GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Following its third-straight conference series victory, the Jacksonville University baseball team will look to compete with the nation's top squad on the road in a mid-week battle. The Dolphins (24-13, 6-3 ASUN) head south to Gainesville, Fla. for the second time this season to face the #1 ranked University of Florida (32-6, 12-3 SEC) at 6:00 p.m.
JU vs. Florida: Florida leads, 55-32
JU vs. Florida at UF: Florida leads, 36-14
JU vs. Florida at JU: JU leads, 19-18
Probable Starting Pitchers
RHP Austin Temple (2-0, 3.09 ERA) vs. RHP Jack Leftwich (3-1, 3.56 ERA)
JU began its vengeance of last season's ASUN Championship game loss by taking two of three contests against ASUN foe Florida Gulf Coast at John Sessions Stadium last weekend. After dropping game 1 4-3 in 10 innings, the 'Phins swept a doubleheader on Saturday, picking up 15-5 and 5-1 decisions. At 24-13, the team is off to its best start since 2009, when it began the year 25-12.
- Following the series win over FGCU, the Dolphins have started conference play 6-3 or better and have won their first three ASUN series' in each of the last three seasons.
- JU has now won eight of its first nine series' played this season, the most since winning nine of the first 10 in 1989.
- The 'Phins run-ruled FGCU, 15-5, in game one of Saturday's doubleheader at John Sessions Stadium. This marks the first time JU has mercy-ruled an opponent since taking down Bethune-Cookman, 16-0, in eight innings on April 14, 2015, exactly three years before.
- Rookie reliever Chris Mauloni has emerged as the number to call out of the pen in save situations this season. The River City product picked up his 14th save of the season over the weekend furthering the JU single-season record. Mauloni now stands alone as the nation's leader in the category, and will begin the chase for the NCAA record for saves in a season (24 - David Berg, UCLA, 2013)
- The Dolphins have launched an extra-base hit in 27 straight games, accumulating a 18-9 record during that time.
- Entering this week's play, JU has emerged victorious in its first six home series' for the first time since 1976, when the team posted its most successful season to-date (45-15), and advanced to an NCAA Regional Final.
- 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 an explosive weekend at the plate, First baseman Angel Camacho was named the ASUN Player of the week on April 16. The junior went 7-11 with four runs, seven RBI, and a pair of home runs, helping the Dolphins to win two of three games against conference rival FGCU. The weekend was highlighted by a breakout performance in game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader, in which Camacho went 4-5 with both long balls and six RBI, becoming the first Dolphin this season to post more than five in a game.
Scouting The Gators
- As the defending NCAA National Champion and the number one team in the country, Florida has continued its dominance this season, becoming the first team this season to eclipse the 30-win mark last weekend. At 32-6 and 12-3 in SEC play, the Gators have won their last four contests, and became the second-fastest team in school history to reach 30 wins, doing so in just 36 games.
- Off to its best conference start under 11-year skipper Kevin O' Sullivan, UF cruised by its weekend competition, sweeping SEC foe Missouri at home. Before that, the team completed its season sweep of Florida State, downing the 'Noles in Tallahassee, 6-3, Tuesday evening.
- With one of the highest-powered offenses in the country, Florida sits top-10 nationally in doubles (5th, 87), home runs (4th, 57), home runs per-game (5th, 1.50), runs (9th, 286) and slugging percentage (5th, .507). The team boasts eight players with over 20 RBI on the year thus far, and seven who has amounted over 10 extra-base hits.
- Individually, junior Jonathan India continues to impress at the plate, leading the nation in on-base percentage (.561), ranking fourth in batting average (.436), and ninth in runs (42).
- The team has also shown solid strides defensively, accumulating the ninth-lowest team ERA (2.96), and the fifth-best fielding percentage (.983) in the NCAA.