LakePoint, Ga. - Five ASUN Conference Baseball teams earned victories on Friday to open this weekend's action. Lipscomb, USC Upstate and Kennesaw State all had great hitting displays, while Jacksonville and Stetson's pitching dominated the action.
ASUN Baseball Results - Friday, Mar. 2nd
Lipscomb 11, Northern Kentucky 6
USC Upstate 14, Longwood 2
Kennesaw State 9, Samford 3
Jacksonville 6, Rhode Island 0
Stetson 2, Virginia Tech 1
Bethune-Cookman 3, FGCU 1
Connecticut 5, North Florida 4
Lipscomb's top of the lineup produced all game long as the Bisons beat Northern Kentucky 11-6 at home. Lee Solomon had a 2-for-5 performance with three RBI, while Zeke Dodson, Cade Sorrells, Jeffrey Crisan and Jackson Furstace all had multi-hit games. After scoring runs in each of the first three innings, the Bisons found themselves tied 5-5 heading into the bottom of the sixth. They scored six runs in that inning to break the game wide open. Solomon had a two-RBI triple, while Chris Bashlor added a two-run double.
USC Upstate also featured a six-run bottom of the sixth inning as the Spartans defeated Longwood 14-2 with some late inning offense. Preseason Player of the Year Charlie Carpenter went 5-for-5 with three runs scored and two RBI. Kyle Gensler and Russell Schwertfenger also had two RBI each. Blake Whitney picked up his second win of the season, going six innings and now allowing an earned run. He struck out eight batters and only walked one. In Kennesaw, Ga., the Owls picked up a 9-3 victory to open their weekend series against Samford. Grant Williams and Jaylen Smith each had three hits, while Taylor Allum and Terrance Norman produced a couple knocks themselves. The Owls were also a manace on the base paths with five stolen bases as a team. Kennesaw State was up 4-0, before Samford got on the scoreboard. Everytime Samford scored, the Owls had an answer and didn't let their opponent gain any momentum.
Behind an excellent outing from Chris Gau, who pitched seven scoreless innings, Jacksonville defeated Rhode Island 6-0 on Friday night. Gau went 7.0 IP and only allowed six hits. He struck out seven and walked just one batter. Matt Meyer and Spencer Stockton came on in relief to preserve the shutout performance by the Dolphin pitching staff. Evan Fernandez and Chris Lehane provided some pop offensively with homers. Fernande got the scoring started with a solo shot in the first. Lehane finished out the scoring with a solo bomb in the bottom of the eighth.
Stetson also used a brilliant pitching performance as Logan Gilbert, ASUN Preseason Pitcher of the Year, went eight innings and struck out 13 batters. He only allowed two hits and one run as the Hatters won 2-1 against Virginia Tech. Gilbert picks up his second win of the season, but was much sharper with his secondary pitches in this outing. Jacob Koos provided all the run support Gilbert needed with a two-run homer to right field that turned a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 lead. Brooks Wilson came on in the ninth and closed it down for his fourth save of the year.
Upcoming ASUN Baseball Schedule - Saturday, Mar. 3rd
NJIT at Navy - 11 AM
NJIT at Navy - 1:30 PM
FGCU at Bethune-Cookman - 1 PM - ESPN3
Longwood at USC Upstate - 2 PM
Samford at Kennesaw State - 2 PM
Connecticut at North Florida - 2 PM
Northern Kentucky at Lipscomb - 2 PM CT
Rhode Island at Jacksonville - 6 PM
Central Michigan at Stetson - 7 PM
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