LakePoint, Ga. - With the final week of ASUN Conference Baseball getting underway, the postseason field has been set. While Jacksonville currently sits in first with a 14-4 conference record, Stetson and North Florida both have a chance to overtake the Dolphins for the No. 1 seed. Tied for fourth in the ASUN, FGCU and Kennesaw State will be fighting for position in their head-to-head series, as Lipscomb tries to avoid entering the postseason at the final seed in a series against the Hatters.
ASUN Championship Best Case Scenarios
Jacksonville (14-4): Clinches No. 1 seed with series sweep of North Florida OR a series win AND a series loss from Stetson.
Stetson (13-5): Clinches No. 1 seed with series sweep of Lipscomb AND a single loss from Jacksonville.
North Florida (11-7): Clinches No. 1 seed with series sweep of Jacksonville AND a Lipscomb sweep of Stetson.
FGCU (10-8): Clinches No. 3 seed with a series win over Kennesaw State AND a Jacksonville sweep of North Florida.
Kennesaw State (10-8): Clinches No. 3 seed with a series win over FGCU AND a Jacksonville sweep of North Florida.
Lipscomb (8-10): Clinches No. 5 seed with series sweep of Stetson AND Kennesaw State loses its series against FGCU.
Complete Game Victories
Nine ASUN Pitchers have tossed complete game wins in 2017 giving the conference 15 total.
Brady Puckett, Lipscomb (vs. Bowling Green, 2/24; vs. Evansville, 3/24; vs. Kennesaw State, 4/29)
Brooks Wilson, Stetson (at Citadel, 3/10; vs. North Florida, 5/12)
Jack Perkins, Stetson (at Tulane, 3/25)
Tony Dibrell, Kennesaw State (vs. USC Upstate, 4/7; at Stetson, 4/13; at NJIT, 5/12)
Logan Gilbert, Stetson (vs. FGCU, 4/9; vs. North Florida, 5/14)
Mason Ward, Kennesaw State (vs. Jacksonville, 4/22)
Conner Campbell, USC Upstate (vs. North Florida, 5/5)
Brian Sondergard, NJIT (at NYIT, 5/6)
Casey Kulina, Jacksonville (vs. USC Upstate, 5/13)
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.
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)
Lipscomb 1, Kennesaw State 0 (9 Innings)
NJIT 13, Fairfiled 12 (9 Innings)
USC Upstate 2, North Florida 1 (9 Innings)
USC Upstate 4, North Florida 3 (9 Innings)
USC Upstate 6, Wofford 5 (9 Innings)
FGCU 4, Lipscomb 3 (11 Innings)
Stetson 2, North Florida 1 (9 Innings)
Thursday, May 18th
NJIT at USC Upstate - 6 PM (ESPN3)
FGCU at Kennesaw State - 6 PM (ESPN3)
Jacksonville at North Florida - 6 PM (ASUN.TV)
Stetson at Lipscomb - 6 PM CT (ESPN3)
Friday, May 19th
NJIT at USC Upstate - 6 PM (ESPN3)
FGCU at Kennesaw State - 6 PM (ESPN3)
Jacksonville at North Florida - 6 PM (ASUN.TV)
Stetson at Lipscomb - 6 PM CT (ESPN3)
Saturday, May 20th
NJIT at USC Upstate - 1 PM (ESPN3)
FGCU at Kennesaw State - 1 PM (ESPN3)
Jacksonville at North Florida - 1 PM (ASUN.TV)
Stetson at Lipscomb - 1 PM CT (ESPN3)
FGCU: 34-17 (10-8)
- Matt Reardon leads the ASUN with five triples on the year, and is currently tied for 23rd in the country. As a team, the Eagles are tied with USC Upstate for a conference-high with 15 three baggers, with Reardon and teammate Julio Gonzalez combining for nine of those tallies.
- FGCU is second in the ASUN with 41 home runs, but the team's 21 long balls in conference-play paces the field. The Eagles have slugged .455 against conference teams in comparison to .418 on the year, and is 8-2 when taking opposing ASUN pitchers deep in 2017.
- After losing three of their first four conference series, the Eagles can enter the ASUN Championship as high as a third seed, sitting just a game behind current No. 3 North Florida.
- FGCU holds a 19-12 record against Kennesaw State all-time, getting swept by the Owls in last year's regular season series. The Eagles won the two's last meeting 6-0 in the 2016 ASUN Championship.
- Nick Rivera leads the ASUN in mutiple career categories, including walks (163), total bases (462), home runs (38), doubles (71) and RBIs (205). With three more taters Rivera will tie a D-1 program record.
- Four FGCU players hold an OBP of over .400, more than any other team in the ASUN. Rivera leads the way with an average of .436, followed by Gonzalez (.418), Eli Lovell (.411) and Gage Morey (.411).
- Eagle hurlers have surrendered only 141 walks this year, and sit 15th in the country with an average of 2.81 BB allowed per nine innings.
Jacksonville: 31-21 (14-4)
- Jacksonville leads the all time series against North Florida with a record of 35-27 but is 3-7 against the Ospreys since 2015. The last time UNF hosted the River City Rivalry series the Dolphins were outscored 36-16 despite being outhit just 44-34 over three competitions.
- Nathan Koslowski leads the Dolphins with 42 RBIs and 18 doubles, and has gone 8-for-13 in his previous three contests (.615) while driving in five runs and crossing home four times.
- The Dolphins have increased their aggressiveness on the basepaths as of late, swiping eight bags on 24 attempts (.333) through February and March, and 22 on 28 attempts (.786) through April and May.
- Sam Armstrong hit his team-leading eighth homer of the season against USF last week, going deep for the fourth time in six games.
- Spencer Stockton is yet to surrender an earned run over his past seven appearances (6.2 IP). Stockton has provided an ERA of 1.38 over the months of April and May, and his six saves on the year trail only FGCU's Sterling Koerner (12) and Matthew Naylor (9) for a conference lead.
- Mike Cassala has reached first safely in the past 15 games he's registered a plate appearance. Cassala has driven in eight runs during that span and recorded his first triple of the 2017 campaign.
- JU's 326 strikeouts at the plate are the third least in the ASUN this season. The Dolphins have struck out only 104 times against ASUN pitchers however, trailing only North Florida (89) for a conference best.
Kennesaw State: 23-27 (10-8)
- Tony Dibrell's 1.49 ERA is the best in the conference, as the junior has tossed three complete games in 2017. The righty gave up just a single run in his last start and has surrendered just three HRs all year.
- Kennesaw State became the first ASUN team to reach 50 home runs with a pair of jacks against in-state rival Mercer. Taylor Allum leads the conference with 14 homers on the year, tying him for 39th in Division I.
- Gabe Friese's three wins in 2017 give him 16 for his career, just one away from tying a D-1 program record. Friese holds an ERA of 3.18 and a second-best 1.54 facing ASUN batters. He averages 3.64 when appearing as a starter, but 2.30 when coming out of the bullpen.
- KSU has displayed some heavy hitting of late, recording 22 extra-base knocks with a slugging percentage of .589 over the club's previous four outings. The Owls lead the ASUN in those categories with 154 extra-base knocks and a .441 slugging percentage for the 2017 season.
- The Owls hold an ASUN best 15 multiple home run performances. KSU is just 6-12 when the side doesn't record a long ball, 17-15 when going deep at least once and 11-4 when exiting the park two or more times.
- KSU and FGCU are both currently 10-8 in ASUN play, sitting in a tie for fourth in the conference. The Owls lost the two's previous meeting in the 2016 postseason, but swept the Eagles in the regular season.
- Allum has reached first safely in 43 of his previous 44 appearances, ranking third in the ASUN with an OBP of .453 on the year.
Lipscomb: 26-24 (8-10)
- Lipscomb trails its all-time series with Stetson 27-34, but has won its previous four meetings against the Hatters. The Bisons have won just one of the six series the two clubs have played in Nashville, Tenn.
- Lipscomb sits fourth in the conference with a .397 slugging percentage, but sees that average rise to a third best .427 against ASUN pitching. The side averages 3.27 XBH in wins compared to 2.17 in losses.
- The Bisons have collected 273 walks this season, leading the rest of the ASUN field by 39. The team's total currently ranks ninth in Division I Baseball, while Michael Gigliotti's 49 are tied for fifth in the country.
- Jake Perry has reached first in 14 of his previous 15 starts, on the way to recording seven multi-hit performances. Perry has slashed .419/.471/.677 with 11 RBIs over all of his starts since April 15th.
- Gigliotti has scored more runs in conference play than any other ASUN player this year (20) and has reached first safely in his past nine outings. His 1.64 BB/K against ASUN pitchers leads the conference.
- Senior Denton Norman leads his team with a 2.25 ERA on the season. The righty averages a WHIP of 0.94 over his first three starts since coming back from injury, while holding a 1.15 in his 19 relief appearances.
- Five of the 12 best base stealers in the ASUN play for Lipscomb, with Gigliotti holding a conference-high 31. The Bisons have swiped 108 bags, the most any ASUN team has grabbed since Campbell stole 117 in 2009. No conference team has stolen more than 122 in the past two decades.
NJIT: 8-38 (1-17)
- NJIT recorded its third ASUN win in program history in a series with Kennesaw State last week. Despite getting outhit 7-6 the Highlanders won game two against the Owls 5-2, with career active program leader Bryan Haberstroh picking up his third save of the 2017 campaign.
- Jesse Uttendorfer is NJIT's active career leader in stolen bases since the club joined the ASUN last year. Uttendorfer has collected 10 swipes this season for a total of 23 between 2016 and 2017.
- NJIT is 2-0 against USC Upstate all-time and can set a single season program record in ASUN wins with a series victory this week. The Spartans are on a four-game skid and were outscored by NJIT 12-8 in 2016.
- The Highlanders slugging has improved on a month-to-month basis throughout the season, averaging .320 in February, .321 in March, .367 in April and .421 through eight games in May.
- Michael Anastasia leads the ASUN with a .373 batting average. His .463 on-base percentage and .507 slugging are top marks for the Highlanders, as he joins USC Upstate's Charlie Carpenter as the only players in the conference leading their teams in all three categories.
- Justin Etts is tied with Anastasia at 29 RBIs this year, and has pushed across runs in his previous four outings. Etts hit his third homer of 2017 against NYIT and is one of eight Highlanders to go deep this season.
- Justin Chin has surrendered just a single earned run in his last two appearances (7.0 IP) striking out six batters to two bases on balls.
North Florida: 32-20 (11-7).
- North Florida leads the ASUN in runs scored (326), hits (548), doubles (102) and BA (.302) in 2017. UNF's hit total ranks 21st in Division I Baseball while its batting average sits 29th overall.
- The Ospreys lead the conference with an average of .317 against ASUN pitchers, with Patrick Ervin (.411) holding the top spot in that category.
- Yahir Gurrola leads the ASUN in runs scored (56), RBIs (47) and is tied for first with 18 doubles and 74 hits. He also holds more extra-base knocks (29) and total bases (122) than any player in the ASUN this year.
- The Ospreys trail their all-time series with JU 27-36, but beat the Dolphins in a 7-5 decision earlier this year and are 9-5 at home against their cross-town rival dating back to 2008. Sitting third in the ASUN, UNF (11-7) will need a sweep of Jacksonville, and a Lipscomb sweep of Stetson, to guarantee a No. 1 seed in the conference championship.
- Matthew Naylor is the active conference leader among pitchers with at least two seasons played, holding a 2.07 ERA. His 1.95 ERA leads all UNF pitchers, as the righty has made 21 scoreless appearances in 2017.
- Patrick Ervin has been hit by a pitch 24 times in his career. With two more HBPs the senior will tie his program's D-I record, while his .433 on-base percentage trails only Chris Berry (.436) for a team-best in 2017.
- UNF's ability to hit the long ball has helped the Ospreys to 32 wins this season. The side averages a .482 slugging percentage with 25 HRs in wins, compared to .305 and eight HRs in its 20 losses.
USC Upstate: 22-30 (5-13)
- Charlie Carpenter leads the Spartans in batting average (.342), on-base percentage (.427) and slugging (.533) while his eight homers put him one away from tying a D-I single season program record.
- The Spartan pitching staff has given up just 10 home runs over the team's 22 wins but a total of 40 in their 30 losses. USC Upstate is 14-8 when keeping opponents inside the park for the entirety of a contest.
- Carpenter's 36 RBIs on the year give him a total of 103 for his career. The backstop is just the 16th USC Upstate in D-1 program history to reach the century mark, and is Upstate's career active leader.
- Eric Birklund's 70 career appearances make him USC Upstate's active leader, and put him third in the program's D-I record book. He is still 13 appearances away from tying a Spartan record.
- USC Upstate is slugging an impressive .454 in victories in comparison to just .288 in losses. The Spartans are 13-3 when collecting three-plus extra-base hits in a single contest, and 8-15 when tallying one or zero.
- USC Upstate is tied for first in the conference with 15 triples, with Russel Schwertfeger leading his squad at four on the year. Five Spartans have collected multiple triples on the year, while no other team in the ASUN has more than four players completing that feat (Lipscomb).
- JJ Shimko is tied for sixth in the conference and leads his team with 15 doubles in 2017. He has touched first in his past 16 appearances putting up an on-base percentage of .419 since April 15th.
Stetson: 25-26 (13-5)
- Stetson's pitching staff ranks first in the conference concerning strikeouts with 498, 70 ahead of the ASUN field. With two more strikeouts the Hatters would become just the sixth team in ASUN history to reach 500.
- Brooks Wilson's 115 strikeouts leads the ASUN this season while Jack Perkins and Logan Gilbert sit second and third with 101 and 96 respectively. With four more Gilbert Ks the Hatters would be just the eighth NCAA team since 2002 to have three players reach the century mark.
- Jacob Koos has reached safely in his last 18 appearances, on the way to slashing .313/.346/.354 during that span, while scoring 19 runs. Koos leads Stetson with 49 runs scored, sitting third in the ASUN.
- Stetson is coming off its second conference series sweep of the year after downing UNF in three straight. The Hatters will face Lipscomb on a five game win streak and hold a 34-27 record against the Bisons all-time.
- The Hatters have gone deep 14 times in their previous 15 contests, after hitting just a dozen through their first 36 games. Stetson has slugged .453 over the last 13 matchups, despite averaging .375 for the year.
- Stetson's success on the basepaths have led to positive decisions this year. The side is stealing at an average of 71.2% in its 25 wins for a total of 37 swiped bags, while averaging just 62.5% in its 26 losses.
- While the Hatters pitching has been superb in 2017, the defense behind them has been equally pivotal. Stetson averages .68 double plays and a single error per game in its 25 wins, and .42 and 1.73 over 26 losses.