THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 01, 2007
Baseball hosts Bethune-Cookman for three-game series beginning Friday
Feb. 1, 2007
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - After beginning the season with a win, the defending Atlantic Sun Champion JU baseball team will host fellow 2006 NCAA Regional participant Bethune-Cookman for a three-game series at Alexander Brest Field starting on Friday at 4 p.m.
"This is an early meeting between two NCAA Tournament teams from last season," said JU head coach Terry Alexander. "Bethune-Cookman always has an outstanding club and we should get tested early. This will be an exciting series."
On Friday, senior right-hander D.J. Ackley will get the start for the Dolphins (1-0) against Wildcats' (0-0) senior left-hander Francisco Rodriguez. JU junior transfer Matt Gardner is slated to face Dustin Blackwell on Saturday at 1 p.m., while junior Matt Dobbins will be on the hill in game three for the Dolphins on Sunday at 1 p.m., against sophomore Hiram Burgos.
In the season opener on Jan. 30, senior first baseman Ryan McArdle went 2-for-4 with a three-run double while senior reliever Justin Young notched his first save of the season to lead the Dolphins to a 6-3 win over Florida A&M at Moore-Kittle Field in Tallahassee, Fla.
Gardner earned the win in his Dolphin debut after hurling 1-1/3 innings of hitless relief. Young notched his first save after striking out two batters in a perfect ninth inning. Ackley also hurled two scoreless innings of relief.