ATLANTA, Ga. - After a perfect 4-0 showing on Friday night, ASUN Conference Baseball squads added five victories to the weekend ledger. Three teams including FGCU, Jacksonville and Liberty clinched their respective three-game series as well with each winning at home on Saturday to set up the possibility of weekend sweeps.
ASUN Baseball Results - Saturday, Feb. 23rd
FGCU 10, LIU Brooklyn 1
Jacksonville 5, Jacksonville State 2
Kennesaw State 5, Towson 2
Liberty 8, Delaware 1
North Florida 7, Fordham 4 (7 inn.)
Fordham 8, North Florida 5
Siena 5, Stetson 0
Towson 5, Kennesaw State 2 (10 inn.)
UT Martin 1, North Alabama 0
For the second-straight game, FGCU posted 10 runs vs. LIU Brooklyn to claim a victory at home. Now 4-2 on the season, the Eagle bats continued their hot start to the season with a pair of innings with three or more runs on the afternoon. Falling behind 1-0 in the second, FGCU responded with three runs in the bottom of the third highlighted by a Joe Kinker double that gave the team the lead for good. Adding four more in the sixth and then three more the rest of the way, FGCU allowed the pitching to relax and cruise towards a series victory. Tyler Shuck got the win in the game, pitching one inning in relief of starter Brendon Heiss. Overall, the FGCU 'pen combined for five innings of work, allowing just one hit while striking out eight batters for the Blackbirds. The series wraps up tomorrow as the Eagles look for their first sweep of the season.
Jacksonville claimed its second-straight win to move to 2-3 on the season, winning 5-2 to claim the series vs. Jacksonville State. After a walk-off last night, the bats continued to rake for the Dolphins to the tune of a 4-0 lead after five innings thanks to an RBI single from Duncan Hunter, then an error that allowed Dakota Julylia to push home two more runners. Angel Camacho later scored on a wild pitch to give the Dolphins their fourth run. JSU scored twice in the top of the seventh, but was combated by another JU run in the bottom of the eighth. Trent Palmer gave the Dolphins six no-hit innings to start the game, striking out seven along the way to get the victory. Preseason All-American honoree Chris Mauloni came in to earn the save, striking out two across 1.2 innings of work, allowing one runner to reach.
North Florida split a double header with Fordham on Saturday, picking up a 7-4 win in game two during a seven inning contest. The game started out rough for the Ospreys as Fordham led 4-0 after the top of the first. UNF quickly erased that deficit though, tying the game up in the second inning after a Tanner Murphy infield single sent in the tying run. The UNF pitching shut down the Rams the rest of the way after giving up the four runs in the first, led by Nick Marchese settling down and tossing four innings and allowing just one hit in his final three frames of work. The Ospreys were able to take the lead in the fifth, with Austin Hurwitz driving in the leading run and scoring the insurance tally himself. Wesley Weeks added an RBI double to extend the lead to 7-4, allowing Trace Norkus to lock down the save and the Ospreys' fifth win of the season.
Kennesaw State split a twin-bill of their own on Saturday, taking down visiting Towson 5-2 after dropping the first game by the same score. The Owls struck quickly to take a lead they never let up as Alex Carballo hit his second leadoff home run of the season to make it 1-0. KSU scored again in the second to make it 2-0 after two innings. In the fourth, David Chabut and Tyler Simon each produced plays to score runs with Simon hitting a single up the middle to earn the RBI. Towson cut the deficit in half in the fifth, but was shut out the rest of the way thanks to the work of the Owls' bullpen. Jared Rine earned the save with his four innings of work, securing the victory for starter Ryan Kennedy who now sits at 2-0. The pair combined for 11 K's while surrendering just three hits. The fifth and final run of the game came courtesy of Garrett Hodges stealing home, giving KSU extra insurance to secure its third win of the year.
Liberty claimed a series victory vs. Delaware with a big 8-1 victory at home. The Flames jumped on the board early with a Drew Baughman single sending home two to give the Flames all they needed to claim the victory. Joseph Adametz continued the strong work of Liberty starters in the early part of the season, working in 5.1 innings while allowing just one unearned run. His first collegiate start, the lefty struck out four hitters while walking one and induced 10 ground outs. Garret Price worked the remainder of the game, picking up his first save of the year in 3.2 innings of work. The junior allowed just one hit while striking out a pair. The Flames go for their fourth-straight victory and first sweep of the season with the rubber match against Delaware on Sunday at 1 PM.
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ASUN Conference Baseball Upcoming Schedule - Sunday, Feb. 24th
Lipscomb vs. Western Michigan - 10 AM CT / 1 PM CT (Facebook Live)
Jacksonville vs. Jacksonville State - 12 PM (Facebook Live)
Kennesaw State vs. Towson - 1 PM (Facebook Live)
North Florida vs. Fordham- 1 PM (Facebook Live)
FGCU vs. LIU Brooklyn - 1 PM (Facebook Live)
Liberty vs. Delaware - 1 PM
Stetson vs. Siena - 1:30 PM (Hatter Vision)
North Alabama vs. UT Martin - 12 PM CT / 3:30 PM CT
NJIT at Norfolk State - 2 PM / 5:30 PM