LakePoint, Ga. - Kennesaw State, USC Upstate and Jacksonville all picked up double-header sweeps on Saturday, while Stetson took game two of their three game set with Lipscomb.
ASUN Baseball Results - Saturday, Apr. 14th
Kennesaw State 10, North Florida 6 (Game 1)
NJIT 9, USC Upstate 7 (Game 1)
Jacksonville 15, FGCU 5 - 7 Innings (Game 1)
Kennesaw State 7, North Florida 5 (Game 2)
USC Upstate 8, NJIT 1 (Game 2)
Jacksonville 5, FGCU 1 (Game 2)
Stetson 5, Lipscomb 1
Kennesaw State swept the weekend series from North Florida on Saturday afternoon, as they took both ends of a doubleheader. In game one, KSU used the long ball to power themselves to victory. Tyler Simon, Grant Williams and Jake Franklin all went yard for the Owls. KSU took a 6-3 lead into the 8th, but North Florida rallied to tie it, 6-6. David Chabut plated the go-ahead run in the bottom half of the inning on a sac-fly. Simon and Williams added three more with a double and a homer to give the Owls the final score of 10-6. In game two, UNF jumped out to a 4-1 lead, but KSU slowly widdled its way back into the ball game. The Owls got one in the sixth and one in the seventh. The Ospreys responded with a run in the top of the eighth, but Kennesaw State exploded for four runs in the bottom half to take the lead for good. Chabut and Franklin combined for a huge game in game two, as they went 7-for-8, with six RBIs and three runs scored. Kennesaw State has now won six of their last seven ball games.
After dropping the opening game of the series on Friday, USC Upstate came back on Saturday to sweep the doubleheader and take the series from NJIT. In game one, Upstate roared out to a 5-1 lead, highlighted by a four-run third inning. Will Hardigree had a two-run single in the frame for the Spartans. NJIT made a comeback, as they scored five runs between innings four and six to take a 6-5 lead. Upstate would not be denied though, plating four runs in the games final three innings to secure the victory. Game two would not be as closely contested. The Spartans scored in every inning besides the first, second and seventh. Chris Rodriguez led the offensive charge with three RBIs. Blake Whitney turned in a brilliant start for the Spartans going seven innings, allowing just one earned run, no walks and striking out six.
Jacksonville fell in heartbreaking fashion on Friday, as they lost in extras to FGCU. They came back swinging on Saturday afternoon, as they jumped all over FGCU starter Josh Dye in game one of the doubleheader. JU tagged Dye for eight hits, nine runs with eight of them being earned runs. Angel Camacho had a monster day at the plate, as he went 4-for-5 with six RBIs and two HRs, including the one which clinched the 10-run rule. Dolphin catcher Jacob Southern also had a big game at the dish, going 3-for-4 with two doubles, a triple and three RBIs. In game two, it was all about the pitching for Jacksonville. Spencer Stockton dazzled on the mound, tossing 8.1 IP, allowing just five hits, one earned run, while striking out 11 hitters. Connor Stephens provided the offense for the Dolphins with two runs knocked in.
Stetson took game two of the three-game series from Lipscomb on Saturday night. Starting pitching Jack Perkins turned in 5.2 IP of solid ball, striking out nine and allowed just one run. Brooks Wilson supplied the power, as he launched a three-run homer over the right-field wall in the fifth inning to give the Hatters the 5-1 lead. Wilson and Ben Onyshko combined to throw 3.1 innings of no-hit ball out of the pen to secure the victory. The Hatters will go for the sweep on Sunday afternoon. First pitch is scheduled for 10 AM.
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