Jacksonville, KSU Complete Series Sweeps; Two Others Take Rubber Matches

Jacksonville, KSU Complete Series Sweeps; Two Others Take Rubber Matches

ATLANTA, Ga. - Jacksonville and Kennesaw State each completed series sweeps at home on Sunday to start ASUN Conference Baseball league play while two others took rubber matches and now stand at 2-1. Stetson was in action as well with a 7-5 victory in extra innings at Texas Tech.

ASUN Baseball Results - Sunday, Mar. 24th
Jacksonville 3, Lipscomb 2
Kennesaw State 8, North Alabama 3
Liberty 8, NJIT 1
North Florida 14, FGCU 8
Stetson 7, Texas Tech 5 (10 inn.)

Jacksonvile completed the weekend sweep of Lipscomb on Sunday, as the took game three of the series by a score of 3-2. AJ Jones tosses a gem for the Dolphins, as he went 8.2 innings, while allowing two runs, no earned runs, one walk to go with 10 strikeouts. Rueben Someillan and Cory Garrastazu provided just enough offense for Jacksonville, as they each drove in a run. JU now sits with a 15-9 record and a 3-0 record in ASUN play. They'll be back in action on Tuesday when they pay a visit to Florida A&M. 

Liberty took the rubber game of the series from NJIT on Sunday afternoon in Lynchburg. The Flames enjoyed a balanced attack of strong offense and excellent pitching. Tyler Galazin and Brandon Rohrer both knocked in a pair of runs. Galazin started the scoring in the third inning, as he ripped an RBI double to drive in Jonathan Embry. Two batter later, Rohrer drove in Galazin to make it 3-0 Flames. Joseph Adametz turned in a solid start for Liberty, as he went 6.2 innings, allowing just one earned run, one walk and striking out five. Evan Brabrand came on for the final 2.1 innings and allowed no runs and just two hits to slam the door. The Flames are back in action on Tuesday against Virginia Tech. 

Behind every member of the lineup getting a hit on the day, Kennesaw State joined Jacksonville with opening series sweeps in conference action, dispatching UNA by a final of 8-3. Three runs in the first inning were all the Owls needed on the day as a two-out rally brought home the trio of runners from the bats of Justin Russell, Garrett Hodges and Tyler Simon. From there, Brooks Buckler went five innings giving up just one run to earn the W and the KSU bullpen finished the game with Jared Staples throwing the final 2.1 innings. Terence Norman was the best bat on the day, collecting three hits and a pair of RBIs to raise his season average to .329. The Owls start 3-0 in ASUN play for the first time since 2011 and will resume their hot start next weekend with a road trip to Nashville to take on Lipscomb.

Tanner Murphy's three-run jack in the bottom of the eighth was enough to outlast Elijah Eusebio's two home runs for FGCU as North Florida took the rubber match in the opening three-game set, 14-8. At over four hours of game time, UNF saw its 7-3 lead in the late innings evaporate quickly on a Eusebio grand slam with two outs and a full count in the eighth, giving FGCU an 8-7 lead. But the Ospreys quickly answered with a seven-run frame to take the lead at 14-8 and improve to 2-1 in the ASUN standings. Blake Marabell was big for the home team as well, collecting four hits and falling a triple shy of the cycle. The Ospreys head to Orlando for midweek action on Wednesday while FGCU looks to rebound with FIU coming to Fort Myers on Tuesday night.

Jumping out to an early 3-0 lead in the first, Stetson survived a comeback from Texas Tech that sent the game into extra innings with two runs in the top of the tenth to grab a big road win vs. the Big 12 foe. Jorge Arenas was the creator for the go-ahead run, singling home Jacob Koos to make it 6-5 and then Austin Dilbert came around on a wild pitch. With the win, Stetson improves to 2-2 on the road with a chance to go over .500 with the series ender tomorrow afternoon vs. the Red Raiders.

ASUN Baseball Upcoming Schedule

Monday, March 25th
Stetson at Texas Tech - 2 PM 

Tuesday, March 26th
NJIT at Seton Hall - 3:30 PM
Liberty at Virginia Tech - 4 PM (ACCN Extra)
Jacksonville at Florida A&M - 5 PM
FGCU vs. FIU - 6:30 PM (Facebook Live)

ASUN Conference Baseball Standings
Team ASUN Record Overall Record
Jacksonville 3-0 15-9
Kennesaw State 3-0 15-10
Liberty 2-1 17-6
North Florida 2-1 16-10
FGCU 1-2 14-8
NJIT 1-2 8-9-1
Stetson 0-0 9-13
Lipscomb 0-3 11-11
North Alabama 0-3 3-19