MONDAY, APRIL 07, 2008
Dolphins to face cross-town rival UNF on Tuesday
April 7, 2008
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Dolphins take on their cross-town rival North Florida on Tuesday at the UNF Softball Complex in a doubleheader beginning at 6 p.m.
The Dolphins opened last week with an 8-3, win over Bethune-Cookman, before being swept by USC Upstate and splitting a series with Gardner-Webb.
Scouting the Lady Ospreys
North Florida's head coach Sonya Wilmoth enters her 12 season in charge of the Lady Ospreys and has her team off to a 31-20 start using two main ingredients - power and pitching.
The Lady Ospreys, led by A-Sun preseason player of the year senior second baseman Gwen Williams, have out homered their opponents 42-14.
Williams leads the team with 12, but is closely followed by third baseman Heather Hyde (10) and shortstop Ashley Parenteau (8).
Sophomore pitcher Devyn Findley, last seasons "Freshman of the Year", is 17-10 with a 1.37 ERA, while recording 194 strikeouts in 184 innings. Tori Ahern (13-8) has 83 strikeouts of her own.
SunTrust River City Rumble
The SunTrust River City Rumble is a season-long series between Jacksonville's two Division I institutions - Jacksonville University and the University of North Florida that was founded in fall 2005.
It was officially named and announced on Jan. 23, 2006, at a press conference on the UNF campus.
Jacksonville University and the University of North Florida battle annually for the "SunTrust Old Wooden Barrel," which is awarded to the school with the most victories over the other during a school year.
The "SunTrust Old Wooden Barrel" will be housed in the winning school's athletic department until the conclusion of the final event of the following year.
How The SunTrust River City Rumble Works... Jacksonville and North Florida both field teams in 12 sports (men's and women's soccer, volleyball, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's basketball, baseball, softball, men's and women's tennis and men's golf).
Each time the Dolphins and Ospreys face each other, the game will count toward the River City Rumble standings. The exception is individual sports (i.e. cross country and golf) where the team that finishes higher at the Atlantic Sun Conference Championship will earn one win for its school.
For the 2005-06 school year, the teams are tentatively scheduled to face each other 18 times. To claim the "SunTrust Old Wooden Barrel," one of the schools would have to win 10 events.
Here's the breakdown of the number of competitions between the two schools during the 2005-06 school year:
3 - baseball 2 - softball, volleyball, men's and women's basketball 1 - men's and women's soccer, men's and women's cross country, men's golf, men's and women's tennis, women's indoor track and field, women's outdoor track and field
The school with most wins will receive the "SunTrust Old Wooden Barrel" at the end of the year. In the event of a tie this year, the "SunTrust Old Wooden Barrel" will go to the school that has a higher finish in the Atlantic Sun Conference all-sports standings. In ensuing years, any tie in the standings will keep the trophy at the previous year's winner.
With the game tied 3-3, in extra innings, sophomore third baseman Beth Glasscock hit a two-run walk-off home run to clinch the game for the Dolphins over Gardner-Webb on April 5. Glasscock's blast over the left field wall was her first of the season and could not have come at a more crucial time for the Dolphins. Sophomore second baseman Kelly McKeon, who singled earlier in the inning, scored on the play.
The last time the Dolphins had a walk-off home run was on March 11, 2006, when Glasscock hit a two-run shot against Fordham to seal a 4-2 victory.
The Dolphins are ranked 155 out of 283 teams in the nation in the recent RPI poll announced by the Nolan Report.
The Dolphins ranks 130th in difficulty of schedule so far, with that number sure to improve in the coming weeks as they take on Florida, who has the No. 1 RPI in the country.
The Dolphins have risen 79 spots from their final 2007 ranking of 224th.