JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Following a return to ASUN Conference play with resulted in a 10th series victory of the season, the Jacksonville University baseball team concludes a four-game home stand with a mid-week contest against a familiar Sunshine State foe. The Dolphins (30-14, 8-4 ASUN) host Bethune-Cookman (18-27, 12-9 MEAC) Wednesday evening at John Sessions Stadium to cap off the home-and-home affair between the two for the 2018 season. First pitch in the River City is set for 7:00 p.m.
JU vs. B-CU: Jacksonville leads, 55-15
JU vs. B-CU at JU: Jacksonville leads, 35-8
JU vs. B-CU at B-CU: Jacksonville leads, 18-7
JU vs. B-CU at Neutral: Jacksonville leads, 2-0
Probable Starting Pitchers
RHP Austin Temple (2-0, 3.41 ERA) vs. RHP Brady Norris (0-1, 6.75 ERA)
Jacksonville returned to ASUN Conference action and took two of three at home against conference foe NJIT. The 'Phins began the weekend with a 10-2 rout on Friday evening, and nearly posted a shutout in Saturday's 7-1 series-clinching victory that pushed the club to 30 wins. NJIT salvaged the Sunday affair, limiting the team to just three hits. JU has now won 10 of its last 12, and popped up in national rankings for the second consecutive week, taking #24 in the latest Perfect Game Poll.
- Following the series win over NJIT, the Dolphins have taken 10 of the first 11 series in a season for the first time ever, including the last nine. For the third year in a row, JU has won each of its first four weekend series in ASUN play.
- Earning its 30th win of the season on April 28, 43 games into the season, Jacksonville is off to its best start since 1995, when it took 42 games to eclipse the 30-win mark.
- From March 14 - April 28, junior Angel Camacho reached base safely in 26 consecutive games, carving out the longest JU on-base streak since 2012, when Jonathan Murphy reached in 32 straight contests.
- The Dolphins have swept four opponents in weekend series this season, the most since taking down five in 2011.
- 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 16th save of the season last weekend against Saint Louis, furthering the JU single-season record. Mauloni is tied for the most saves in the country, and is on the chase for the NCAA record for saves in a season (24 - David Berg, UCLA, 2013)
- JU has emerged victorious in its first seven home series' for the first time since 1972, when the team posted a 25-5 home record and advanced to the its first-ever NCAA Tournament.
- As of May 2, Jacksonville has made its way into the postseason discussion with several major media outlets. The Dolphins are now projected to be a 2 seed in the Greenville, N.C. region of the 2018 NCAA Tournament according to Baseball America, and a 2 seed in the Gainesville Region via D1Baseball.com. CollegeBaseballCental.com ranked JU #5 on the latest edition of its "Mid-Major 12" last Wednesday.
Scouting The Wildcats
- Losers in three of its last four contests, Bethune-Cookman dropped two of three games in a weekend road series to NC A&T last weekend. The team salvaged Saturday's contest, but fell in the rubber match to their MEAC Southern Division foes. With just six games left in their regular season campaign, B-CU will wrap up conference action with a weekend series against Savannah State May 11-12.
- The 2017 MEAC Tournament Champions currently lead the conference in fielding percentage (.965), shutouts (4) and walks allowed per-nine-innings (3.48) as a team.
- The Wildcats are led offensively by redshirt-freshman Ivan Claudio, who steadies the squad in batting average (.317). Catcher Giovany Lorenzo and RHP Jeremy Adams have garnered MEAC Rookie of the Week honors this season, while MEAN Preseason Pitcher of the Year Anthony Maldanaldo had earned a pair of Pitcher of the Week accolades.
- Having already fallen to JU this season, B-CU is 2-7 against ASUN programs this year, earning wins over Florida Gulf coast and North Florida. The team was subject to a weekend road sweep from Stetson March 29-31, with the Hatters shutting out the Wildcats in the Saturday matchup, and outscoring them 17-6 in the three-game affair.