LakePoint, Ga. - We're officially a full month into the ASUN Conference Baseball season and the conference standings are starting to take shape. Jacksonville is on one of its longest win streaks in over two decades while North Florida has won all three of its ASUN series to start 2017. After a slow start to the season Kennesaw State has managed a 6-3 conference record, tied with Stetson for third in the ASUN standings.
Some conference newcomers have made an immediate impact since coming into the ASUN. Five of the conference's top-25 RBI leaders are either freshmen or transfers.
1. Yahir Gurrola, North Florida, Jr. (40)
T7. Julio Gonzalez, FGCU, Jr. (29)
T11. Spencer Levine, FGCU, Jr. (27)
15. Jake Perry Lipscomb, Jr. (26)
T25. Austin Bogart, Stetson, Fr. (21)
Six ASUN members have experienced extra-innings baseball this year, for a total of 17 extended contests. The conference has accumulated a dozen walk-off wins this season. Team Innings
USC Upstate 21, Dayton 20 (12 Innings)
Stetson 5, High Point 4 (10 Innings)
USC Upstate 10, UNC Asheville 9 (12 Innings)
Jacksonville 3, No. 2 Florida 2 (9 Innings)
FGCU 10, Ohio State 9 (9 Innings)
Jacksonville 2, Harvard 1 (8 Innings; scheduled 7)
USC Upstate 5, Quinnipiac 3 (9 Innings)
USC Upstate 5, Presbyterian 4 (11 Innings)
Lipscomb 4, Evansville 3 (9 Innings)
Stetson 2, FGCU 1 (10 Innings)
North Florida 6, Florida A&M 5 (9 Innings)
Jacksonville 6, Lipscomb 5 (9 Innings)
Friday, April 21st Schedule
Lipscomb at NJIT 5 PM
FGCU at North Florida 6 PM (ASUN.TV)
Jacksonville at Kennesaw State 6 PM (ESPN3)
Stetson at USC Upstate 6 PM (ESPN3)
Saturday, April 22nd Schedule
Lipscomb at NJIT 12 PM
FGCU at North Florida 1 PM (ASUN.TV)
Jacksonville at Kennesaw State 2 PM (ESPN3)
Stetson at USC Upstate 2 PM (ESPN3)
Sunday, April 23rd Schedule
Lipscomb at NJIT 11 AM
FGCU at North Florida 1 PM (ASUN.TV)
Jacksonvilee at Kennesaw State 1 PM (ESPN3)
Stetson at USC Upstate 1 PM (ESPN3)
Tuesday, April 25th Schedule
Kennesaw State at Charlotte 5 PM
Stetson vs. Florida State 5 PM (ESPN3)
Lipscomb vs. Belmont 6 PM
FGCU at FAU 6:30 PM
Tuesday, April 26th Schedule
Stetson at South Florida 6:30 PM
FGCU: 28-12 (4-5)
- FGCU has issued an ASUN-low 104 walks over 40 games this season, as the team's average of 2.64 BB/9 ranks 9th overall in D-I Baseball.
- The Eagles beat UNF in the pair's previous meeting, eliminating the Ospreys from the 2016 ASUN Championship off a Corey Fehribach solo shot in the ninth inning. FGCU is 21-12 against North Florida all-time.
- Alex Brait is on a six-game hitting streak, batting .400 with three RBIs and three runs scored in that span. Brait's .350 batting average leads his squad and his .450 slugging is tops among ASUN freshmen.
- FGCU's 3.33 ERA leads the ASUN and is the 26th best in Division I Baseball. The Eagles' staff is led by Kutter Crawford, whose miniscule 1.15 leads the conference by 0.29 and sits 8th in the country.
- Redshirt senior Nick Rivera is the ASUN active leader in runs scored (153), hits (254), RBIs (189), doubles (67), home runs (34), total bases (428) and walks (155). His RBI total is a D-I program record, while his double tally ranks seventh in the conference all-time.
- Eagle batters have drawn a conference-high 180 bases on balls and have collected a walk in all but one game this season. FGCU has averaged 5.32 walks in its 28 wins and just 2.58 in its 12 losses.
- Three FGCU pitchers with at least a single start hold sub-three ERAs; Crawford (1.15), Kenton Hering (1.99) and Josh Dye (2.57). Four Eagles rank within the top-11 of the conference in ERA, while the team's combined WHIP of 1.27 leads the ASUN and ranks 37th in D-I Baseball.
Jacksonville: 23-16 (8-1)
- The Dolphins' 11-game win streak is the longest they've held since 1994. JU has averaged 8.45 runs per game over that span and is hitting an impressive .366 in comparison to a season average of .287
- The Dolphins have recorded double-digit hits in 10 of their last 11 games, with an average of 14.09 knocks per game. JU has won all 12 of its games when posting 10 or more combined hits.
- Michael Baumann broke a Jacksonville record last week after reaching 218 career strikeouts. The righty collected six Ks against Lipscomb to reach the career tally, and holds a team-high 64 for the year.
- Angel Camacho has hit in all 11 games of JU's current streak, averaging .420 with three home runs and 19 RBIs over that span. Camacho became the first player since March of 2015 to earn back-to-back ASUN Player of the Week honors, thanks to his recent performances.
- Jacksonville's ability to mitigate its walk to strikeout ratio has been one of the most decisive catalysts in the Dolphins' win-loss column this year. The side holds a .83 BB/K in their 23 victories but sees that number shoot down to .44 over its 16 losses in 2017.
- JU has already hit seven home runs in the month of April after tallying just six over 28 games in the two months prior. The Dolphins are slugging .472 slugging percentage in the current month.
- JU is third in the ASUN with 391 hits and fifth in runs (224), however its 103 hits and 50 runs in conference play rank second and third.
Kennesaw State: 17-20 (6-3)
- With a pair of saves this year, Erich Stahl has moved to a total of 10 for his career. With two more this weekend, Stahl could move into second all-time for the Owls in their Division I history.
- Kennesaw State's 36 home runs lead the remaining ASUN field by seven. Taylor Allum's 12 jacks and .664 slugging are both tops for the conference while his long ball total ranks 14th in Division I Baseball.
- The Owls hold an 18-15 record against Jacksonville all-time, taking two of three from the Dolphins in 2016. KSU has outscored JU 112-93 since 2012, despite dropping three of the two's five series during that span.
- KSU has recorded eight extra-base knocks in its last four games and has taken two or more bases in all but five of its contests in 2017. It leads the ASUN with a team slugging percentage of .444.
- Tony Dibrell has recorded back-to-back complete games in his previous two starts tying him for fourth in D-I program history.He's given up just two earned runs over his past two starts on the way to striking out 19.
- Allum has reached in his previous 31 outings, on the way to drawing at least a single walk in his last nine competitions. The junior is tied with FGCU's Nick Rivera at nine bases on balls against ASUN pitchers and holds a conference best .461 on-base percentage for the year.
- Senior right-hander Brock Turner is averaging a team-high 15.19 K/9, recording 22 of his last 30 outs on strikes. Turner ranks 22nd in the ASUN with 36 Ks despite tossing just 21.1 innings in 2017.
Lipscomb: 17-17 (3-6)
- Hunter Hanks has been all but unstoppable since starting conference play. The Lipscomb shortstop owns a season-high four home runs and .806 slugging percentage against ASUN pitchers. He's gone deep in all three of the Bisons' conference series, with one triple and two doubles.
- The Bisons have swiped an ASUN-high 50 bags on the year with Michael Gigliotti and Zeke Dodson recording 14 apiece. The two teammates trail only Stetson's Jacob Koos for a conference-best (17), while the team has combined for four or more swipes in five contests this season.
- In nine conference games the Lipscomb lineup has already drawn an ASUN-high 50 walks. The Bisons' 14 against Tennessee Tech are second only to the 15 Upstate collected against Dayton (2/25) for a season-high.
- Brady Puckett (19) and Denton Norman (16) are the ASUN's active career leaders in wins, but have combined for just a 7-7 record this year.
- After averaging .200 and .230 in the months of February and March, Gigliotti has caught fire as of late, batting .314 in April. He is on a six game hitting streak and has reached first safely in his past 10 contests.
- Eight players in the Bisons lineup are batting over the Mendoza line against conference hurlers. Gigliotti leads the side with a .389 average while drawing eight walks over nine conference games in 2017.
- Lipscomb slugs .390 when playing at home, in comparison to its season average of .365. The Bisons have recorded 13 long balls over 21 games at Dugan Field, compared to four in 12 when playing visitor.
NJIT: 4-28 (0-9)
- Sophomore Justin Etts has reached first safely in all but four of NJIT's 32 games this season. Etts' 20 RBIs trail only Mike Anastasia for a team-lead, while his 35 knocks are a Highlander best.
- NJIT's BB/K sits at 1.25 when playing at home, but shoots up to 2.14 during road games. The Highlanders average .275 with a .398 slugging percentage when competing at Bears and Eagles Riverfront Stadium in comparison to .245 and .334 for the 2017 campaign.
- Evan Pietronico and Bryan Haberstroh have both gone deep three times this season, while the latter's 20 hits give him 137 for his career. With two knocks this weekend he'll move to eighth in NJIT D-I history.
- NJIT had hit just eight homeruns through the first two months of play, but has tallied five long balls in its nine conference games so far. The Highlanders have posted a slugging percentage of .360 this April.
- Freshman Alex Burman has been on a tear during his previous three games. He's slashed .636/.714/.818 during that time while driving in seven runs and crossing home plate three times.
- Pietronico's 34 career doubles at NJIT tie for sixth place in D-I program history. As a junior Pietronico is only 13 away from tying a record, and already owns the single season D-I program best with 21 in 2016.
- NJIT set season-highs in runs scored, hits and RBIs last week against Saint Peter's, collecting 17 in each category. Mike Anastasia set a pair of personal career records in that game, driving in six runs off four hits.
North Florida: 26-15 (7-2).
- North Florida leads the ASUN in runs scored (274), hits (436), and RBIs (250) in 2017. Eight Ospreys have tallied long balls this year, second only to the 10 home run hitters on Kennesaw State's roster.
- Matthew Naylor has not given up an earned run since February 25th, making 17 appearances from the bullpen during that time (21.1 IP). The righty holds a 2-0 record with seven saves over that span, while his 10 career saves rank second in Osprey D-I program history.
- Yahir Gurrola leads the ASUN in runs scored (46) and RBIs (40), while his 61 hits and 15 doubles are tied for the top conference spot. Gurrola's .544 slugging is second only to Kennesaw State's Taylor Allum (.664).
- Chris Thibideau ranks right behind Gurrola with a slugging percentage of .529. The senior is on a six-game hit streak currently, averaging .391 with four runs scored over that span of time.
- Patrick Ervin (.445) and Chris Berry (.438) rank second and fourth in ASUN on-base perdentage this year. Berry's 24 walks lead his team and his 2.18 BB/K is first among conference players with at least 100 ABs.
- North Florida has won just 12 of its 33 meetings with FGCU, but was victorious in its last regular season series against the Eagles. The two teams competed twice in the 2016 ASUN Championship, splitting its two decisions, while UNF outscored FGCU 33-26 over all five games.
- UNF ranks 7th in hits (436), 16th in doubles (82) and 24th in runs scored (274) for all of D-I Baseball, leading the ASUN in each category.
USC Upstate: 17-23 (2-7)
- USC Upstate's 15 triples lead the conference, while Russel Schwertfeger's four on the year are tied for an ASUN-high. Schwertfeger comes off a big week after slashing .455/.539/1.091 against FGCU, tallying home runs in two of the Spartans' three games against the Eagles.
- Charlie Carpenter's 257 total bags over the course of his career are second only to FGCU's Nick Rivera for the active lead in the ASUN. His 31 RBIs lead the Spartans and currently rank fifth in the conference.
- With seven home runs this year, Carpenter needs just two more to tie a D-I single-season program record. Schwertfeger meanwhile, still needs four more triples to tie a school record of his own.
- USC Upstate has been increasingly more aggressive on the base paths this month. The Spartans have swiped 18 bags in April in comparison to 12 through February and March, stealing at a rate of .947.
- Freshman Conner Campbell holds an ERA of 3.00 when playing against ASUN members, in comparison to a 4.50 when participating in non-conference play. The righty has been hot as of late, averaging a 2.40 in his last seven appearances, with a WHIP of 1.00.
- Three Spartan pitchers are averaging under three BB/9; Campbell (1.71), Sean Hupp (2.38) and Kevin Hickey (2.79). As a team Upstate has held opponents to three or less bases on balls 22 times this year.
- Carpenter is first among ASUN catchers with an RCS% of .429, while the Spartans' 20 runners gunned down leads the conference.
Stetson: 16-23 (6-3)
- Three Stetson pitchers currently rank in the top-13 of Division I Baseball concerning strikeouts. Brooks Wilson is tied for the top spot with 87, Logan Gilbert ranks seventh at 81, while Jack Perkins' 75 are tied for 13th.
- The Stetson pitching staff has combined for four shutouts this season, ranking them first in the ASUN and 23rd in Division I Baseball. The Hatters trail the top mark in the country by four (Louisiana; 8).
- Jacob Koos is currently on a six-game hitting streak, registering a single knock in each of those contests. The outfielder has scored five runs during that period of time and leads Stetson for the season with 35.
- Stetson has averaged just 3.08 BB/9 over the team's 16 wins, but sees that number shoot up to 4.89 in losses. The Hatters have held opponents to four or less bases on balls in their previous five victories.
- Jorge Arenas and Jack Gonzalez hold two of the top-four slugging percentages in the conference, when facing ASUN pitchers. Arenas sits in third (.633) and Gonzalez stands fourth (.625), with both teammates having taken conference hurlers deep in 2017.
- Stetson's 41 stolen bases on the year trail only Lipscomb's 50 for a conference lead. The Hatters are tied with the Bisons for a single-game ASUN-high this season, swiping six bags against NJIT on April 2nd.
- Stetson has beaten USC Upstate in nine of their last 12 regular season meetings, and has not lost a series to the Spartans since 2012. The Hatters swept the two's matchup in 2016, outscoring Upstate 27-10.