TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – After taking down conference-foe Lipscomb in a weekend series, the Jacksonville University baseball team wraps up a five game road trip in Tallahassee Wednesday evening. The Dolphins (21-12, 4-2 ASUN) conclude a home-and-home with Florida A&M (14-20, 7-4 MEAC) in Tallahassee, with first pitch set for 5:00 p.m. at Moore-Kittles Field.
JU vs. Florida A&M: Jacksonville leads, 68-7
JU vs. Florida A&M at Florida A&M: Jacksonville leads, 28-4
JU vs. Florida A&M at JU: Jacksonville leads, 35-3
Probable Starting Pitchers
To Be Determined vs. RHP Jeremiah McCollum (0-1, 4.38 ERA)
Competing in its first road weekend series in ASUN Conference play this season, Jacksonville took two of three games of Lipscomb in Nashville to overcome the Bisons for the fourth straight year. JU fired off a pair of homeruns to pull ahead in Friday's affair, a 5-2 victory which saw freshman closer Chris Mauloni tie the single-season record for saves with his 12th of the campaign. After allowing a six-run inning which led to a 12-7 loss on Saturday, the 'Phins exploded offensively to take the rubber match, a 17-6 shellacking which featured a season-high 18 hits and 17 RBI.
- Following the series win over Lipscomb, the Dolphins have started conference play 4-2 or better and have won their first two ASUN series in each of the last three seasons.
- JU has now won seven of its first eight series' played this season, the most since winning eight of the first nine in 2011.
- The 'Phins drew a combined 24 walks over the weekend, the team's most in a weekend series since taking 25 on Feb. 24-26, 2017 vs. Georgia State. JU surged from 87th to 58th nationally in the statistic, and from fourth to first in the ASUN. With 30 free passes to his name this season, Sam Armstrong is tops in the conference and 10th among collegiate baseball. The senior also used last weekend to move into the top-ten in program history in the mark.
- Rookie reliever Mauloni has emerged as the number to call out of the pen in save situations this season. The River City product now has 12 on the year, adding another to solidify a Dolphin win last Friday. Mauloni has the second-most saves in the country, and is leading all freshmen. With his next save, he will set the JU single-season record for saves.
- The Dolphins have launched an extra-base hit in 23 straight games, accumulating a 15-8 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.
Scouting the Rattlers
- Coming off an abbreviated weekend series which featured a game cancellation due to weather, FAMU looks to snap a three-game losing skid, which dates back to last week's affair against the Dolphins. The Rattlers dropped a both contests in a MEAC doubleheader at North Carolina A&T on Saturday, being out-scored 16-6 in the process.
- The Tallahassee-based squad has been hit by the most pitches in the nation, accumulating 73 HBP's. Dallas Oliver leads the country in the statistic with 16, while Brian Davis is second with 15.
- The team ranks 25th nationally with 321 hits on the year. They are led offensively by junior OF Jordan Curtis, who steadies the team in hits (42) and triples (2), and ranks second in runs (25), and doubles (6).
- Led by fifth-year Head Coach Jamey Shouppe, FAMU captured back-to-back MEAC Southern Division titles in 2015 and 2016, setting a record for conference wins in the latter season. 2016 also saw the team make its first-ever NCAA Regional Appearance, and capture its first MEAC title since 1994.