JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jacksonville University baseball wrapped up the fall with its annual Green and Gold World Series.
Green, captained and managed by senior infielder Angel Camacho, prevailed two games to one in the best-of-three series played at John Sessions Stadium last weekend.
"It was a great weekend," said Head Coach Chris Hayes. "Pitching dominated, and a lot of guys got opportunities to close out the fall season on a high note in a highly competitive environment."
Green took the Friday night opener, a game that was stunted by a two-hour delay due to inclement weather. While pitching dictating most of the game, it was the bats late that decided the outcome. Junior infielder Scott Dubrule, he of many a clutch hit throughout his career already, delivered again in the bottom of the ninth, plating Kyle Richardson on an infield hit to walk it off with a 2-1 win. Junior LHP Jagger McCoy earned the win in relief, the first of several good appearances out of the pen for the transfer from St. Johns River State College. Despite not factoring into the decision, both sophomore RHP Trent Palmer and junior RHP Tyler Santana went deep in their starts.
"It was a really competitive game and it started on the mound," said Hayes. "Both Palmer and Santana were outstanding."
Gold evened the series up on Saturday, coming out on top in another close battle, 3-2. Again, the winning run was scored in the bottom of the ninth, this time delivered by Gold captain and manager Reagan Wright, who singled to right center to score both Cory Heffron and Cory Garrastazu. Redshirt-senior RHP Greg Shannahan earned the win in relief, while both Gold's sophomore RHP Austin Temple and Green's junior RHP AJ Jones produced strong starts.
In the decisive game three on Sunday, the bats came alive late. Junior utilityman Paul Castillo and junior catcher Jacob Southern drove in runs late, while Green's pitching kept Gold off the board to win 5-0. McCoy once again pitched strong in relief, earning MVP honors for the series after tossing 4.2 shutout innings over the course of the weekend, with seven strikeouts and only one hit allowed.
JU looks to build off of a 40-win season and an NCAA Regional appearance in 2019, starting the new year at with a home series vs. Indiana State Feb. 15-17.