Penultimate Weekend of @ASUNBSB Action Set to Begin Building Championship Field

Penultimate Weekend of @ASUNBSB Action Set to Begin Building Championship Field

 

ATLANTA, GA. - With two weekends left in the regular season, ASUN Conference Baseball action is heating up with the field wide open for the conference Championship in DeLand starting on May 22nd. After the upcoming slate of three-game sets, the conference standings look to take another shake while a few teams can clinch spots in postseason play.

Throughout conference and non-conference action this year, you can catch ASUN Conference Baseball online through Facebook Live, Hatter Vision and the ESPN family of networks. Be sure to check each team's listings to find the latest information on online streaming.

ASUN Baseball Weekend Schedule

Friday, May 10th
North Alabama at Arkansas-Pine Bluff - 12 PM / 3 PM CT
NJIT vs. FGCU - 3 PM ET (Highlander Network)
North Florida vs. Kennesaw State - 6 PM ET (ESPN+)
Liberty vs. Lipscomb - 6 PM ET
Jacksonville vs. Stetson - 7 PM ET (ESPN+)

Saturday, May 11th
NJIT vs. FGCU - 11 AM ET (Highlander Network)
North Florida vs. Kennesaw State - 2 PM ET (ESPN+)
NJIT vs. FGCU - 2:30 PM ET (Highlander Network)
North Alabama at Arkansas-Pine Bluff - 2 PM CT
Liberty vs. Lipscomb - 6 PM ET
Jacksonville vs. Stetson - 7 PM ET (ESPN+)

Sunday, May 12th
North Florida vs. Kennesaw State - 1 PM ET (ESPN+)
Jacksonville vs. Stetson - 1 PM ET (ESPN+)
Liberty vs. Lipscomb - 1 PM ET (ESPN+)

Team-by-Team Breakdown

FGCU Eagles (30-17; 12-5)
Twitter: @FGCU_Baseball
- The Eagles maintain a half-game lead for first place in the ASUN due to one contest vs. Stetson being canceled last weekend. The Eagles have two conference series left vs. NJIT and Liberty
- Freshman Joe Kinker's 34 RBIs this season are the most among all freshmen in the ASUN. The outfielder is 10 RBIs ahead of Brett Helmkamp of NJIT, the closest freshman in the rankings
- FGCU can clinch a spot in the ASUN Championship as early as Friday night with a win, paired with a loss by Kennesaw State. The Eagles would be the first team to clinch a spot in the Championship 

Jacksonville Dolphins (26-23; 9-9)
Twitter: @JUBaseball
- Jacksonville faces off with Stetson in a fight for fifth place in the ASUN standings. Heading into the weekend, the Dolphins are a half-game behind the Hatters while holding a one game lead over Kennesaw State for the sixth spot
- The Dolphins split a double header on Tuesday with Florida State, picking up a comeback 3-2 win in the night cap. With that victory, JU took the season series vs. FSU for the first time since 2016
- Angel Camacho is one of only two players to hit at least 10 home runs this season in the ASUN, joined by Jake Franklin of Kennesaw State. The 10 homers for Camacho mark a career-high for the senior

Kennesaw State Owls (23-26; 8-10)
Twitter: @KSUOwlsBaseball
- The Owls travel down to North Florida to face the Ospreys in a pivotal series between two teams separated by one-and-a-half games between seventh and fourth place in the conference standings
- Holding the top offense in the ASUN, Kennesaw State ranks first in the team leader boards in average (.286), home runs (42) and slugging percentage (.421)
- Jake Franklin won Player of the Week honors after hitting three home runs and driving in eight runs vs. Liberty in a double header last Sunday. Franklin was the first KSU player to win the honor this season

Liberty Flames (33-15; 12-6)
Twitter: @libertybaseball
- Liberty hosts Lipscomb in a matchup between teams placed in second and third in the ASUN standings. The Flames and Bisons have never met prior to this weekend's three-game set
- The Flames return home after a nine-game road swing in which the team went 4-5. Liberty ended its longest road trip of the season with a dominant win at Duke, the team's sixth win vs. an ACC team this year
- After hitting four home runs in his first 37 games of the year, Jonathan Embry has seen a power surge at the plate by hitting five in his last 11 contests. Embry ranks third in the ASUN with nine home runs this season

Lipscomb Bisons (26-21; 10-8)
Twitter: @BisonBaseball
- The Bisons sit in third place in the ASUN after a series win vs. North Florida. Lipscomb travels to face Liberty in a matchup of teams in second and third place heading into the weekend with the Flames up by two games
- Chris Kachmar and Joshua Colon each pitched complete game shutouts vs. North Florida last weekend in 1-0 wins. For his work to open the series, Kachmar was named ASUN Pitcher of the Week for the first time
- Lipscomb's 120 extra-base hits this season rank third among ASUN teams this season, trailing FGCU (124) & Kennesaw State (129). Part of the Bisons' total includes a league-leading 14 triples

NJIT Highlanders (16-25-1; 6-15)
Twitter: @NJTechBaseball
- The Highlanders conclude their regular season schedule by hosting FGCU for a three-game set. NJIT enters the series three wins shy of matching their total in conference play from last season
- Freshman infielder Brett Helmkamp leads all ASUN freshmen with a .329 batting average that ranks fourth among all players. He hit his first homer of the season on Tuesday vs. Saint Peter's
- As a team, NJIT has hit 34 home runs this season which more than doubles the team's total of 14 last year. The 34 marks the most in one season for the program since hitting 34 in the 2007 campaign

North Alabama Lions (15-33; 7-13)
Twitter: @UNABaseball
- UNA takes a break from weekend ASUN play with a three-game series vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff. This set comes in the midst of an eight-game road swing to end the regular season
- The Lions are on pace to steal 94 bases this season as they currently lead the ASUN with 82 through 48 games. This mark would best Stetson's league high of 93 last season
- After slugging just eight home runs in non-conference games this season, the Lions have hit 10 in ASUN action thus far. Kevin Brenning leads the team with three in ASUN games

North Florida Ospreys (28-20; 9-8)
Twitter: @OspreyBSB
- The Ospreys host Kennesaw State over this coming weekend with the two teams separated by 1.5 games in the standings. UNF took down KSU in the opening round of the ASUN Championship last year 
- Junior Tanner Murphy broke two single-game records for UNF in the team's win vs. FAMU. Murphy drew five walks at the plate and then stole four bases to break the D-I program record
- As a team, UNF has hit 86 doubles this season to pace the ASUN. Of those 86 two-baggers, 33 have come in conference play which ranks second behind only upcoming foe Kennesaw State

Stetson Hatters (21-26; 9-8)
Twitter: @StetsonBaseball
- Stetson enters a big weekend in conference play by hosting Jacksonville. Programs that both made the NCAA Tournament last season, the teams are separated by a half-game in the standings for fifth place
- The Hatters made history on Wednesday, no-hitting Florida State at home. Robbie Peto, Daniel Paret and Vlad Nunez combined in the effort, lifting Stetson to a 1-0 win vs. the in-state rival
- Paret leads all ASUN freshmen with 80 strikeouts on the mound this year. Fourth in the ASUN overall, Paret has racked up his gaudy totals in just 70.2 innings pitched thus far