FRIDAY, MARCH 28, 2014
GAMEDAY: Jacksonville vs Kennesaw State 6:30 pm
On the heels of the most prolific offensive output by an Atlantic Sun team this season, Jacksonville looks to carry the momentum over and jump back into the league race by hosting Kennesaw State for a three-game series starting on Friday at 6:30 pm.
The Dolphins erupted for a 20 runs in a win over Florida A&M on Tuesday that saw all nine starters hit safely for Jacksonville. Sophomore Parker Perez led the way going 3-for-6 with three RBI and three runs scored. Perez (1-1) also picked up his first win on the mound going 2.2 innings allowing two hits. He has hit out of the lead off spot the last two games and is batting .414 (12-for-29) with seven RBI and seven runs scored the last five games.
Perez enters this weekend ranks fourth in the A-Sun in hitting with a .360 average. Senior Scott Schaub, meanwhile is second int eh league with a .380 average. Schaub, who had three RBI in the win on Tuesday, leads the Dolphins with 14 RBI this season.
RHP Alex McRae (1-4; 5.29 ERA, 32 K) will make his second consecutive Friday night start to kick off the series. McAre is tied for the league lead with 7 starts already this season and is fourth with a team high 32 strikeouts after totaling 39 all of last season in 84 innings of work. LHP Travis Bergen (2-4; 3.67 ERA) will start for Kennesaw State.
LHP Josh Baker (1-1; 3.19 ERA) takes the mound on Saturday at 2:00 pm for Jacksonville opposite RHP Nathan Harsh (2-3; 5.83 ERA) for the Owls. RHP Justin Russell (2-1; 4.75 ERA) will then close out the series on Sunday at 1:00 pm against RHP Jordan Hillyer (2-1; 2.29 ERA)
Kennesaw State is coming off a 10-5 loss at Auburn on Tuesday after getting swept at Lipscomb by a combined four runs last weekend.
Scott Manze will be in the catbird seat all weekend bring you all the live play-by-play action on 92.5 FM. Download the 92.5 app on your smartphone and listen to the game anywhere in the nation. Sunday’s can also be viewed online with a free video stream through the ASun.TV portal.
Jacksonville won two of three at Kennesaw State last year, including a complete game four-hit shut out by McRae in game two of the series. The Dolphins still trail in the all-time series that began in 2006, 10-14.
Next Up For Jacksonville
The Dolphins have mid week games at Georgia Southern on Tuesday and home vs College of Charleston on Wednesday before continue A-Sun play at North Florida next weekend.