NASHVILLE, Tenn. – After splitting a pair of mid-week contests, the Jacksonville University baseball team now continues play on the road in its first conference series away from John Sessions Stadium. The Dolphins (19-11, 2-1 ASUN) travel to Nashville to face Lipscomb (13-14, 2-1 ASUN) in a three-game affair between two squads atop the league standings early on. Friday and Sunday's games are set for 1:00 p.m. EST, while Saturday's contest will commence at 2:00 p.m.
Game Notes: Jacksonville
Live Stats: Friday | Saturday | Sunday
Broadcaster: "Voice of the Dolphins" Scott Manze
Video: Friday | Saturday | Sunday
Tickets: Friday | Saturday | Sunday
JU vs. Lipscomb: Jacksonville leads, 27-18
JU vs. Lipscomb at Lipscomb: Jacksonville leads, 11-10
JU vs. Lipscomb at JU: Jacksonville leads, 14-7
JU vs. Lipscomb at Neutral: Jacksonville leads, 2-1
Probable Starting Pitchers
Friday: RHP Chris Gau (4-2, 2.40 ERA) vs. RHP Josh Colon (1-1, 3.52 ERA)
Saturday: RHP Tyler Santana (5-1, 2.45 ERA) vs. RHP Chris Krachmer (2-1, 3.32 ERA)
Sunday: RHP Spencer Stockton (2-4, 4.81 ERA) vs. LHP Noah Thompson (3-1, 1.97 ERA)
The Dolphins split the mid-week action with a pair of Tallahassee-based squads, defeating Florida A&M at home, before falling to #6/5 Florida State on the road. JU struck early against FAMU and pulled away thereafter, with Spencer Stockton picking up a win with four innings of relief on the mound. The team was then tested by one of the top offensive squads in the nation. All eight combined runs between JU and the 'Noles came via the long ball, with Angel Camacho and Jacob Southern going deep for the 'Phins. At 19-11, JU matches its record through 30 games in 2009, when the 'Phins won the ASUN Championship Tournament and advanced to an NCAA Regional.
- The Dolphins have won the last three regular-season series' against the Bisons, outscoring their conferences foes 50-42 during that time.
- JU began its defense of the 2017 ASUN Conference Regular Season title by taking two of three games in a #RiverCityRumble weekend affair against UNF. The series win marks the fourth straight year and the fifth time in the last six seasons the team has won the first conference weekend.
- Rookie reliever Chris Mauloni has emerged as the number to call out of the pen in save situations this season. The River City product now has 11 on the year, adding another to solidify a Dolphin win last Tuesday. Mauloni sits tied for the second-most in the country in the mark, leading all freshmen.
- The UNF series was a breakout weekend for freshman OF Duncan Hunter, who saw action in the latter two games. The Tampa, Fla. native exploded for 5 RBI in Friday's win, going 3-4 at the plat. Hunter hit .429 with a double on the weekend.
- The Dolphins have launched an extra-base hit in 21 straight games, accumulating a 13-7 record during that time.
- Entering this weekend's play, JU has emerged victorious in its first five home series' for the first time since 1989, when they finished 42-22 overall, advancing to an NCAA Regional.
- Entering its 19th season of ASUN Conference play, Jacksonville continues its quest to win consecutive regular-season titles for the first time since 1989-91. The team finished with a 16-5 mark in league play last season, its best showing since amounting 19 conference wins in 2011.
- Following the turning of the calendar to April, the Dolphins' 14-6 record stands as their best mark in the month of March since 2009, when they went 15-5 during the third month of the year. The performance is the best record the team has had in a single month since last April, when they used a 13 game winning streak to post a 13-1 showing.
Scouting the Bisons
- Hosting its seventh-straight weekend series, Lipscomb is also 2-1 in ASUN Conference play. The Nashville-based squad took two of three over NJIT last weekend to open up league action, winning the series' last two contests after dropping the opener in extra innings.
- Lipscomb has been held to the confines of Dugan Park for much of the 2018 season thus far, having played just six games away from home. The team did not see mid-week action on Tuesday, with their originally-scheduled bout at Tenn-Martin postponed due to weather.
- LU ranks last in the conference in double plays (8), ERA (5.69), WHIP (1.65), and walks-per-nine-innings (5.07), while sitting second in hit batters (32). Individually, Zeke Dodson leads the league and is seventh in the nation in sacrifice flies (5), while Cade Sorrells is 17th nationally in free passes (26).
- Dodson is the team's offensive catalyst, steadying the Bisons in batting average (.354), hits (35), doubles (6), RBI (21) and slugging percentage (.545). Blake Thomas is sporting a 22 game on-base streak and leads the conference in stolen bases (14-14).