Kennesaw State Sits Atop @ASUNSoftball Standings; Action Resumes Saturday

LakePoint, Ga. - ASUN Softball action resumes Saturday as Kennesaw State sits atop the league standings 8-1, while Lipscomb follows behind with a 6-3 record. Saturday's slate of doubleheader games begin at 1 PM ET when the Bisons face North Florida and Jacksonville travels to USC Upstate. At 2 PM Kennesaw State closes out the schedule as the Owls take on FGCU in Fort Myers, Fla. 

Team-by-Team Breakdown
FGCU Eagles

Twitter: @FGCU_Softball
Record: 29-12; 3-3
Weekend Series: vs. Kennesaw State (Apr. 14-15)
- FGCU returns to conference play after the Eagles were the idle team last week and split a doubleheader with FAU. 
- The Eagles host Kennesaw State this weekend, leading the all-time series 20-9. FGCU won two of three meetings last season, including a 1-0 victory in the ASUN Championship. 
- Freshman pitcher, Taylor Bauman recorded her 15th save of the season against FAU on Wednesday. She is now one shy of breaking the NCAA single-season record. 
- In game two of the regular season last year, FGCU shutout Kennesaw State 3-0. Bri Innamorato registered two hits, two RBI, one homer and brought in one run for the Eagles.  

Jacksonville Dolphins
Twitter: @JUSoftball

Record: 22-19; 3-3
Weekend Series: at USC Upstate (Apr. 14-15, Game 3 - Facebook Live)
- Jacksonville looks to redeem itself this weekend against USC Upstate after being swept by Lipscomb last week. 
- Against the Bisons last weekend, Heather Roberts led the Dolphins with three hits, three RBI and one run scored. Roberts has a team-high 22 RBI on the season and second-best batting average (.306).  
- In the series last season, the Dolphins picked up a 4-3 win in the first game versus the Spartans. Leading hitter, Madison Ragan registered three RBI, one hit, one run and one homer for Jacksonville in the match up. 
- The Dolphins are batting .259 as a club with a .355 on-base percentage this season. They also lead the league in stolen bases (84) and rank third in shuouts with 10 on the season. 

Kennesaw State Owls
Twitter: @KSUOwlsSB
 29-13; 8-1
Weekend Series: at FGCU (Apr. 14-15) 
- In this week's NCAA RPI the Owls come in at No. 49 and are the only ASUN squad receiving votes (18) in the latest USA Today/ NFCA Coaches Poll. 
- In a non-conference midweek match up the Owls defeated Georgia Tech 1-0 through 10 innings. Senior, Abigail Green posted a career-high 15 strikeouts and innings pitched (10), while only allowing two hits. 
- Kennesaw State begins another week of conference play with the best ASUN record at 8-1. The Owls and FGCU face off this weekend, after splitting a doubleheader in the regular season last year. 
- The Owls lead the league with a .294 average, and top the league in slugging percentage (.453), runs scored (206), hits (319), doubles (64), home runs (30) and total bases (491).

Lipscomb Bisons
Twitter: @LipscombSB

Record: 26-10; 6-3
Weekend Series: at North Florida (Apr. 14-15, All games - Facebook Live)
- Lipscomb has won seven of its last eight games, including a sweep of Jacksonville last weekend. The Bisons travel to North Florida for this week's ASUN series. 
- The Bisons lead the all-time series 18-12 over the Ospreys and have claimed three of the last four meetings between squads. 
- Last season against North Florida, pitcher Mandy Jordan fanned a total of 13 batters in the series. Jordan leads the ASUN this year in ERA (1.38), wins (15) and ranks third in strikeouts (123). 
- The reigning ASUN Player of the Week, Abby Fenichel went 6-13 in a 4-0 week for Lipscomb as the senior recorded six RBI and two runs in the series against the Dolphins. 

North Florida Ospreys
Twitter: @OspreySB
 21-23; 1-8
Weekend Series: vs. Lipscomb (Apr. 14-15, All games - Facebook Live)
- North Florida grabbed its first ASUN victory of the season last weekend in game three of the series against USC Upstate defeating the Spartans 3-2.
- The Ospreys host Lipscomb for a weekend series looking to stay in the win column. Last season UNF took the second game of the series from the Bisons 5-0. 
- In the Ospreys' win last year over Lipscomb, junior Dominica Cocuzza recorded two hits, two RBI and one run. Cocuzza currently leads the league in doubles with 13 on the season. 
- Navia Penrod continues to lead the ASUN in batting average (.443) and is ranked 20th in the NCAA and third in hits with 62 on the season. 

USC Upstate Spartans
Twitter: @UpstateSoftball
 28-14; 7-5
Weekend Series: vs. Jacksonville (Apr. 14-15, Game 3 - Facebook Live)
- USC Upstate returns home after taking the series from North Florida last weekend. The Spartans match up with Jacksonville this week, leading the all-time series 19-7. 
- After a great performance in the circle last weekend, Christina Biggerstaff takes home her second ASUN Pitcher of the Week award. Biggerstaff picked up three of USC Upstate's four wins against North Florida and Western Carolina and posted a 1.11 ERA for the week, allowing a total of five hits and three runs.
- As a team, USC Upstate ranks second in the ASUN in hits (306), RBI (179), runs (201), batting average (.286) and slugging percentage (.426). 
- Against the Dolphins last season, Brittany Case recorded six hits and one RBI over the span of three games. Case ranks second in conference play in RBI with nine on the year. 

Stetson Hatters
Twitter: @StetsonSoftball

Record: 23-17; 2-7
Weekend Series: Idle; Next game vs. Bethune Cookman (4/18 - 6 PM - ESPN3)
- Stetson is the idle team this week in ASUN Softball, however the Hatters shutout FIU in a Wednesday midweek match up 3-0.
- Against the Panthers, pitcher Tori Perkins claimed a two-hitter victory as the junior registered her 12th career shutout. Perkins is tied for second in the ASUN in wins this season with 14. 
- The Hatters next game is scheduled for Apr. 18 against Bethune Cookman. They lead the all-time series over the Wildcats 82-15 with Stetson's latest win coming last season by the score of 10-5. 
- Last year against Bethune Cookman, Ashly Smith went 3-4 at bat, knocked in two RBI and scored one run for the Hatters. Smith ranks second in the league in batting average (.419) and fourth in stolen bases (22) this season. 

ASUN Softball Individual Leaders

Batting Average  RBI (Runs Batted In) Strikeouts
 1. Navia Penrod (.443)
     North Florida 
 1. Patricia Awald (36)
     Kennesaw State 
 1. Christina Biggerstaff (190)
     USC Upstate 
 2. Ashly Smith (.419)
 2. Logan Morris (32)
      USC Upstate  
 2. Abigail Green (130)
     Kennesaw State 
 3. Karla Beasley (.397)
     USC Upstate  
 3. Noelle Winkles (31)
      Kennesaw State  
 3. Mandy Jordan (123)
 4. Patricia Awald (.397)
      Kennesaw State 
 4. Molly McLaughlin (30)
 4. Sydney Matzko (117)
     North Florida 
 5. Maddie Roth (.383)
     Kennesaw State
 5. Racquel Fournet (29)
 5. Alley Cutting (113)
     Kennesaw State 

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