Temple's loss is Clemson's gain, as 6-5 lefthander Pat Krall joins Tigers

Downington, Pa. star was Philadelphia Big 5 co-rookie of the year in 2014

Pat Krall (Temple University photo)

Pat Krall (Temple University photo)

When Pat Krall arrived at Temple last summer, fresh off a solid prep career and a stellar summer of American Legion baseball, he had no clue that before he ever threw a pitch for the Owls, the university would eliminate baseball from its roster of intercollegiate sports.

Krall made his debut during the school's final season, and then, like his teammates and 200 other Temple athletes affected by cuts to seven programs, began looking around for a new home.

He found his landing spot this week when decided on Clemson as his new school.

Krall, a 6-5, 220-pound lefthanded pitcher, starred both on the mound and as a first baseman for Downington West High in Downington, Pennsylvania, and again last summer for the town's Diamond Dogs Legion team.

Krall's success carried over to the college level this season when he earned Philadelphia Big 5 co-rookie of the year honors as a reliever for the Owls. He worked 27.2 innings and finished with a 1-0 record and a 0.66 ERA. He had two saves.

He will enroll at Clemson for the fall semester and will be eligible to play immediately.

Krall was a mainstay last summer for Downington's Legion team. He pitched a no-hitter in mid-July in a 6-0 victory over Avon Grove, and needed just 73 pitches. He struck out 11 and walked one. He also batted in a pair of first-inning runs.

Two weeks later in the opening round of the Legion playoffs, Krall got off to a slow start in the Diamond Dogs' game against Millcreek, which struck for three first-inning runs. He then settled down, allowing just four hits and no runs the rest of the way, as Downington rallied for an 8-3 victory. He helped his own cause at the plate, going 4-for-6, scoring two runs, and driving in one.

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