LakePoint, Ga. - The 2017 ASUN Conference Softball league season rolls on this weekend with three series on Saturday and Sunday. USC Upstate looks to continue its momentum after sweeping the last two weekend series. Stetson hosts North Florida, while Kennesaw State welcomes FGCU to Georgia.
The Spartans head to the River City to take on Jacksonville, who are coming off two dynamic offensive performances in midweek. The final game of the series will be seen on ESPN3, same for the Kennesaw State vs. FGCU series. All three games in DeLand, Fla. can be seen on Hatter Vision.
Record: 21-23 (3-6)
Weekend Series: at Kennesaw State (April 22-23; Saturday on ASUN.TV; Sunday on ESPN3)
- FGCU enters the weekend with 12 triples, good for second in the ASUN this year. Kelsey Huff holds the team lead with six, which ranks her tied for sixth in the nation.
- The Eagles look to snap a seven-game losing streak as they last one on April 2nd against North Florida. They hold an 18-8 all-time series lead against this weekend's opponents Kennesaw State.
- Racquel Fournet holds the team lead with 36 RBIs this season, which gives them two consecutive 30+ RBI seasons to start her FGCU career. She had 45 RBIs last season for FGCU.
- FGCU's offense has only scored 14 runs in six road games this season. They have compiled 29 runs in seven neutral site games, while scoring 121 runs in 31 home contests this season.
- Riley Randolph has compiled 114 strikeouts this season for the Eagles. She is only nine strikeouts away from her season total last season, when she was the ASUN Pitcher of the Year.
- FGCU's pitching staff is one of five ASUN teams to have two pitchers log 100 or more innings already this season. Randolph leads the team with 134.1 innings, while Taylor Wade has pitched 113.1 innings.
- Huff ranks second in the ASUN with a .401 batting average. That mark would rank her ninth all-time in FGCU single-season history if the season ended today.
Record: 25-19 (3-6)
Weekend Series: vs. USC Upstate (April 22-23; Sunday's game on ESPN3)
- Jacksonville's offense exploded in midweek action against Savannah State as the Dolphins combined for 31 runs in two games. The 17 runs in game two are the most JU has scored in a game this year.
- The Dolphins have registered 205 runs batted in, while scoring 227 runs total, both rank second in the ASUN heading into this weekend. With 16 sacrifice flies the team also ranks second in the league.
- Four players have recorded 20 or more RBIs, with Heather Roberts leading the team with 39. She ranks second in the league in that category. She ranks eighth in the ASUN hitting .370 on the year. - Tamera Thorpe leads the team with 106.1 innings pitched this season, one of 13 pitchers in the ASUN to already surpass the 100-inning mark as we enter the second half of conference play.
- Danielle Baker is the team's leader with 23 walks this season. She is one of nine ASUN players to have 20 or more walks already this season. The junior's single-season best mark was 22 set last season.
- 19 of Jacksonville's 25 victories this season have come at home, where they host league leaders USC Upstate this weekend. The Dolphins are hitting .341 at home and have slugged 19 of 22 homers at home.
- With 2.11 stolen bases per game, Jacksonville ranks second in the ASUN and among the top-20 nationally in that category. Allie McCourt holds the team lead with 29 entering this weekend.
Kennesaw State Owls
Record: 31-14 (7-5)
Weekend Series: vs. FGCU (April 22-23; Saturday's game on ASUN.TV, Sunday on ESPN3)
- Kennesaw State's offense continues to be the top-ranked offense in the ASUN in several categories this week. They have 72 doubles and 15 triples, which are tops among ASUN teams.
- KSU's freshman outfield Olivia Tamewitz was recently named one of 25 finalists for the NFCA Division I National Freshman of the Year category. She is one of six outfielders among the group of 25 freshmen.
- Four different Owls have recorded 50 or more hits this season. Hannah Thomason has 56 this season, with Tamewitz sitting right behind her at 55. Courtney Sutter (51) and Noelle Winkles (50) are the other two.
- Winkles (25) and Sutter (22) have combined for 47 extra base hits this season. Winkles leads the ASUN, while Sutter sits third currently in the league. Winkles' 0.41 doubles per game are second in NCAA.
- Kennesaw State swept this weekend's opponent FGCU the last time the Eagles visited Kennesaw, Ga. in 2015. Since then, the Owls have only won one of four games, as they trail the all-time series 8-18.
- The Owls have stolen 94 bases this season, second most in the ASUN entering this weekend. That number is the second highest single-season total in Owl history, only trailing last year's mark of 132.
- Kennesaw State have four of the top-six ASUN players in terms of batting average in their lineup. Winkles leads the team at .382, with Sutter right behind her at .381.
Record: 33-13 (7-5)
Weekend Series: Idle this weekend; Next Game at Belmont April 25th
- The Bisons are on a roll recently as they have won three consecutive games and six of their last seven contests, including a good midweek victory at ACC foe Lipscomb.
- The offense has been very diverse this season as five different players have registered 20 or more RBIs for the Bisons. Caitlin Plocheck leads the team with 28, while Kasey Gibson has 25 and sits second.
- With 31 walks in conference play, the Bisons are the most patient team at the plate in the ASUN. Overall the team has collected 145 walks, which ranks second in the conference entering this weekend.
- Mandy Jordan continues to rank among the top strikeouts artists in the nation. She sits eighth currently with 218 strikeouts, while her 8.1 strikeouts per seven innings ranks in the top-50 nationally.
- Peyton Ward (18) and Destinee Brewer (12) have combined for 30 steals this season to pace the Bisons in that category. Exactly half of the team's steals have come at home this season.
- Lipscomb will have the open ASUN weekend this week before heading back into league play next weekend. Lipscomb has won midweek games against Louisville and Chattanooga to keep sharp.
- The team boasts a 1.97 ERA overall, which ranks second in the ASUN. In conference play, Lipscomb's pitchers have been even tougher as the ERA has dropped to 1.57 entering this weekend's action.
North Florida Ospreys
Record: 26-20 (5-4)
Weekend Series: at Stetson (April 22-23; All games on Hatter Vision)
- North Florida played the longest game in ASUN history since 2004 when they won a marathon 15-inning game against Florida A&M in midweek action. It's the longest game in program game history.
- North Florida's offense continues to produce as they rank second in the ASUN in total hits (386), doubles (71) and total bases (517). Three different players have accumulated 50 or more hits this season.
- Navia Penrod has continued to be a hitting machine for the Ospreys this season. She enters the week as the hits leader in the nation with 74. She had her 23rd multi-hit game against of season vs. FAMU.
- The Ospreys lead the all-time series with this weekend's opponents Stetson 22-18. The last time the two sides played in DeLand, North Florida won two of three contests.
- Freshman Kayla McGory has been North Florida's most patient hitter at the plate. She has collected 29 walks this season, one of only two Ospreys with 20 or more. She ranks second in the ASUN in that category.
- Logan Green and Morgan Blourne have lowered their ERA to under 3.00, while North Florida's third starter, Amanda Blanchard, sits at 3.20 entering this weekend's action.
- With only 16 home runs, North Florida ranks sixth in that category in the ASUN. 13 of those 16 home runs have come at home, while the team's batting average sits at .231 in road games this season.
USC Upstate Spartans
Record: 36-10 (9-3)
Weekend Series: at Jacksonville (April 22-23; Sunday's game on ESPN3)
- USC Upstate swept its second consecutive conference series last weekend when they took care of Stetson. They Spartans head to the River City this weekend to face Jacksonville.
- With Holly McKinnon and Lexi Shubert leading the way in the circle, USC Upstate's pitching staff boast a 1.36 ERA overall this season. That number would rank just outside the top-10 in ASUN history.
- Abbie Millette tied Karla Beasley atop the home run hitting list with seven this season. Millette moved up to 25 RBIs last weekend, which puts her second on the USC Upstate squad.
- In 14 away games this season, USC Upstate is hitting .270 as a team, while that average goes up to .323 at home. Only five of the team's 31 homers this season have come on the road.
- Karla Beasley's 19 extra base hits rank tied for fourth in the ASUN this season. Abbie Millette (17), Ansley Gilstrap (16) and Ryan Rector (16) give the Spartans four players with double-digit extra base hits.
- McKinnon needs only seven more strikeouts to surpass last season's total of 186. Her strikeouts per seven innings have gone from 6.61 to 7.67 this season. Her ERA has lowered from 2.20 to 1.16.
- USC Upstate's defense has been solid all season long as the Spartans have compiled a fielding percentage of .977, 11th best in the nation. They have only committed one error in the last five games.
Record: 24-14 (2-7)
Weekend Series: vs. North Florida (April 22-23; All games on Hatter Vision)
- The Hatters have lost five consecutive games and return home this weekend as they look to snap this streak. Stetson hosts North Florida this weekend, a team they won two of three against last year.
- Stetson had one steal in each of its three games last weekend at USC Upstate. They rank second in the nation entering this weekend 2.97 stolen bases per game.
- Scoring nearly one run per game, Stetson's Linda Ross leads the ASUN in that category and ranks in the top-50 nationally. She is scoring 0.95 runs per game for the Hatters.
- Kelsey Waters is tied for second in the ASUN with six triples this season. That number is tied with FGCU's Kelsey Huff and ranks tied for sixth in the NCAA entering this weekend's action.
- Tori Perkins has been in control in regard to the strike zone this season as she only allows 1.38 walks per seven innings, the best rate in the league. She ranks 60th in the NCAA in that category.
- Four different Hatters have recorded 20 or more RBIs this season, with Blake Crews leading the team at 29. Ashly Smith ranks second on the team with 26, while Waters (24) and Maggie Fritts (23) are next up.
- Despite giving up six runs last weekend, Brooke Hutto leads the team with a 2.20 ERA. That number ranks fourth in the ASUN, while in conference play her number drops to 1.99, sixth-best in the league.