THURSDAY, MAY 10, 2012
Baseball travels to Nashville to play Lipscomb Friday
A resurging JU baseball team looks to build on its recent success starting Friday with a three-game A-Sun series at Lipscomb in Nashville, Tenn.
The Dolphins (17-33, 6-15 A-Sun) start game one at 7 p.m. ET. Saturday’s first pitch is set for 3 p.m. ET, while the finale will take place Sunday on Mother’s Day at 2 p.m. ET.
“We have been playing some good baseball,” JU head coach Terry Alexander said. “The breaks are starting to finally go our way and the guys are building some momentum. Lipscomb has been tough in A-Sun play this season, but I look forward to what we can do again them.”
On May 8, the Dolphins secured a 4-3 win against in-state rival at Jackie Robinson Ballpark. Freshman Alex McRae recorded a two-out, two-run single to give JU the go-ahead lead, while senior Sean Green held off a late Wildcat rally in the ninth inning for this third save of 2012. Junior Wes Torrez struck out four batters and allowed a run on five hits in six innings to get his first win.
The Dolphins begin the weekend looking for their second straight A-Sun series win. JU got good outings from McRae and sophomore Chris Anderson to win two of three against ETSU last weekend at John Sessions Stadium.
The Bisons (22-26, 11-10) dropped a 3-1 decision to Austin Peay Tuesday in Clarksville, Tenn. Lipscomb is clinging to one of the final A-Sun Tournament spots after dropping the two of the last three conference series. The Bisons won two of three against Florida Gulf Coast last weekend in Nashville.
Zak Messer leads the Lipscomb offense in hits (57), runs scored (36), doubles (13), home runs (10) and RBI (37). Ricky Coleman and Shawn Mehring each had a team-best .321 average, while Zach Lowery has 36 RBI to go along with four triples.
The Bisons pitcher staff is led by Conner Sinclair who has a 6-3 record with a 2.77 ERA and 63 strikeouts in 78 innings. Josh Cotham is 4-4 with a 2.63 ERA in 65 innings and Gil Rehwinkel has five wins in 21 relief appearances.
In the all-time series, the Dolphins own a 17-7 record against the Bisons dating back to 2004. Lipscomb won the final two games of the series in Jacksonville last season. JU and Lipscomb split a doubleheader in Nashville in 2010. The Dolphins won second contest, 22-6.
Fans can follow the action through the live links at JUDolphins.com.