Jacksonville looks to get back on track by hosting a pair of mid-week games this week against UCF and Florida A&M.
Rain put a damper on the Dolphins series against Rutgers last weekend forcing the three game set to a double header on Saturday. With the Dolphins starting pitching having an uncharacteristic off day against the Scarlet Knights, the bullpen showed it was a forced to be reckoned with. In 12 innings pitched the Jacksonville relievers combined to allow just one earned run on nine hits. LHP Josh Baker (5 IP, 5 H, 0 R 4 Ks) & RHP Justin Lawrence (2 IP, 0 H, 0 R) led the charge out of the pen for the Dolphins.
At the plate junior shortstop Angelo Amendolare went 3-for-6 against Rutgers and is hitting .400 with four runs scored and a .538 on-base percentage in three home games this season. Sophomore Nate Ricci meanwhile had two extra base hits in five at bats last week, including a pinch hit home run in the opener against Rutgers.
RHP Alex McRae is slated to get the start on Tuesday for the Dolphins. McRae is looking to bounce back from an off day against Rutgers on Saturday in which he surrendered six runs on seven hits in three innings. Against the Knights last year we allowed two unearned runs on two hits in five innings.
UCF is expected to counter with LHP Vinnie Rosace. A freshman, Rosace has a 5.40 ERA in 1.2 innings pitched over four appearances this season.
RHP Justin Russell will then take the mound on Wednesday as the Dolphins match up against Florida A&M. The Rattlers are in action against Troy on Tuesday before heading over to the First Coast.
Tuesday’s game can be seen online on ASun.TV.
UCF holds a slight 31-30 lead in the series after the two teams splits four games last year with each team winning one game on the road. The teams split the two meetings at Sessions Stadium and Jacksonville claimed a 7-5 win in Orlando.
Against Florida A&M, the Dolphins have dominated winning 19 straight dating back to 2003 and owning a 58-3 all-time series lead.
Next Up For Jacksonville
The Dolphins welcome Winthrop to John Sessions Stadium for a three game series starting on Friday.