By Phil Stanton
is in first place in the Atlantic 10? There is a tie between
Temple and Dayton, as both have won their first six conference
To tell us more about the Owls, we turned to
senior second baseman Carmen Del Mastro. The Philadelphia native
is leading the team in batting at .444 and in runs with 28. He
had his first collegiate home run earlier this season.
Del Mastro was named A-10 Player of the Week on
Monday. He batted .650 (13 for 20) in five games with eight runs
and four RBI. Del Mastro leads the conference with 40 hits and
12 stolen bases. He is third in batting.
The Owls are 11-11 overall, but have won nine of
their past 11, including a three-game sweep of La Salle this
Del Mastro recently took some time to answer our
questions about himself and his Owls.
First Inning – What had changed for the Owls
in winning nine of the past 11 after an eight-game losing streak
prior to that?
I think the eight seniors on the team really
stepped up and showed the younger guys what it takes to be
competitive. The talent on this team is incredible and it was
only a matter of time until we started to put it all together.
Second Inning – What does it mean to
win the first six A-10 games, Temple's best conference start in
It means a lot. Last year we started 5-1 and in
previous years we got off to a slower start, so it really feels
good to be in the position we’re in right now.
Inning – You hit .266 a season ago and are hitting .444 this
season. What has made the difference?
A lot of hard work and dedication. I think the
time I spent this past summer in Colorado (playing in the
Mountain Collegiate Baseball League) really helped me develop my
swing and slow the game down. The past couple of years I had a
couple of nagging injuries and it finally feels good to be
Fourth Inning – What makes the offense
so strong this season?
Whenever you can put six or seven seniors in your
lineup, the offense is going to take off. It’s a bunch of guys
that bring their own style of the game to the lineup every day
and that really get us going.
Fifth Inning – You had 10 more steals
as a junior than you did as a sophomore. What was the major
difference for you?
Just getting more comfortable every year and
having the right coaching to help me with my jumps.
Sixth Inning – What would it mean to
you for Temple to make the NCAA Tournament?
That would be truly amazing after only winning 12
games my freshman year to getting a chance to play against the
best teams in the country. I think that alone speaks for itself.
Seventh Inning – What was it like to
hit your first collegiate home run this season?
It felt good. I think it was about time I finally
hit one so I’m just grateful I had the opportunity to do so.
Hopefully I’ll get another one this year.
Eighth Inning – What does it mean to
you to be a team co-captain this season?
It means a lot to be to be able to say I’m the
captain of this team. Any one of the eight seniors could very
well be a captain as well, I’m just glad I can represent my team
Ninth Inning – What does it mean to you
to play college baseball in your hometown?
I take a lot of pride in playing in my hometown
because I feel like I have to represent where I come from. Not
many people get the opportunity that I have so I try to take
advantage of it every day.
Extra Innings – You are a magazine
journalism major. What do you hope to do after your baseball
Hopefully I’ll be able to write for a major
sports magazine and eventually work my way up, then maybe get
some television time on a sports show. I just hope I can enjoy
whatever it is that I end up doing.
(Photos courtesy of Temple Media