as the team’s first games against conference opponents beginning Friday, March 24 against Saint Joseph’s.

Owls look to use spring break to their advantage

Women’s gymnastics (4-21) will head to William and Mary for a 1 p.m. competition against the Tribe tomorrow.

Coach Aaron Murphy said that he has been happy with the way the team was performing in practice this week and he used the spring break to display a little bit of strategy.

“We looked really good,” Murphy said. “With this being spring break, I only brought back my top 15, so that kind of cut some numbers down but really allows us to focus on the individuals in [the gym]. At this point they can all do their routines, now we just need to try and clean it up and perfect it, and that’s what we worked on this week.”

Heading into tomorrow’s meet, Murphy has high expectations for his team.

“Our expectations for the meet tomorrow is just going in there and trying to hit 24 for 24,” Murphy said. “I truly believe that we haven’t really shown how strong of a team we are, so if we can push a [score of] 192 and change, that’s what I’m leaning towards as a coach.”

Having come in fourth place out of four at the team’s last quad-meet at Penn State last week, the Owls will be looking to get back in the win column tomorrow at William and Mary.