JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jacksonville University (24-16, 9-1 ASUN) stretched its total win streak to 12 games and its ASUN Conference win streak to nine games Friday with a 4-3 victory at Kennesaw State (17-21, 6-4 ASUN). The last time the Dolphins won 12 in a row was 1991.
Michael Baumann and Kennesaw State's Tony Dibrell went toe-to-toe for seven innings in a performance worthy of the over 20 scouts the two righties drew to Stillwell Baseball Stadium. Baumann allowed three earned runs while striking out seven and walking just two, and Dibrell had three earned runs while striking out five and walking six. After seven the two teams were tied 3-3.
Chris Gau finished the day 2-for-4 with a solo homer in the second that gave JU a 1-0 lead and a second run scored after Mike Cassala doubled him home in the fourth. Ruben Someillan had two RBIs on the day; a grounder to short that plated Cassala in the fourth and a single up the middle in the eighth that scored Greg Shannahan for the winning run.
Despite getting seven hits in the game, most of Kennesaw's offense came from solo homers by Austin Upshaw. The first baseman was 3-for-3 when he appeared at the plate in the bottom of the eighth inning with a runner on third and two outs. Matt Meyer relieved winning pitcher Shane Wise (one hit, no runs, one strikeout), and got Upshaw to fly out to center on his first pitch. After eight JU led 4-3.
Nathan Koslowski got his conference-leading 16th double in the top of the ninth, but was stranded on third on consecutive grounders that just beat Angel Camacho and Alex Seifert to first base. Meyer struck out two in a 1-2-3 bottom of the ninth to save JU's 4-3 win over Kennesaw.
Due to inclement weather in the forecast for Sunday, JU will play a doubleheader Saturday to wrap the series against Kennesaw State. First pitch for Game 1 of the doubleheader is still scheduled for 2 p.m. with Casey Kulina on the mound.
Tweetable Fin Facts
- Camacho stretched his hitting streak to 12 games with a two-out double in the seventh.
- Baumann put some more distance on the all-time career strikeout record for JU. His seven on Friday give him 225 in three years in a Dolphin uniform.
- The Dolphins have won 12 or more games in a row only six times before Friday's win. In three of those six years JU went on to appear in the NCAA tournament.