LakePoint, Ga. - Saturday was another successful day for ASUN Conference Baseball teams as league sides combined for seven victories. NJIT earned its first win of the season, while Jacksonville's pitching continued to dominate. FGCU picked up its first win of the weekend, with Stetson closing out the night with some late inning heroics.
ASUN Baseball Results - Saturday, Mar. 3rd
Stetson 5, Central Michigan 3
NJIT 7, Navy 1
USC Upstate 2, Longwood 0
Kennesaw State 9, Samford 3
Jacksonville 3, Rhode Island 1
North Florida 6, Connecticut 5
FGCU 10, Bethune-Cookman 4
Northern Kentucky 2, Lipscomb 1
Navy 4, NJIT 0
Stetson continued its impressive start to the season with a dramatic victory on Saturday night against Central Michigan. The Hatters trailed 3-2 entering the bottom of the ninth, but had two men out with two outs after Brooks Wilson singled and Jorge Arenas drew a walk. Up to the plate stepped Andrew MacNeil who delivered a three-run pinch-hit walk-off home run to lift the Hatters to the comeback win. Arenas started the scoring with a two-run single in the bottom of the second inning, but the Chippewas took the lead on three runs in the sixth. Joey Gonzalez earned the win out of the bullpen as he pitched 3.1 innings of shutout baseball to keep the Hatters close and set up MacNeil's heroics.
NJIT picked up its first win of the season as the Highlanders split a doubleheader with Navy on Saturday. After dropping the first game 4-0, the Highlanders bounced back with a 7-1 victory. Tyler Stafflinger pitched six scoreless innings to pick up the win on the mound. Five players had multi-hit games with Michael Anastasia contributing two doubles. Jesse Uttendorfer and Paul Franzoni had three hits each. NJIT scored runs in the first and third innings to take a 2-0 lead. They scored again on an Anastasia sac fly in the seventh to make it 3-0. After Navy pulled one back, the Highlanders tacked on four runs in the top of the 9th.
Kennesaw State showed off their powerful offense once again as they defeated Samford 9-3 on Saturday to take game two of the weekend series. After falling behind 2-0 early, the Owls scored the next eight runs to put the game out of reach. Jake Franklin, Ladonis Bryant and Taylor Allum all had three hits each, with Allum providing the exclamation point with a solo homer late in the game. Brooks Buckler picked up the win on the mound with 6.2 solid innings. He allowed five hits and only one earned run to move to 1-0 on the season for the Owls.
USC Upstate collected its second win of the weekend as the Spartans shutout Longwood 2-0 today. Four Spartan pitchers combined for the shutout as Kevin Hickey went 5.2 innings allowing only three hits. Grant Hoppock came out of the bullpen to secure the victory, with Sean Hupp earning his second save of the year to close out the contest. The only runs of the game came in the bottom of the sixth inning, when Andres Kim and Charlie Carpenter produced RBI singles to give USC Upstate a 2-0 cushion. The Spartans even their record at 5-5-1 on the year and will look for a sweep of Longwood tomorrow.
The Ospreys picked up one-run victory, defeating UConn 6-5 on Saturday afternoon. North Florida jumped out on top of the Huskies 5-0 in the bottom of the first inning after Mac Wilson, Chris Berry and Alex Reynolds came up with RBI hits. The Huskies clawed their way back into the contest and eventually tied the game at 5-5 in the seventh. Reynolds and Berry were instrumental in the winning run as Berry scored on a throwing error that allowed Reynolds to reach. Eddie Miller came out of the bullpen for 2.2 innings of relief and secured his first win of the season. He and Ethan Michaelis combined for nine strikeouts and only allowed one walk.
Jacksonville earned a 3-1 win against Rhode Island to take the first two games of the weekend series. The Dolphins' pitching staff continued to dominate Rhode Island as five pitchers combined to allow only five hits and one unearned run. Trent Palmer secured the victory, pitching three innings out of the bullpen. He struck out four batters and only allowed one hit. Chris Mauloni locked down his third save of the season, striking out the side in the ninth. Jacob Southern had an RBI single in the bottom of the first to tie the game and get Jacksonville on the board. Chris Lehane delivered the game-winning RBI when he singled and scored Southern in the bottom of the fifth. The Dolphins go for the weekend series sweep tomorrow.
Upcoming ASUN Baseball Schedule - Sunday, Mar. 4th
NJIT at Navy - 11 AM
Longwood at USC Upstate - 1 PM
Purdue at Stetson - 1 PM - Hatter Vision
Rhode Island at Jacksonville - 1 PM
Northern Kentucky at Lipscomb - 12 PM CT
Connecticut at North Florida - 1:05 PM
NJIT at Navy - 1:30 PM
FGCU at Bethune-Cookman - 1 PM
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