JU Blasts Its Way to Series Win at Lipscomb

JU Blasts Its Way to Series Win at Lipscomb

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Jacksonville University baseball erased an early deficit and exploded for a season-tying high in runs to take the series at Lipscomb Sunday.

JU (21-12, 4-2) won 17-6 over Lipscomb (14-15, 3-3) at Ken Dugan Field, rattling off all 17 runs after falling behind 3-0 at the end of two.

"This team is going to fight, claw and scratch for everything," said Head Coach Chris Hayes. "We knew Spencer Stockton was going to give us a really good outing and the guys gave him a lot of support."

Lipscomb took the early lead, when the Bisons rattled four consecutive hits off JU starter Stockton (3-5) in the second making it 3-0. But, Jacksonville answered immediately, scoring three of its own to tie it up in the top of the third.

Sam Armstrong led off with a bunt single down the third baseline. After Franco Guardascione walked, Duncan Hunter laid a perfect bunt down the third baseline to load the bases. Ruben Someillan drove in the first two Dolphin runs of the day with a bouncer over the first baseman's head and Chris Lehane hit a sacrifice fly to right to tie it up.

"This team responds to adversity," said Hayes. "It all started with Sam laying that bunt down, and we were able to stack some quality at-bats after that."

JU took the lead for good in the fourth, when John Cassala singled to lead off the frame and Jacob Southern walked. Armstrong doubled to score one, and Guardascione drove in a second on a groundout to make it 5-3.

The Dolphins tacked on one more in the fifth. Scott Dubrule tripled to start the inning, his team high third of the year, and Angel Camacho drove him in on a single up the middle one pitch later, ending Lipscomb starter Noah Thompson's day.

Just as the sixth inning was the big one for Lipscomb yesterday, JU blew the game open in the same frame today. JU sent 10 men to the plate, and scored five runs on five hits, three of them doubles, to make it 11-3.

The Dolphins were not done, this time sending 11 batters to the plate, and tacking on six more runs on just four hits, benefitting from four walks and a hit batsman to lead 17-3 at the seventh inning stretch.

"The guys relaxed in the lineup and were able to put together some really quality at-bats throughout the game," said Hayes. "Shoot, everybody in the starting lineup had a hit today.

"It was a really good offensive performance."

Lipscomb hit two home runs, one a two-run shot, in the seventh to cut the deficit to 17-6, but that was it for the scoring on the day. Matt Meyer pitched 2.2 in relief, striking out six along the way.

JU finished the day with 18 hits, including six for extra bases. Seven different Dolphins picked up an RBI, and five drove in more than one. All nine starters picked up a hit as well.

Jacksonville is tied for second at the conclusion of the second week of ASUN Conference play with Kennesaw State and North Florida, one game back of Florida Gulf Coast. 

Jacksonville returns to action on Wednesday at Florida A&M. First pitch scheduled for 5 p.m.