DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Jacksonville University baseball jumped on Bethune-Cookman early, to the tune of 10 runs through the first two innings, and picked up its first mid-week win of the season in a 13-8 victory Tuesday night at Radiology Associates Field at Jackie Robinson Ballpark.
"It was a total team effort tonight," said Head Coach Chris Hayes. "Not everybody was on today, but the guys that were on were really special."
Ruben Someillan started the first with a single, went to third on a ground-rule double off the bat of Sam Armstrong and scored on an RBI groundout by Scott Dubrule. After Chris Gau and Evan Fernandez were hit by back-to-back pitches, Chris Lehane drove them both in with a single, then came in to score himself on a Jacob Southern base hit. It was 4-0 before BCU got a chance to hit.
"Offense showed up and gave us the lead and we got a chance to get a lot of guys in the game," said Hayes.
After the Wildcats got two back in the bottom half, JU exploded for six more at the top of the second. All nine in the order came to the plate, and four consecutive singles chased the Wildcats starter Alexis Herrera. Three straight at-bats drove in runs off the new pitcher, highlighted by a 2-RBI double for Lehane and a two-run bomb for Southern, his second of the year.
Again, BCU got two back in the bottom half, but JU led 10-4 after two innings. One more for the Wildcats in the third chased Jacksonville starter Nathan Disch and brought BCU within five, but he got his first win of the year anyway as the comeback was thwarted by strong relief pitching from the Dolphins.
BCU put together a comeback in the ninth, plating three runs off freshman Trent Palmer, but his teammate Chris Mauloni got the last two outs to strand the bases loaded and earn his second save of the year.
"I thought those four guys were huge for us out of the pen tonight," said Hayes. "Can't say enough about Mauloni, sitting around for three hours and then coming in an closing it out."
JU tacked on three more runs, all off the bat of Fernandez. The redshirt-junior clubbed his first two home runs of the season, a solo bomb in the fourth and a two-run shot in the sixth.
It was Jacksonville's third win already against an NCAA Regional participant from last year already this season.
Jacksonville stays on the road, traveling up to Atlanta for its first out-of-town weekend series, with three games vs. Georgia State starting at 4 p.m. on Friday.