THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2014
Weekend Series With Winthrop Starts Friday Night
Jacksonville welcomes Winthrop to Sessions Stadium for a three game series starting on Friday at 6:30 pm.
The Dolphins are looking to bounce back from a 5-3, 10 inning loss to UCF on Tuesday night in which the Jacksonville staff struckout a season best 18 hitters. The 18 Ks by the five Dolphin pitchers were the most in a single game for Jacksonville since before the 2001 season. The club was just as effective at the plate recording a season high 13 hits including multi-hit games from Cameron Gibson, Connor Marabell, Drew Luther and Khalil Searcy.
Gibson leads the Dolphins in extra base hits and is now 4-for-7 (.571) in the last two games with a run scored and two doubles. Angelo Amendolare added a single on Tuesday night to extend his team leading hitting streak to six straight games. He leads the team in runs scored this year.
On the hill sophomore lefty Josh Baker is expected to start on Friday night for the Dolphins opposite LHP Sam Kmiec for the Eagles. Coming out of the bullpen in game one against Rutgers last Saturday, Baker tossed five shutout innings with five hits and four strikeouts. He has not allowed a run in seven innings of work this season and is making his fourth career start and first this season. Kmiec (0-0; 4.35 ERA) allowed five runs, three earned, in four innings in his last start against Kent State last Friday night.
RHP Alex McRae will start on Saturday for Jacksonville hoping to continue the success he had on Tuesday night against UCF. Making his third start of the year, McRae had three strikeouts as he retired six of the seven hitters he faces in two hitless innings. RHP Joey Strain will counter for Winthrop. Strain (2-0; 1.80 ERA) went seven innings in a win over Coppin State last week after an eight inning outing in a win over Akron to start the year.
RHP Justin Russell will close out the series for Jacksonville on Sunday. After shutting out No. 19 TCU in his season debut, Russell had an off day against Rutgers last weekend. LHP Josh Strong will counter for the Eagles. Strong meanwhile is coming off a five inning outing in a Winthrop loss to Kent State last Sunday.
Friday’s game can be seen online on ASun.TV.
This weekend marks the first meeting between the two schools since 1999. Jacksonville leads the all-time series 4-1.
Next Up For Jacksonville
The Dolphins welcome Indiana to John Sessions Stadium for a three game series starting on Friday.
Maxon Matches Dolphins Appearances record
Senior Adam Maxon made his 89th career appearance in the game against UCF on Tuesday to equal the Jacksonville school record currently held by Joel Hegeman (1996-99). Maxon was the hard luck loser in the game. Despite allowing just one hit and matching a career high with six strikeouts, he was charged with a pair of unearned runs in 2.1 innings.