CLEARWATER, Fl — Temple University played its last game of the season, the last game of the programs existence, and came away with a 9-4 win over UConn in the 2014 American Baseball Championship. The win gives the Houston Cougars a spot in the Championship Final by virtue of the tie-breaker over UCF, with win over the Knights Friday night.
Temple finishes with a 15-32 record for the 2014 season. UConn ends its season at 27-31.
An emotional Ryan Wheeler head coach of Temple spoke of the admiration he had for his team and the way they played, not just today but all year long.
“We had to battle all year long , nobody gave us a chance, and we just came out eery weekend and played out hearts out. We earned out way not this tournament. A couple of breaks here and there and maybe we would be laying tomorrow. So many times this year these kids could have folded. We’ve been through a lot and it was I’m really proud of the kids and it was just great to see”
Temple starter and fifth year senior Ryan Kuen went five solid innings, surrendering just two runs, one earned, on three hits. He struck out two and walked one batter.
“It was tough, it was the last game of the season, the last game for us period. I was just able to go out and throw some strikes and had a great defense behind me, said Kuen.
Frank D’Agostino backed up the effort with two home runs and four RBI. He finished his day and Temple career with three hits and three runs scored.