ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Continuing recent success on the mound, senior pitcher Spencer Stockton tossed a gem for the Jacksonville University baseball team Sunday afternoon, allowing the Dolphins to complete the series sweep of Saint Louis on the road.
"It all starts on the mound, and Spencer was unbelievable today," Head Coach Chris Hayes said. "He had great command of all three pitches, pounded the zone, and did a great job of putting pressure on the hitters."
Stockton (5-4) allowed just one run on seven hits in eight innings of action at The Billiken Sport Center, fanning 10 batters without issuing a single walk. The outing marks the second-straight appearance the Wellington, Fla. native has made lasting longer than eight frames and consisting of double-digit strikeouts.
"As more time has gone on, I've felt much better on the mound, and have been able to learn from Chris Gau and Tyler Santana and Fridays and Saturdays when they pitch," Stockton said. "The spin and the sliders were working really well for me today."
Looking for its second non-conference road sweep of the season after earning the weekend victory in Saturday afternoon's 7-4 win, JU struck first in the top of the third, as junior Scott Dubrule laced a single to left field, allowing freshman Duncan Hunter to score from second.
The Billikens got even on the scoreboard in the home half of the fourth, sending a two-out single of their own to left, allowing Aaron Case to tie it up.
Having not conceded a lead in the series since the first inning of Friday's 3-2 win in extra innings, the Dolphins sent home the go-ahead run the very next inning, as Sam Armstrong launched a ball to right field, allowing the speedy Chris Lehane to score from second.
Stockton and the JU defense held up while in the field, retiring seven consecutive Saint Louis batters from the bottom of the fourth through the end of the sixth inning. Having already improved his on-base streak to a team-high 24 games, junior Angel Camacho sent home an insurance run just before the seventh inning stretch, doubling to right center to send home Ruben Someillan.
Despite allowing the lead-off man for the home team to reach on a stand-up double in the bottom of the eighth, Stockton finished strong, sitting the next three batters down in order to secure his win. Senior Matt Meyer earned his first save of the season in relief, dealing a pair of strikeouts to close the door in the bottom of the ninth.
Camacho led the team offensively on the day, going a perfect 3-3 from the plate and reaching base on a walk in the third inning.
"We have a very team-oriented concept, and these guys have completely bought in to doing whatever it takes," Hayes added. "Today it was Scott (Dubrule) and Angel (Camacho) and Sam (Armstrong), and next weekend, it could be three others. It's what these guys have bought into, and it's who they are."
The win continues the longest hot streak of the season for the 'Phins, who take home their sixth-straight victory, improving to 28-13. The sweep marks the fourth of the season for the team, and the most in a single year since 2011. JU also picks up its second three-game weekend win of the year on the road, marking the first time since 2006 that the team has swept multiple opponents away from John Sessions Stadium.
Following the conclusion of non-conference weekend play, the Dolphins are back in action in the River City the weekend for an ASUN series against NJIT. First pitch in Friday's affair, which kicks off a four-game home stand, is set for 7:00 p.m.