MONDAY, APRIL 16, 2007
This Week in Jacksonville University Athletics

April 16, 2007


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In this week's edition, we look back at the awesome performance by the JU rowing teams, while previewing the important week ahead for all the spring squads.



The Dolphins broke the curse of not winning at Varsity Field in Boiling Springs, N.C. after taking two out of three games from Gardner-Webb last weekend.

Donnie Vickers hit a two-run home run to help JU down Gardner-Webb, 2-1, on April 13. In the first game of their doubleheader on Saturday, Matt Lopez went 2-for-3 with triple, home run and three RBI to lead the Dolphins to a 5-4 victory.

Junior Matt Davis recorded saves in each of the first two games to help JU nail down the wins.

Senior first baseman Ryan McArdle finished 3-for-5 with a double, a home run and five RBI in the second game of the doublejead but the Dolphins could not hold on to a late lead as they fell to Gardner-Webb, 14-11.

This week, the Dolphins host Atlantic Sun Conference leader and No. 18 ranked Stetson for a three-game series beginning Friday at Alexander Brest Field. First pitch on Friday at 6:30 p.m., while Saturday and Sunday's games will start at 1 p.m. All three games came be heard live WZNZ ESPN 1460.


The Dolphins used an eight-run fourth inning rally to down Gardner-Webb, 10-2, in game two of an A-Sun doubleheader to wrap up their week.

Junior Jillian Mirante paced the Dolphins at the plate by going 10-for-16 (.625) with four RBI, while Katie Buell earned the win against Gardner-Webb after allowing two runs (one earned) on seven hits in five innings of work. Junior Pat Melo also added her second home run of the season in game one against Gardner-Webb.

Earlier in the week, UCF used three sacrifice flies to down the Dolphins, 4-2, on April 10. JU were later swept in a 36-run, 50-hit doubleheader slugfest on April 13 at the JU Softball Complex.

This week, the Dolphins travel to face Florida State in their final non-conference doubleheader on Tuesday at 4 p.m. JU will then travel to the state of Georgia for two key A-Sun doubleheaders over the weekend. They open against Kennesaw at 3 p.m. on Friday and finish in Macon on Saturday against Mercer at 3 p.m.

Men's and Women's Rowing

The phrase "uncharted territory" is being used to describe the next phase of the JU rowing program with the completion of a state-of-the art facility in the 50th anniversary of the program but the phrase can also be used in the squad's performance on the water at the Florida Intercollegiate Rowing Association State Championships on April 13 and April 14 on the Tampa Bypass Canal.

The Dolphins had never won an overall point trophy in the program's history of competing at the state regatta but JU left Tampa with nine state championships, a team overall point trophy, a men's overall point trophy and a women's overall point trophy. On top of that, JU had a total of 17 boats competing and came away with nine gold medals, six silver medals and a bronze.

JU came away with the overall point trophy with a mark of 218, while Florida Tech (124), UCF (54.5), Florida (46), Stetson (38.5), Rollins (37.75), Nova Southeastern (30), Tampa (29.5), Florida State (15), Embry Riddle (4.5) and Berry (3) rounded out the rest of the field.

The Dolphin men's took home the point trophy with a total of 150, ahead of Florida Tech (112), UCF (54.5), Rollins (22), Florida (18.5), Stetson (17.5), Embry Riddle (4.5) and Florida State (1.5).

The Dolphin women took the point trophy with a 68 tally, ahead of Nova Southeastern (30), Tampa (29.5), Florida (27.5), Stetson (21), Rollins (15.75), Florida State (13.5), Florida Tech (12) and Berry (3).

The Dolphins will next compete in the SIRA Championships beginning on Saturday in Oak Ridge, Tenn.

Women's Golf

The women's golf team battled through wind and rain to finish fifth at the 2007 A-Sun Championship on the par-72 Keith Hills Country Club in Buies Creek, N.C. on April 11.

The Dolphins final round of 321 was led by Heather Fudge and Camilla Loeveid. Loeveid carded a seven-over par 79 and Fudge posted a five-over par 77 on a day when the course played two strokes higher than the first two rounds.

Other Important Events:

- The men's golf team will be in search of their second consecutive conference tournamen as they compete in the three-day A-Sun Championship at the Sanctuary Cove Golf Club in Brunswick, Ga. starting Monday.

- The No. 1 seeded women's tennis team hosts No. 8 seed Lipscomb on Friday at 11:30 a.m. in the first round of the A-Sun Championships in Johnson City, Tenn.

- The No. 5 seeded men's tennis team plays No. 4 seed Gardner-Webb on Friday at 11 a.m. in the first round of the A-Sun Championships in Johnson City, Tenn.

- After a week of from competing, the track and field team is back in action on Saturday at the LSU Alumni Gold in Baton Rouge, La.