This Week in Jacksonville University Athletics

March 27, 2007


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In this week's edition, we look back at the baseball team's upset against top-ranked Florida State, while checking out the week ahead for JU athletics



The Dolphins upset No. 1 Florida State, 5-3, in front of a school-record crowd of 3,109 fans at Alexander Brest Field on March 22.

JU's win also snapped an 18-game losing streak to FSU and ended the Seminoles' 23-game winning streak to open the season.

Sophomore Tim Brown notched the win after allowing only one hit in 4.1 innings of relief to go along with two strikeouts. Senior Ryan McArdle, who played for FSU in 2006 before transferring to JU, provided the biggest blow with a two-run double in the third inning to put the Seminoles in their biggest deficit of the season.

The Dolphins carried their momentum into the weekend as they downed Kennesaw State, 5-1, in Atlantic Sun Conference action on March 23.

Senior Justin Young notched his first comlete-game on the season to earn the win. He allowed one run on the three hits in the victory, while Donnie Vickers added his first home run of the season.

The Owls brought the Dolphins down the earth the next day as they won both games of a doubleheader to win the series.

This week, the Dolphins head to Macon, Ga. to face Mercer for a three-game set. JU will open the series on Friday at 6 p.m. and finish with a doubleheader on Saturday at noon.


The softball team won three of their final six games to wrap up spring break on the JU campus.

After dropping their first three games, JU broke through with a 5-1 victory over Charleston Southern in the second game on March 22. They finished the week with a doubleheader sweep against Dartmouth, 5-3 & 7-5, on March 24.

Freshman Ashley Mora paced the JU offense by going 10-for-17 (.588) with a double, three runs scored and six RBI in three doubleheaders. She is also currently on a seven-game hitting streak, which is a game shy of tying the team-high eight set by Valerie Alter.

Shannon Jensen, Katie Buell and Ashley Iveson each added a win in the circle for JU.

The Dolphins head to Nashville, Tenn. on Thursday for two key A-Sun doubleheaders. JU opens the week on Friday against Belmont at 2 p.m. EST and finish with league-leading Lipscomb on Saturday at 4 p.m. EST.

Men's and Women's Rowing

The JU rowing teams tallied nine medals, including five gold medals, and the Men's Point Trophy as the JU rowing teams competed at the Petrakis Cup on March 24 in Orlando.

The Dolphin men took home the point's trophy after earning gold in the Varsity 8, the Second Varsity 8, the Novice 8, the Varsity 4 and the Lightweight 8 against UCF, Tulane, Miami and Embry Riddle. The men also garnered a silver medal in the Novice 4.

The Dolphin women earned silver in the Varsity 4 and bronze in the Second Varsity 8 and the Lightweight 4.

JU will next compete in the FIRA State Championships on April 13-14.

Men's Golf

The men's golf team posted a final round total of 293, but it was not enough as the Dolphins tied for third place at the Furman Invitational on Sunday.

JU senior Duncan Stewart shot a one-under par 71 in the final round to tie for second at two-under par, 214. Russell Knox claimed another top 20 finish after posting a three-over par 75 to finish with a four-over par total of 220, tying for 19th.

The Dolphins tee it up again at the Wofford Invitational on April 2.

Women's Tennis

The Dolphins downed Gardner-Webb and East Tennessee State to push their winning streak to 11 matches.

JU opened with a 5-2 victory over Gardner-Webb and finished with a 4-3 win against A-Sun leader East Tennessee State.

Emese Sulyos, Lena Willi and Tatiana Soldatova each won their two single matches to help the Dolphins last week. Willi has won the last 11 consecutive singles matches to lead JU.

This week, the Dolphins have the chance to take the No. 1 seed in the A-Sun tournament as they travel to Nashville for their final two conference matches starting Friday. JU opens against Belmont at 6 p.m. and wrap up its trip with Lipscomb on Sunday at noon.

Men's Tennis

The men's tennis team dropped a pair of matches to Gardner-Webb and East Tennessee State on the road last week.

The Dolphins lost a heartbreaker to Gardner-Webb, 4-3, on March 20 and later fell to the East Tennessee State, 7-0, to wrap up the trip on March 21.

Jordi Ballester and Francisco Riveroll both won at their respective singles matches against the Bulldogs.

This week, the Dolphins head up to Nashville with the women's team to play Belmont and Lipscomb. They will face Belmont on Saturday at 3 p.m. and finish with Lipscomb at 2p.m on Sunday.

Women's Golf

After winning the North/South Intercollegiate on March 13, the women's gold team hits the links on Friday for the Ryder Florida State Championships in Miami Lakes, Fla.

Track and Field

The Dolphins will start defending their 2006 A-Sun outdoor track title on Thursday as they open the outdoor season at the FSU Relays in Tallahassee, Fla.

The last time we saw the Dolphins, they tallied an outstanding 150 points to take their second straight A-Sun Indoor Track and Field Championship in Johnson City, Tenn. on Feb. 17.

Senior Janita Ocana was named "Most Outstanding Field Performer" after winning the long jump with championship record jump of 19'06.75", while Alyssa Deal was the second Dolphin in two conference indoor meets to earn "Most Outstanding Freshman Performer" and head coach Ron Grigg was named "Coach of the Year" for the second consecutive indoor season to round out the JU individual honors.

Sophomore Natasha Harvey preps for her second outdoor track campaign after becoming the third Dolphin track athlete in school history to earn All-America accolades by finishing fourth in the long jump with a mark of 20'10.75" (6.37m) at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships on March 9th