LakePoint, Ga. - Saturday's ASUN Conference Baseball action saw nine victories for league teams. NJIT swept a doubleheader, while Lipscomb secured its first-ever win against Michigan. No. 18 Stetson and FGCU extended their winning streaks. Kennesaw State and North Florida split doubleheaders with Jacksonville closing out the night with another series win.
ASUN Baseball Results - Saturday, Mar. 10th
FGCU 4, Evansville 2
NJIT 8, Maryland Eastern Shore 4
NJIT 7, Maryland Eastern Shore 0
Kennesaw State 7, Sacred Heart 6 - 10 innings
USC Upstate 7, Penn 2
North Florida 5, Fairfield 1
Lipscomb 7, Michigan 4
Jacksonville 9, Bradley 5
#18 Stetson 7, Richmond 0
Fairfield 16, North Florida 12
Penn 7, USC Upstate 5
Sacred Heart 4, Kennesaw State 2
Lipscomb collected its first-ever win against Michigan on Saturday, defeating the Wolverines 7-4 at Ken Dugan Field. Trailing 4-2 in the fifth, the Bisons used a five-run bottom of the fifth to take the lead and never look back. Jeffrey Crisan continued his hot streak at the plate going 2-for-4 with two RBI. Maddux Houghton added two RBI as well for the Bisons. Chris Kachmar earned the win on the mount despite giving up four earned runs in six innings of work. Robbie Knox picked up a rare three-inning save as he came in and shut down the Michigan offense.
NJIT collected a doubleheader sweep of Maryland Eastern Shore, winning 8-4 and 7-0 on Saturday. The Highlanders improve their record to 5-5 on the season after taking the first three games of this four-game series. In game one, NJIT trailed 1-0 early, but scored five runs between the third and fourth inning to take control. They tacked on three more runs in the final inning to secure the 8-4 victory. Jesse Uttendorfer led the team with two RBI, while Justin Etts continued his hot hitting going 2-for-3. In the second contest, Tyler Stafflinger put on a pitching clinic as he went the distance allowing only two hits. The offense provided three runs in the second inning, as Edgar Bardaraco opened the scoring with an RBI single. Michael Anastasia followed him with a two-run single. In the sixth, the Marcono brothers, David and Julio, each got plunked to produce RBIs, before Anastasia closed out the scoring with a solo homer.
FGCU used early offense to pick up a 4-2 win against Evansville on Saturday afternoon in Fort Myers, Fla. Richie Garcia hit a two-run double in the bottom of the first, while Jay Hayes added a sacrifice fly to put the Eagles up 3-0 right off the bat. It was all the offense that starting pitcher Josh Dye needed as he pitched seven quality innings to push his record to 3-0 on the season. Dye set a new career-high with nine strikeouts and he didn't allow a single walk in today's contest. Tyler Shuck and Kenton Herring provided scoreless outings from the bullpen to lead the Eagles to their 12th win of the season. Jacksonville's offense came to life scoring nine runs on 12 hits to defeat Bradley 9-5 on Saturday. Ruben Someillan was the table setter as he went 3-for-5 with three runs scored, while Jacob Southern went 2-for-4 with two RBI tonight. Southern and Sam Armstrong hit homers for the Dolphins. Chris Mauloni picked up his seventh save of the season as he came on in relief late.
USC Upstate used a late-inning rally in game one to defeat Penn 7-2. The Spartans entered the bottom of the eighth inning trailing 2-1, but scored six runs thanks to some help from the Penn pitching staff and timely hitting to take the lead and win the game. USC Upstate took advantage of three consecutive hit by pitches to tie the game and take a 3-2 lead, before Russell Schwertfeger delivered the biggest hit of the game with a bases-clearing triple to push the lead to 6-2. The Spartans tacked on another run to secure the victory. In game two of the doubleheader, the Spartans were unable to hold on to a 5-4 lead as Penn scored three runs late to win 7-5.
18-ranked Stetson collected another victory as the Hatters shutout Richmond 7-0 on Saturday. Jack Perkins picked up his second win of the season, pitching six shutout innings and striking out six batters. Ben Onyshko and Brooks Wilson did not allow a hit out of the bullpen to shut the door as the Spiders' offense sputtered. Austin Hale was the offensive star of the night as he finished 2-for-4 with four RBI, while Andrew MacNeil added two RBIs of his own in tonight's contest.
Kennesaw State and North Florida split doubleheaders with their opponents on Saturday. The Owls bounced back after falling in the opener to Sacred Heart to take the second game by the score of 7-6 in extra innings. The Owls looked like they had the victory, but Sacred Heart tied it up in the ninth. In the bottom of the 10th, Kennesaw State put the first two runners on base to set themselves up for a walk-off situation. Matt Mixon came up to bat and laid down a perfectly executed suicide squeeze to bring home the game-winning run. The Ospreys picked up a split with Fairfield after winning the second game of the twin bill 5-1 on Saturday. Frank German went six innings and struck out eight batters, while only allowing one run. Blake Voyles had two RBI singles, while Tanner Murphy added an RBI double in the eighth inning for insurance.
Upcoming ASUN Baseball Schedule - Sunday, Mar. 11th
Evansville at FGCU - 11 AM
NJIT at Maryland Eastern Shore - 11 AM
Bradley at Jacksonville - 1 PM
Richmond at #18 Stetson - 1 PM
Fairfield at North Florida - 1:05 PM (ESPN3)
Michigan at Lipscomb - 1 PM CT
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