JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Staying in the vicinity of the River City for the next week, the Jacksonville University baseball team faces of frequently-seen opponents in mid-week contests. The Dolphins (7-4) will travel across town to participate in the Fourth Annual Mayor's Cup against North Florida (5-7) Tuesday evening, before hosting South Florida (7-5) at John Sessions Stadium the following night. Both outings are slated for 6:00 p.m. starts. Wednesday's contest against USF is sponsored by Napa AutoCare.
Broadcaster: "Voice of the Dolphins" Scott Manze
JU vs UNF: 38-28
JU vs USF: 54-53
Probable Starting Pitchers
Tuesday: RHP Nathan Disch (0-0, 9.64 ERA) vs. RHP Cooper Bradford (0-0, 9.39 ERA)
Wednesday: RHP Spencer Stockton (0-1, 3.00 ERA) vs. RHP Baron Stuart (1-0, 1.35 ERA)
- The Dolphins earned their first series sweep of the year last weekend, taking down Rhode Island in a three-game home series. JU shut out the Rams in game one and kept it close in the next two, improving to 5-2 inside John Sessions Stadium. Ruben Someillan and Angel Camacho each went 4-10 from the plate in the series, recording an extra-base hit apiece.
- Redshirt-senior Chris Lehane had a power-driven weekend at the plate, driving in a team-high four runs, including the go-ahead runs in games two and three. The Jacksonville native recorded his first-career home run Friday evening, rocketing a ball over the left field fence in the eighth inning.
- Rookie reliever Chris Mauloni has emerged as the number to call out of the pen in save situations this season. The River City product has four on the year, adding a pair this weekend in 2.1 innings. His mark through 11 games stands at the second-most by a pitcher in the country.
- The Dolphins' pitching staff has been dealing on the mound three weeks into the season, combining for a 3.06 ERA. The total is good for 49th in the nation, and the second-lowest among ASUN teams. JU allowed just a single earned run to score last weekend, retiring 29 batters via the strikeout.
- Jacksonville has very good late in games this season. The team is outscoring opponents 8-1 in the fifth inning thus far.
- JU has used 10 different batting orders through the first eight games of the season, keeping the first four batters the same in each contest.
- The Dolphins will be no stranger to cross-town venue Harmon Stadium this season. The home of UNF baseball is the host of the 2018 ASUN Baseball Championship from May 23-26.
Scouting North Florida
- North Florida enters the mid-week contest after taking a three-game weekend series against #24 UConn at home. The Ospreys overcame a 5-4 deficit in game one with late runs in each of the next two contests. The team continues play at Harmon Stadium, where they play 14 of their first 17 games this year.
- Picked fifth in the Preseason ASUN Poll, UNF looks for success under first-year Head Coach Tim Parenton, who took over the team in June following a stint as the manager of the Hudson Valley Renegades of the New York-Penn League.
- The Ospreys have been swift along the base-paths in the young campaign, standing 16-20 in stolen bases thus far. The mark leads the ASUN and ranks 44th nationally.
Scouting South Florida:
- An NCAA Tournament participant last season, The Bulls are off to a back-and-forth start in 2018, which has included a winning and losing streak of four games each. The team got back on track last weekend at home, taking three of four games against Columbia, including the final two.
- Winners of six its last seven contests, USF broke through on the scoreboard against Bethune-Cookman last week, triumphing 16-1 over the team that eliminated them last season. The run mark and differential were the highest for the squad in a game in four seasons.
- The staff is led by returning All-American Shane McClanahan, who, along with pitcher Peter Strzelecki and OF Duke Stunkel Jr., was named to the American Athletic Conference Preseason All-Conference Team.