JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Continuing a four-game non-conference home stand, the Jacksonville University baseball team faces off against the University of Rhode Island for a three-game weekend series at John Sessions Stadium. The Dolphins (4-4) battle the Rams (2-5) on Friday and Saturday evening at 6:00 p.m., finishing the weekend with a Sunday matinee at 1:00 p.m.
Fridays are dollar days at John Sessions Stadium all season long! Come out to the ballpark and receive $1 admission and concession specials. Saturday's contest is Beach Day in the River City, with the first 200 attendees receiving JU baseball sunglasses. Fans can enjoy a $4 meal deal every Saturday at the ballpark (hot dog & beer), while all veterans and active military get 10 percent off all concessions purchases. Sundays are Kids Days during the 2018 campaign. All children under get in free of charge, and can enjoy a free hot dog and ice cream, baseball bingo, and more!
JU vs Rhode Island: 1-0
JU vs Rhode Island at JU: 1-0
- Jacksonville triumphed in the lone meeting between the two, a 7-2 decision on March 15, 1993.
Probable Starting Pitchers:
Friday: RHP Chris Gau (0-2, 7.36 ERA) vs. LHP Tyler Wilson (0-1, 6.00 ERA)
Saturday: RHP Tyler Santana (1-1, 3.00 ERA) vs. RHP Matt Murphy (0-0, 0.69 ERA)
Sunday: RHP Mike Cassala (1-0, 0.75) vs. RHP Vitaly Jangols (1-1, 2.92 ERA)
The Dolphins returned home for a mid-week tilt Tuesday evening, dropping a contest to #3/4 Florida State, 4-0. Despite being subject to the strikeout, six combined JU pitchers fired 13 of their own, the most in a game on the season thus-far. Sophomore Ruben Someillan led the team offensively, landing a pair of hits in four at-bats.
- Four JU pitchers recorded career-highs in strikeouts last week. First, it was freshman RHP Austin Temple, who fanned six in 2.1 innings of relief on Tuesday at Bethune-Cookman. Then on Saturday, Cassala threw six innings in a start at Georgia State, striking out eight, before he was relieved by freshman RHP Chris Mauloni, who earned his first career win in 2.1 of scoreless relief and K'd four. Rookie Trent Palmer joined the K party Tuesday evening, striking out five batters in three innings of relief.
- Mauloni still has a perfect 0.00 ERA after his third appearance of the season Saturday night. He has now thrown 5.2 scoreless innings in relief, and has registered two saves and a win.
- Senior pitchers Spencer Stockton and Matt Meyer both made their season debuts last weekend. RHP Stockton struck out two and allowed just one hit in two scoreless innings of relief on Friday, while LHP Meyer allowed two runs on one hit in one inning Saturday.
- 1B Angel Camacho finished last week with four RBI, including his first game-winning run batted in, which came in the top of the ninth on Saturday at Georgia State. A pop-up in the infield deflected off the second base bag into shallow left, scoring Chris Lehane for what ended resulted in the game-winning score.
- JU has used seven different batting orders through the first eight games of the season, keeping the first four batters the same in each contest.
- Rhode Island is one of three schools from the A-10 Conference that JU will face off against this season, with Richmond traveling to the River City for a mid-week tilt on March 13, and the Dolphins traveling north to meet Saint Louis for a weekend series in April.
Scouting Rhode Island
- Rhode Island travels to Jacksonville in the midst of an 18 game road trip to begin the 2017-18 season. The Rams opened their campaign by dropping a weekend series with #9 Texas A&M, before spitting a four-game outing with Seattle, winning the final two contests. URI will now spend the next three weekends in the Sunshine State, playing JU, #1/1 Florida, Army (in DeLand, Fla.) and Stetson during that time.
- Led by two-time Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year Raphael Cerrato, Rhody was picked to finish third in the 2017-18 A-10 Preseason Poll, finishing behind Saint Louis and VCU.
- The team returns all nine starting pitchers from last season, including 2017 Preseason All-American Tyler Wilson, who missed the majority of last year due to injury.