May 8, 2013
AMHERST, Mass. - Stephanie Pasquale went 3-for-3 with two RBI and Ali Robinson drove in three to lead Temple to a 7-2 win over Dayton in the second game of the 2013 Atlantic 10 Softball Championship at Sortino Field Wednesday.
Temple (31-24) advances to face second-seeded Fordham on Thursday, while Dayton (22-23) will have a 30-minute break before facing George Washington in an elimination game.
The Owls collected three extra-base hits but used small ball to plate four runs in the second inning.
After taking a 1-0 lead in the first on Robinson's 15th home run of the season, the Owls scored four runs in the second to take control of the contest. Temple loaded the bases with a walk and a pair of singles before Sarah Prezioso's sacrifice fly scored Devynne Nelons. After Robinson was hit by a pitch to reload the bases, Pasquale hit a two-run single through to right that scored Annie Marcopolous and Lacey McKeon, along with Robinson, who was able to come home when first baseman Paige Rhodes mishandled the cutoff from the outfield.
Dayton had managed just three hits through the first five innings before recording a pair in the sixth that led to its first run of the game. Carlyn Harlow led off with a walk and advanced to third on a single to rightfield. She touched home on Kasi Vazquez's double to left. The Flyers were unable to do any more damage as they stranded two runners on after groundout to the pitcher and popup to second.
Temple responded in the home-half with two runs on Kelsey Domonik's base-loaded single. They also stranded a pair but took a 7-1 advantage into the final frame.
The Flyers scored their final run on Alysha Isaacson's one-out double that plated Maloof.
Kelsey Dominik (15-6) scattered eight hits and allowed both runs with a walk.
Emily Froment (8-5) allowed five runs in 3.2 innings as she suffered the loss. Rachel Archer and Maloof collected two hits apiece for the Flyers.