LakePoint, Ga. - Three ASUN Conference Baseball teams that picked up non-conference wins had one thing in common on Tuesday night, they scored double-digit runs. Kennesaw State, USC Upstate and NJIT all produced early and often to cruise to victories. Lipscomb went the comeback rout, as they put up a crooked number in the eighth to secure a home win.
ASUN Baseball Results - Tuesday, Apr. 10th
NJIT 11, Saint Peter's 3
USC Upstate 10, UNC Asheville 3
Kennesaw State 12, Georgia Southern 3
Lipscomb 8, Austin Peay 6
The Owls used one big inning to take the lead on Georgia Southern and never look back as the Owls won 12-3 on the road. A six-run fourth inning set up the entire contest as Kennesaw State made Georgia Southern use five different pitchers to get three outs. Six different Owls had multi-hit games, with Forrest Bramlett registering a two-run homer and three RBI to lead the offense. David Chabut picked up where he left off as the ASUN Player of the Week with a 3-for-4 performance. Ryan Kennedy collected his first collegiate win on the mound as he went 5.0 innings and allowed only two earned runs.
Lipscomb's offense left it late but they found a way to get past Austin Peay as the Bisons won 8-6. Austin Peay led for most of the contest, but Lipscomb came to life in the bottom of the eighth inning as they scored five runs to turn around a 6-3 deficit into an 8-6 lead. Josh Martinez had the biggest hit of the night as he drove home three runs with a single to deep right field. Blake Thomas was clutch again as he drove home the go-ahead run in the bottom of the eighth. Jackson Furstace also pitched in with two RBI. Robbie Knox came on in the ninth and shut the door on Austin Peay to earn his fourth save of the season.
USC Upstate scored five runs in the first three innings to jump on UNC Asheville and pick up a road victory, 10-3 in Asheville, N.C. Pat Raiff got the scoring started with a two-run triple, and he ended up with three RBI. Toran Shahidi hit a homer and a double as he finished 3-for-5 on the night. Will Hardigree, Charlie Carpenter and Kyle Gensler all had multi-hit games to lead USC Upstate's offense. Jordan Marks started and pitched scoreless baseball. All three runs that UNC Asheville scored were unearned.
NJIT's offense came to play in the Highlanders home opener as they defeated Saint Peter's 11-3. Julio Marcano set the tone as he clubbed a three-run homer in the bottom of the first inning to put NJIT on top from the start. The offense continued to add on runs as Justin Etts hit a three-run homer of his own in the bottom of the fourth inning. Catcher Paul Franzoni added a solo shot later in the contest as NJIT's offense produced 11 runs on 11 hits tonight. Brian Sondergard pitched scoreless baseball to pick up his third win of the season on the mound.
Upcoming ASUN Baseball Schedule - Wednesday, Apr. 11th
South Florida at Stetson - 3:30 PM - ESPN3
Jacksonville at Florida A&M - 6 PM
Gardner-Webb at USC Upstate - 6 PM - Facebook Live
Bethune-Cookman at North Florida - 6:05 PM - Facebook Live
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