ATLANTA, Ga. - A pivotal weekend in ASUN Conference Baseball action closed out with a pair of sweeps as well as teams getting big wins on rubber match day to inch themselves closer to a spot in the top six of the conference standings. In non-conference action, North Florida picked up a pair of wins vs. in-state foe Florida A&M to reach 25 wins on the season.
ASUN Baseball Results - Sunday, April 28th
FGCU 6, North Alabama 5
Jacksonville 7, Liberty 4"
Lipscomb 3, Stetson 2
NJIT 7, Kennesaw State 6
North Florida 4, Florida A&M 0
North Florida 10, Florida A&M 2
NJIT started the day with avoiding the sweep vs. Kennesaw State. Falling down 2-0 in the top of the first, NJIT rallied to outscore the Owls 7-4 the rest of the way to grab a big 7-6 victory. Lead 6-4 in the eighth, the Highlanders surrendered the lead as KSU tied the game with a pair of runs in the frame. In the bottom half, Justin Etts provided the winning hit with an RBI double to score Nick Hussey and give NJIT the 7-6 advantage. KSU mounted one more try to tie the game in the final inning but the tying run was stranded at third base by reliever Darwin Rodas who picked up the win by going the final 1.1 innings of the game.
Lipscomb completed the sweep of Stetson to move above .500 in conference action, now sitting at 8-7. The Bisons offense was limited but timely, coming up with three runs off three hits in the game. Tevin Symonette's third homer of the weekend provided the go-ahead and winning run in the contest, blasting a solo bomb in the bottom of the fourth inning. Stetson was able to claw back into a one-run affair with a scoring play in the sixth, but Lipscomb's pitching proved to be the highlight of the day with three shutout innings to conclude the game. Lipscomb reliever Robbie Knox earned the save for the third-straight day, giving him eight on the season now.
Jacksonville took the rubber match vs. Liberty on Sunday to win the home series against the Flames who entered the set tied for first in the league standings. With a run in the first that was later matched by Liberty in the top of the third, the Dolphins struck for four runs in the bottom half of the inning to take full advantage of the contest. In that inning, John Cassala had a two-run single for two of his three RBIs on the day while Jacob Southern added a pair of runs on an RBI double. The Flames brought the score within one run in the eighth thanks to the work of Trey McDyre and Ben Highfill who supplied three runs, but JU responded with a pair to pad the lead and close out the victory. Now at 9-9 in the ASUN, Jacksonville has work to do to make the postseason, currently sitting at the seventh spot in the standings.
Thanks to a walk-off RBI single from Corey Clement, FGCU rallied to take down North Alabama 6-5 and gain a two-game advantage for first place in the conference standings. The Lions had a lead for most of the game, later taken over by FGCU who led 4-3 after the fifth, plating a pair of runs each in the fourth and fifth frames. UNA responded with a two-run frame of its own in the seventh behind a Colt Chrestman two-run single that gave the Lions the lead. FGCU tied the game immediately in the bottom half before the scoring stagnated until the final half-inning of the game when Clement supplied the winning hit. At 12-3 in the ASUN now, FGCU has won six-straight conference games with sweeps against UNA and Jacksonville. The Eagles next face defending champion Stetson on the road next weekend in DeLand.
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