Baseball ends regular season at UNF starting Thursday
Sophomore Chris Anderson will toe the rubber for JU Thursday.;
Sophomore Chris Anderson will toe the rubber for JU Thursday.;
The JU baseball team will wrap the 2012 season with a short trip across the city for a A-Sun series against rival North Florida starting Thursday at Harmon Stadium.

The first two games of this SunTrust River City Rumble installment will start at 6 p.m. The season finale is set for Saturday at 1 p.m.

The Dolphins (17-36, 6-18) are eliminated for postseason contention but can play spoiler this week as the Ospreys (29-23, 10-14) need to win the series to stay in the hunt for an A-Sun Tournament berth.

“We want to end the season on a high note” JU head coach Terry Alexander said. “Earning a series win against our conference rival will give us an opportunity to build some steam for next season. They still have some postseason aspirations so it will be a challenging series.”

A four-run ninth inning by Lipscomb on May 11 secured a 7-6 come-from-behind win over the Dolphins and end JU’s postseason changes. The Bisons swept the Dolphins in a doubleheader the next day to take the series.

Despite the losses, junior Adam Brett Walker II hit a homer in the first two games to bring his career total to 40, three shy of tying the JU program record. Junior Dan Gulbransen has recorded a hit in the last 10 A-Sun games, including five straight multi-hit contests.

Sophomore Chris Anderson will toe the rubber for JU Thursday and has not allowed a walk in the last 16 innings of work. He has also gone at least six innings in four of his last six starts, including a complete-game win against ETSU on May 4.

The Ospreys enter the weekend two games back of Mercer and Florida Gulf Coast for one of the final spots into the conference tournament. UNF won the opener against the Bears at Macon last weekend, but dropped the final two contests.

Tyler Marincov leads the Ospreys offense in average (.335), triples (3), home runs (9) and RBI (40). Joe Wielbruda has a team-best 66 hits, while Ryan Roberson has hit in 34 runs.

Friday’s probable starter Michael Renner enters the week with a 3-6 mark and a 4.06 ERA in 71.2 innings of work. Kyle Westwood, Saturday’s probable pitcher, is second on the UNF staff in ERA (2.93), wins (5) and strikeouts (67).

The Dolphins own a 28-14 record against the Ospreys dating back to the first meeting in 1988. JU also has an 11-8 advantage against UNF since becoming A-Sun rivals in 2006.The Dolphins have won six of the last 10 meetings, including two victories last season at home.

UNF has won the last two series (2010, 2008) in Harmon Stadium. The Dolphins swept the Ospreys on the road in 2006.

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