TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2014
Dolphins Host No. 5 Florida State Tuesday at 4:00 pm
Coming off a signature win to start the Tim Montez era, Jacksonville returns home to face another top flight program as No. 5 Florida State pays a visit to Sessions Stadium for the Dolphins 2014 home opener.
Jacksonville has won three straight and 11 of the last 12 home openers dating back to the 2002 season.
The Dolphins took game three of a three game series at No. 19 TCU on Sunday to start the season. RHP Justin Russell earned the win and Atlantic Sun Pitcher of the Week honors after tossing seven shutout innings. Sophomore Dylan Dillard led Jacksonville with two RBI on the weekend, including a run scoring double in the eighth inning of Sunday’s 2-0 victory. Sophomore Connor Marabell meanwhile hit a team best .273 (3-11) with a run scored.
Sophomore lefty Parker Perez (0-0; 0.00 ERA) will get the start for the Dolphins. A transfer from Seminole State, Perez made his first appearance with Jacksonville last Friday in the season opener at No. 19 TCU. The native of Winter Park, Fla. tossed 1.2 innings of scoreless relief allowing no runs and walking one. Last season at Seminole State, Parker posted a 1-1 record and a 3.86 ERA in 16.1 innings while hitting .386 in 44 games as an outfielder.
Ranked top five by several national publications, Florida State started the season with a sweep of Niagara last weekend. The Seminoles will counter Perez with RHP Peter Miller. A senior from Lutz, Fla. Miller went 6-2 with a 3.55 ERA in 13 starts last season.
“We’re going to have play solid defense, pitch well and get some timely hits like we did Sunday in the win vs TCU. They are a very well coached team by one of the legends of college baseball in Mike Martin,” said Montez who took over as head coach after having been part of the Dolphins staff since 2006 and the Assistant Head Coach/Pitching Coach the past six seasons.
“The ballpark looks great and with it being our home opener the atmosphere will be great for it. Having played in the environment that we did at TCU our guys are ready and should not be overwhelmed. We just need to go out and play sound fundamental baseball and we’ll have a shot”
“The win Sunday did more than meets the eye. It gave us a shot of confidence, upped the enthusiasm throughout our program while proving our club that even with a few of our guys not healthy in the starting line-up that when we stick together we’ll compete with the best.”
Scott Manze is on the call as Tuesday’s game can be heard throughout the Jacksonville on 92.5 FM. Download the 92.5 app on your smartphone and listen to the game anywhere in the nation. The game can also be seen online on ASun.TV.
The two storied programs have met 158 times, including every year since 1993, in a series that dates back to the 1960 season.
Next Up For Jacksonville
The Dolphins continue their 12 game home stand as they welcome Rutgers to the banks of the St. John’s River.
Montez on Taking over the Program
“It’s exciting. I look forward to the challenge. I’ve been blessed over my 23 years at the Division I level and 27 years overall to have been around some great programs and great coaches. The opportunity to have been around Coach Alexander the past eight years has been very beneficial to me. I’ve had opportunities over the years to be a head coach, but for whatever reason I wasn’t able to take those opportunities, but now I have been blessed to have this opportunity and I am excited and I’m ready to go. I know there will be challenges, but that all comes with the territory.”
Maxon Closing in on Dolphins Appearances record
Senior Adam Maxon now has 87 career appearances to his credit. Maxon needs just two appearances to equal the Jacksonville school record currently held by Joel Hegeman (1996-99) who appeared in 89 games.
Baseball America Tabs McRae as one of A-Sun's top 2014 Draft Picks
Junior righty Alex McRae was recently selected as the fourth best draft pick in the A-Sun by Baseball America. McRae finished last season at 3-8 with a 4.71 ERA in 84 innings. He can touch 89-92 with a curveball, slider and a quality change up.
No stranger to the success in the MLB draft, former Jacksonville ace Chris Anderson was a first round pick last season when the LA Dodgers made him the No. 18 overall selection
The Marabell’s & Dolphin Baseball: A Family Tradition
Sophomore Connor Marabell is the fourth member of his family to attend JU and the third to wear the Dolphin Green and Gold. Both of his parents, Scott and Jocelyn and his uncle, Luke attended JU. Scott (1986-87) and Luke (1994-95) both played baseball for the Dolphins
Baseball America also selected him as the No. 5 prospect in the A-Sun for the 2015 draft. the left-handed hitting Marabell is in his first season with the Dolphins after hit a team best .383 last season at Seminole State while leading the team to a 36-14 overall record. During the course of the season he also led the Raiders in extra base hits, runs scored, RBI and slugging percentage.