JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Mike Cassala, Matt Meyer, Tyler Santana, and Spencer Stockton threw just the second shutout of the season Sunday, leading Jacksonville University (30-21, 14-4 ASUN) to a 4-0 win over USC Upstate (22-29, 5-13 ASUN). The Sunday win gave JU a season sweep of the Spartans as the Dolphins outscored Upstate 20-2 over the series.
"Complete team effort today that started with the guy on the mound," said Head Coach Chris Hayes. "Mike was as good as he's been all year. He really pitched today and was very effective for five innings. Pitch count determined that we had to go get him as he'd reached his limit, but I was very happy to see him to throw the way he did. Matt, Tyler, and Spencer came in and shut the door, and that's been the recipe for success this year."
Cassala went a career-best five innings, striking out four Spartans while allowing just three hits and no walks. Meyer relieved Cassala to start the sixth and surrendered just one walk and no hits in two and two-thirds innings of work, and Santana relieved Meyer for the final out of the eighth inning. Stockton took over to start the ninth and used 17 pitches to shut the door on Upstate. The last combined shutout by the Dolphins pitching staff came on February 18, a shutout of Morehead State in a neutral site game at Jackson, Miss.
The game was scoreless for six and a half innings with neither team advancing a runner past second base, but Upstate's starter Blake Whitney made one costly mistake in the seventh that allowed JU to take a 1-0 lead. With two outs Ruben Someillan singled to left center, and was joined on base by Dakota Julylia after he singled to his Upstate counterpart at short. Nathan Koslowski stepped up the plate 1-for-2 on the day and singled deep into center field on a 1-1 count. The redshirt senior earned his 41st RBI of the year by putting Someillan across. A fielder's choice ended the Dolphin threat, but JU held a 1-0 lead after seven innings.
The bottom of the order again came up big in the eighth inning. Angel Camacho singled through the left side to lead off the inning, and was pinch ran for by Greg Shannahan. The pinch-running pitcher advanced to second on a sac bunt by Alex Seifert, and Evan Fernandez put Shannahan on third with a single through the left side. Shannahan scored his second run of the season on balk by the pitcher that advanced both runners, and a two-out single by Chris Lehane scored Fernandez from second. Lehane reached second on the throw home. An RBI single by Someillan capped the run production for JU. The Dolphins led 4-0 after eight and Stockton earned the Dolphins' ninth strikeout of the day to keep Upstate off the board.
Tweetable Fin Facts
- The 7, 8, and 9-hole hitters were incredibly productive in the Upstate series. The trio of Lehane, Someillan, and Julylia combined for 12 hits in three games, driving in four runs.
- Camacho's on-base streak has now reached 23 games, and the sophomore returned to his hitting ways with two hits Sunday.
- Koslowski had a very active bat, gathering five hits and five RBI.
- Sam Armstrong had two homers in the series and six RBI, and Fernandez had six hits and one RBI.
- Koslowski, Seifert, Casey Kulina, and Seth DeWitt were honored Sunday in their final ASUN home game. Five other Dolphins (Reagan Wright, Nathan Disch, Franco Guardascione, Lehane, and Fernandez) also graduated in April but will return to the team next season as they pursue graduate degrees.