LakePoint, Ga. - No. 20 Stetson extended its winning streak to sweep the weekend in ASUN Conference Baseball regular season action. Kennesaw State and Jacksonville picked up wins to secure a spot in the ASUN Championship, while Lipscomb forced a rubber match in its series with a gutsy win.
ASUN Baseball Results - Saturday, May 12th
Kennesaw State 7, NJIT 2
Jacksonville 14, USC Upstate 5
No. 20 Stetson 3, FGCU 1
Lipscomb 6, North Florida 5
No. 20 Stetson 9, FGCU 4
The Hatters collected another series win as they are inching their way closer to the regular season title. Brooks Wilson was the hero in game one of a doubleheader with FGCU, as the two-way star had the game-winning hit in the eighth, then came on in the ninth to secure his 19th save of the season. That sets a new Stetson and ASUN Conference record for most saves in a single season. With Jack Perkins and Josh Dye dealing on the mound, runs were once again at a premium at Swanson Stadium. Stetson got the first run in the third when Baylen Sparks grounded into a double play, but Kyle Ball came across to score. It took until the eighth for the next runners to cross the plate, when Wilson hit a deep drive into the left-center gap to bring home two runners. FGCU had a chance to tie things up in the bottom of the ninth when they loaded the bases with nobody out. Stetson's defense came through as Jorge Arenas and Bruce Martin turned a critical double play to get Wilson out of the jam and into the record books.
In game two of the doubleheader, the Hatters offense broke out for nine runs on eight hits to help secure the weekend sweep with a 9-4 win. Jacob Koos had the biggest hit of the game, as his three-run triple in the top of the fourth inning turned the tide and gave Stetson the lead for good. Jonathan Meola added an RBI double to left field in the sixth, before Wilson crushed a home run to the opposite field in the seventh. Mitchell Senger earned the win with 5.0 solid innings on the mound. Joey Gonzalez, Stetson's main midweek pitching threat, came on and finished the contest allowing only two hits in his four innings of work. With the win, Stetson could earn the outright title this weekend if Kennesaw State and Jacksonville lose tomorrow. If both squads win, the Hatters will need just one win next weekend to secure the top spot.
Jacksonville booked its spot in the 2018 ASUN Baseball Championship as Scott Dubrule carried his team to a 14-5 victory with a record-setting performance. The middle infielder went 5-for-6 with seven RBI, setting a new single-game program record in the process, to power the Dolphins to their 11th series win of the year. It was a quiet first four innings for Jacksonville as USC Upstate's Blake Whitney had things under control. That faded quickly in the fifth when Dubrule cleared the bases with a three-run double to tie the game up. After Upstate took the lead again 5-3, Jacksonville continued to find ways to score as they pushed across five runners in the sixth and four more in the seventh. Dubrule was in the middle of it all with an RBI single in the sixth, and a two-run single in the seventh. He capped his outstanding performance with another RBI knock in the ninth for the final score of 14-5. Chris Lehane added three hits, while Spencer Stockton got through seven innings and moved his record to 6-5 on the year.
Kennesaw State punched its ticket to the ASUN Baseball Championship with a victory against NJIT on Saturday, 7-2 at Stillwell Stadium on Senior Day. Brooks Buckler pitched the first complete game of his career, allowing only two runs on seven hits and striking out three batters. It was the first complete game for an Owls pitcher since April 13, 2017. Offensively, Grant Williams and Terence Norman led the way as the duo combined to go 5-for-7 with three RBI. Daniel Seres also drove home two runs with a triple as he produced a multi-hit effort as well. Just like on Friday night, the Owls jumped on top 1-0 in the bottom of the first as Williams singled in a run. After NJIT took the lead 2-1 in the fourth, the Owls responded with three runs in the bottom half, highlighted by Seres' triple. In the fifth, Norman had an RBI double to provide some insurance runs as the Owls evened the series up. The rubber match is scheduled for 1 PM tomorrow.
There will be another rubber match on Sunday and it will be held at Harmon Stadium after Lipscomb picked up an inspiring 6-5 win against North Florida. The Bisons were led by Lee Solomon who crushed two solo blasts to deep left field to lead the attack. Maddux Houghton and Blake Thomas also had multi-hit days as the Bisons stopped the Ospreys conference winning streak this afternoon. Lipscomb got off to the perfect start, taking a 3-0 lead in the top of the first, as Houghton singled home a run. The Ospreys responded with a run in the second and two in the fourth to make it a 4-3 game. Jay Prather hit a sac fly to deep center in the fifth to tie give North Florida the 4-3 lead, but Lipscomb responded with Solomon's first blast of the day. In the eighth, Thomas scored on a wild pitch before Solomon blasted his second of the day to make it a 6-4 lead. Robbie Knox came out of the bullpen and locked down the victory to set up tomorrow's rubber match.
Upcoming ASUN Baseball Schedule - Sunday, May 13th
NJIT at Kennesaw State - 1 PM - Facebook Live
Jacksonville at USC Upstate - 1 PM - Facebook Live
Lipscomb at North Florida - 1:05 PM - ESPN3
|ASUN Conference Baseball Standings|
|Team||ASUN Record||Overall Record|
|#20 Stetson *||14-3||40-11|
* - Clinched berth to the 2018 ASUN Baseball Championship
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