Stetson, NJIT & Jacksonville Win on Road; Ospreys Earn Home @ASUNBSB Win

LakePoint, Ga. - It was another typical Friday night in ASUN Conference Baseball action as several aces and star relievers put together great performances. No. 20 Stetson, NJIT and Jacksonville all collected road wins, while North Florida was the lone side to win at home. 

ASUN Baseball Results - Friday, May 11th
NJIT 12, Kennesaw State 5
North Florida 4, Lipscomb 2 
Jacksonville 5, USC Upstate 3 - 11 innings
No. 20 Stetson 4, FGCU 2

Stetson extended its winning streak to eight consecutive with a 4-2 win at FGCU to open up the weekend. The Hatters used a familiar formula for tonight's win, as Logan Gilbert dominated once again for six plus innings, before Brooks Wilson came on and shut the door. The offense provided enough runs as Austin Hale hit a homer, while Jacob Koos and Wilson also picked up RBI. Gilbert struck out 13 batters to set a new single-season program record for strikeouts with 134 on the season. Wilson collected his 18th save of the year, which is tied for the most in a single-season in ASUN history. He struck out two batters in 2.1 innings of work. The Hatters finished with nine hits on the night as Hale and Mike Spooner had multi-hit outings. The two sides will play a doubleheader on Saturday to close out the weekend series. 

It was all NJIT in the opening game of the weekend at Stillwell Stadium as the Highlanders won 12-5 against Kennesaw State. The Owls took a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first as Grant Williams and Jaylen Smith drove home runs early. But from then on, the Highlanders chipped away and then blew past the Owls. NJIT got on the board in the fourth when Tom Brady doubled home two runs. In the fifth inning, Matt Cocciadiferro delivered the biggest blow of the game as he launched a three-run homer to deep left field to give NJIT a 5-4 lead. The Highlanders continued to tack on runs as Pat O'Hare, who entered the game with no RBI on the season, had a two-run single and three-run double in the late innings to put the game out of reach. 

The Ospreys continued their winning ways in conference play as North Florida defeated Lipscomb 4-2 on Friday night. Frank German picked up his seventh win of the season, and 17th of his career to become the new Division I era leader for the Ospreys. German struck out nine batters in 7.0 innings of work, allowing only two runs on four hits. Offensively, North Florida scored twice in the first inning as Blake Voyles and Mac Wilson had RBI knocks. After Zeke Dodson tied the game for Lipscomb with a two-run double in the top of sixth, the Ospreys struck right back with a bases loaded walk in the bottom half of the inning. Jay Prather hustled his way to third to open the bottom of the eighth inning, and then came home on a wild pitch to provide some insurance. Nick Marchese collected his first save of the year to close things out. 

Jacksonville needed extra innings, but the Dolphins picked up a big series opening win at USC Upstate 5-3 in 11 innings. Chris Lehane capped off a great offensive night for him with an RBI single in the 11th that was the go-ahead run. After moving to third on an error, Scott Dubrule drove home Lehane with a sacrifice fly to make it 5-3. Chris Mauloni, Jacksonville's dynamic freshman closer, came on in the ninth and struck out seven batters in 2.2 innings of work to earn the win on the mound. USC Upstate took a 3-1 lead in the sixth inning when they three runs against Jacksonville's ace Chris Gau, knocking him out before the seventh inning for the first time in 10 starts. Dubrule had a sac fly in the seventh to cut the deficit to 3-2, before Sam Armstrong hit a homer to right field in the eighth to send the game to extra innings. 

Upcoming ASUN Baseball Schedule - Saturday, May 12th
NJIT at Kennesaw State - 2 PM - Facebook Live
Jacksonville at USC Upstate - 2 PM - Facebook Live
No. 20 Stetson at FGCU - 2 PM - Facebook Live
Lipscomb at North Florida - 2:05 PM - ESPN3
No. 20 Stetson at FGCU - 6:30 PM - Facebook Live

ASUN Conference Baseball Standings
Team ASUN Record Overall Record
#20 Stetson * 12-3 38-11
Kennesaw State 10-6 24-23
Jacksonville 9-6 32-17
North Florida 8-8 23-23
FGCU 7-9 31-17
NJIT 6-10 19-21
Lipscomb 6-10 20-26
USC Upstate 5-11 23-25-1

* - Clinched berth to the 2018 ASUN Baseball Championship

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