Ospreys Cruise to @ASUNBSB Weekend Sweep; Bisons Rally Late for Victory

LakePoint, Ga. - North Florida closed out the ASUN Conference Baseball weekend with an impressive road win to sweep its series in Fort Myers, Fla. Stetson earned a spot in the ASUN Championship, without having to take the field, while Lipscomb rallied late on Senior Day. 

ASUN Baseball Results - Sunday, May 6th
North Florida 16, FGCU 1
Lipscomb 8, Southeast Missouri 7
Saint Joseph's 3, NJIT 0
No. 24 Jacksonville at No. 30 Stetson - Canceled

The Ospreys completed their weekend sweep of FGCU in style as North Florida dominated from the start to win 16-1. Brad Depperman set the tone with a career-high 8.0 shutout innings, striking out eight batters and only scattering four hits in his outing. The offense provided plenty of support as Jay Prather went 3-for-5 with three RBI and four runs scored. Rey Gonzalez and Abraham Sequera added three RBI each as well as the bottom of the lineup produced 10 of North Florida's 17 hits. The Ospreys were already up 7-0 heading into the ninth, before scoring nine runs in the innings. The Ospreys are now tied with FGCU at 7-8 in the conference standings. 

Lipscomb secured a wild 8-7 come from behind victory on Senior Day to defeat SEMO and close out the weekend on a positive note. The Bisons rallied in the seventh inning of a back and forth contest to score twice and overturn a one-run deficit. Cade Sorrells had a team-high three RBI, while Jeffrey Crisan added two runs batted in. Trailing 7-6 in the bottom of the seventh, Zeke Dodson was walked, but Lee Solomon scored on a pass ball to tie up the contest. It also advanced Maddux Houghton to third with only one out. Senior Jake Perry stepped up to the plate and hit a deep SAC Fly to right field to bring home the game-winning run. Robbie Knox entered from the bullpen and shut things down for the Bisons. He struck out three on his way to earning his fifth save of the season. 

Stetson and Jacksonville weren't able to beat the rain on Sunday as the series finale was canceled due to continuing rain in the morning and thru the afternoon. Despite the rainout, Stetson became the first team to clinch a berth to the 2018 ASUN Baseball Championship, played May 23-26 at Harmon Stadium in Jacksonville, Fla. 

Upcoming ASUN Baseball Schedule - Tuesday, May 8th
Georgia State at Kennesaw State - 6 PM - Facebook Live
Lipscomb at Austin Peay - 6 PM CT

ASUN Conference Baseball Standings
Team ASUN Record Overall Record
#30 Stetson * 11-3 37-11
Kennesaw State 10-5 24-20
#24 Jacksonville 8-6 31-16
FGCU 7-8 31-15
North Florida 7-8 22-23
Lipscomb 6-9 20-24
USC Upstate 5-10 22-24-1
NJIT 5-10 18-21

* - Clinched berth to the 2018 ASUN Baseball Championship

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