JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Casey Kulina pitched the first complete game of his career in his final game at John Sessions Stadium and Jacksonville University (29-21, 13-4 ASUN) scored eight for the second time in as many games. The Dolphins defeated USC Upstate (22-28, 5-12 ASUN) 8-1 to win the seasons series against the Spartans.
"Tonight was all about Casey," said Head Coach Chris Hayes. "He didn't have the outing last week that he was looking for, and for him to come back and do what he did tonight is vintage Casey. He competes and battles as he attacks the zone. He did a great job keeping them off balance. We felt comfortable putting him back in for the ninth thanks to his conditioning. He earned the opportunity to go back out there."
The Spartans scored a single run in the game on two hits in the sixth inning. Kulina struck out four while allowing just six hits and surrendering two walks.
JU went to work quickly, scoring in the first inning. Nathan Koslowski led off the first with a single through the left side. He expired on a fielder's choice from Scott Dubrule, but Dubrule made it to second on a grounder from Angel Camacho. An RBI single from Sam Armstrong put Dubrule home safely, and JU led 1-0 after one inning.
The Dolphins struck again in the fourth inning when Evan Fernandez hit a solo shot over the left field fence, and two batters later Dakota Julylia singled up the middle. Koslowski drove Julylia home on an RBI-double. After four innings JU led 3-0.
Camacho drew a lead-off, four-pitch walk in the fifth, stretching his on-base streak to 22 games. The sophomore was driven home by Sam Armstrong, who hit his seventh homer of the year. After five JU led 5-0.
Upstate scored one in the sixth, but neither team put any across in the seventh. Fernandez led off the eighth with a single up the middle, and he was joined on base by Chris Lehane on a bunt single. Ruben Someillan sac bunted Lehane to second and Fernandez to third, and though Fernandez was thrown out at home on a fielder's choice from Dakota Julylia, both Lehane and Julylia were driven home on a double from Koslowski. Dubrule singled to second in the next at-bat, scoring Koslowski. After eight innings JU led 8-1, and Kulina used 13 pitches in the ninth to get the complete game win.