Sunday Rubber Matches Decide @ASUNBSB Weekend Series

Sunday Rubber Matches Decide @ASUNBSB Weekend Series

ATLANTA, Ga. - Rubber matches were the theme of the day to end the weekend for ASUN Conference Baseball and three series were decided on Sunday afternoon to play a pivotal part as the halfway point of conference play draws closer. Kennesaw State was in action as well, falling in a non-conference clash vs. UNC Wilmington.

ASUN Baseball Results - Sunday, April 7th
FGCU 6, Lipscomb 2
Liberty 8, North Alabama 5
North Florida 10, Jacksonville 3
Stetson 1, NJIT 0 - GM 1
NJIT 3, Stetson 1 - GM 2
UNC Wilmington 12, Kennesaw State 4

Stetson opened the day with a 1-0 barn burner vs. NJIT in game one of a doubleheader, securing its only run of the day on a Jorge Arenas home run. Daniel Paret was the real star of the contest though as the Hatters starter went eight strong innings without allowing a run and striking out 12. Those numbers established career-highs for the freshman to give Stetson a 2-0 advantage in the series. With the win, Stetson improved to 4-1 in conference play prior to the start of the second game in the doubleheader.

NJIT was able to claim the closing contest of the three-game set with a 3-1 win in eight innings. A 1-1 ballgame after three innings, the scoring remained stagnant until the Highlanders broke through for a pair in the top of the eighth. Nick Hussey and Brett Helmkamp were the suppliers of those runs, giving NJIT a lead and some insurance. NJIT starter Sean Lubreski threw the complete game in eight innings, limiting the Hatters to six hits while striking out two and navigating efficiently with runners on base. 

FGCU finished off the three-game sweep of Lipscomb with a 6-2 home victory on Sunday afternoon. Unlike the last two contests, FGCU got the scoring early with a Jay Hayes double to bring in the first run of the game, sparking a three-run first inning in which the Eagles never looked back from. From there, the Eagles added on to the scoreboard with an RBI single from Alex Brait and then a two-run homer from Alex Gonnella that scored Keith Stevens as well. Now 4-2 in the ASUN, FGCU faces Kennesaw State next weekend looking to build a lengthy winning streak in the heart of conference action.

Liberty claimed its third-straight series win in conference action with an 8-5 victory vs. North Alabama in the rubber match of a three-game set. The Flames were limited offensively on Saturday, but turned the heat back up with six runs in the opening three innings to lead 6-0. The Flames combined for four homers on the day with Jonathan Embry scorching a lead-off shot in the first, Logan Mathieu adding one and shortstop Cam Locklear connecting on a pair. The Flames maintain first place in the ASUN standings and continue conference play with a three-game set vs. reigning champions Stetson next weekend at home.

North Florida took game three of the River City Rumble to claim a 2-1 series win behind an 11-3 victory on Sunday. The Ospreys jumped out front early, leading 2-0 after the first before JU quickly tied it up with two runs of their own in the second. The Dolphins took an eventual 3-2 lead, but the Ospreys stopped their arch-rivals there, outscoring the crosstown visitors 9-0 the rest of the way to get the win. David Maberry and Wesley Weeks each collected three RBIs in the game while Tanner Clark added a pair of his own. The first series victory vs. Jacksonville since 2015, UNF now sits at 4-5 in league action and returns to the field next weekend to face NJIT at home.

ASUN Conference Baseball Standings
Team ASUN Record Overall Record
Liberty 7-2 24-7
FGCU 4-2 22-9
Stetson 4-2 14-17
Jacksonville 6-3 20-12
Kennesaw State 3-3 16-17
North Florida 4-5 18-16
Lipscomb 3-6 15-15
NJIT 3-6 10-15-1
North Alabama 2-7 7-24