LakePoint, Ga. - Tuesday's midweek action in ASUN Conference Baseball saw Stetson and NJIT extend their winning streaks to eight and five, respectively. The Hatters pitching staff continued its dominant start to the season, while the Highlanders produced a big comeback for their non-conference road win.
ASUN Baseball Results - Tuesday, Mar. 13th
NJIT 8, Coppin State 7
#12 Stetson 6, Army West Point 0
South Florida 10, #27 FGCU 3
Richmond 4, Jacksonville 3
FAU 14, North Florida 1
Georgia 15, Kennesaw State 3
Belmont 8, Lipscomb 7
NJIT extended its winning streak to five games, the longest for the program since 2015, after a comeback victory against Coppin State on Tuesday afternoon. The Highlanders won 8-7 after trailing by five runs in the first inning. The Highlanders got off to the worst possible start, trailing 5-0 after one inning. But the comeback started in the second when Alex Burman laced a RBI double to left field. In the third, Julio Marcano brought home two with a double himself, and the Highlanders took the lead in the sixth inning. David Marcano trimmed the deficit to one on a two-run double, before Matt Cocciadiferro tied the contest on an RBI single. Julio Marcano capped his 2-for-3 day with his second RBI double of the contest to plate the go-ahead run. NJIT's pitching staff held on late as Johnny Malatesta earned his third save on the season.
The Hatters continued their winning ways with a 6-0 victory against Army West Point on Tuesday night. Stetson has now won nine games in a row, tied for the longest win streak since 2011. Stetson's pitching continued its dominance over opposing lineups as they allowed just two hits and no runs for the sixth shutout of the season. Joey Gonzalez produced another quality start with six shutout innings, striking out seven batters and only allowing two walks to move his record to 4-0 on the year. Vlad Nunez came in and pitched the final three innings, striking out four and not allowing a single hit. It took until the sixth inning for Stetson's offense to break through, as Baylen Sparks drove home Andrew MacNeil for the first run of the night. Austin Hale followed up with an RBI single to make it 2-0 after six. In the seventh, Nico Torino came up with the bases loaded and cleared them all with a double to the left-field wall. That's all the runs Stetson needed to move to 14-1, the best start since 2002.
Upcoming ASUN Baseball Schedule - Wednesday, Mar. 14th
North Florida at FAU - 4 PM
USC Upstate at Wofford - 5 PM
Army West Point at #12 Stetson - 6:30 PM (Hatter Vision)
Jacksonville at South Florida - 7 PM
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