JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – After falling in a pair of mid-week contests, the Jacksonville University baseball team is back in action at home for its final non-conference weekend series at John Sessions Stadium this season. The Dolphins (10-8) welcome the Stags of Fairfield University (4-8) to the River City for a three game skid. Action on Friday and Saturday begins at 7:00 p.m., while first pitch for Sunday's contest is slated for 1:00 p.m.
Fridays are dollar days at the ballpark, with admission and select concessions specials available for just a buck. Saturday's contest is sponsored by Green Dot, and features a $4 meal deal (hot dog and beer) and 10 percent off concessions for veterans and active military personnel. Sundays are Kids Days all season long at John Sessions Stadium. Children 12 and under can enjoy free admission and food, bounce houses, baseball bingo, and more! In celebration of St. Patrick's Day, the stadium will feature green beer all weekend long.
JU vs. Fairfield: Tied, 1-1
JU vs. Fairfield at JU: Tied, 1-1
- The teams split a pair of games on March 17 & 18, 2014, as part of the Wingate Invitational at Jacksonville University
Probable Starting Pitchers
Friday: RHP Chris Gau (2-2, 3.51 ERA) vs. RHP Trey Mcloughlin (0-3, 5.40 ERA)
Saturday: RHP Tyler Santana (2-1, 2.78 ERA) vs. RHP John Signore (2-0, 4.32 ERA)
Sunday: TBD vs. RHP Eli Oliphant (1-0, 1.86 ERA)
The 'Phins dropped a pair of contests earlier this week, falling to Richmond at home and South Florida in Tampa. JU was unable to erase early deficits in both contests, splitting a home-and-home with the Bulls on the season dating back to last week. The team was led offensively by Jacob Southern, who homered in both outings.
- Southern has brought power and run-scoring ability to the starting lineup recently. The sophomore has gone deep in three of the last four games, driving in six runs over that time. Southern has moved into the cleanup spot on the scorecard, batting there in the last two contests.
- Sophomore Ruben Someillan continues to produce at the top of the lineup for JU, where he has hit in each game this season. The centerfielder owns a team-high 12 game on-base streak, and batted .455 over the last 10 contests, steadying the squad in hits over the stretch.
- 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 seven on the year, adding a pair in both wins last weekend against Bradley. Mauloni sits tied for second in the country in the mark, leading all freshman.
- Following last Saturday's win over Bradley, JU reached 10 wins after just 22 days in-season, marking the earliest occurrence calendar-wise since 2008. The team has now started 10-6 or better in two of the last three campaigns.
- Jacksonville has dominated the fifth inning this year, outscoring opponents 9-2 in the frame thus far.
- JU has used 17 different batting orders through the first 18 games of the season, keeping only the leadoff spot the same in each.
- Following the series win over the Braves, JU has taken the three of the first four series' in a season two out of the last three year.
Scouting The Stags
- At 4-8 on the season, Fairfield returns to the River City for a series after dropping two of three contests to North Florida across town last weekend. The MAAC foe rebounded from a slump, winning mid-week contests over Savannah State and Bethune-Cookman for their first back-to-back victories of the season. Like many northern-based squads, they have yet to play at home in 2018.
- Fairfield enters the year coming off back-to-back 30 win seasons under seven-year Head Coach Bill Currier. The team won the MAAC Tournament and advanced to the NCAA Regionals for the first time ever in 2016, amounting a 32-26 record.
- The Stags are steadied by Preseason All-MAAC selections Jack Gethings and Drew Arciuolo, who lead in the infield and outfield, respectively. Batting .404 thus far, Gethings leads the team in average, hits (19), and doubles (5).