MONDAY, APRIL 09, 2007
This Week in Jacksonville University Athletics

April 9, 2007


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In this week's edition, we look back at the stellar week posted by the JU baseball and softball teams, while checking out the week ahead in JU athletics.


Baseball The Dolphins won their first Atlantic Sun Conference series of 2007 with a three-game sweep over Campbell at Alexander Brest Field.

The Dolphins crushed the Camels in a doubleheader, 11-1 & 13-3, on April 6. Mike McCallister's two-run home run the next day helped JU earn a 5-3 victory and the series sweep.

Senior Peter Clifford recorded two home runs and drove in 10 runs to pace the Dolphins at the plate in the series.

JU looks for another upset over Florida State when they travel to face the Seminoles on Tuesday at 6 p.m. in Tallahassee, Fla. The Dolphins wrap up the week with a three-game set at Gardner-Webb beginning on Friday at 3 p.m.


The Dolphins have won seven of their last 11 games after earning victories over Florida A&M and cross-town rival North Florida.

Sophomore Alexis Novak drove in four runs to help JU sweep a doubleheader at Florida A&M, 11-3 (6) & 7-1, on April 4, while freshman Ashley Mora's first collegiate home run on April 6 lifted JU past North Florida, 4-3, in game two of the twinbill. Senior Katie Buell allowed just one unearned run in 12 innings of work to pick up two wins in the circle last week.

This week, the Dolphins prep for a busy schedule at the JU Softball Complex. They open with in-state rival UCF on Tuesday before finishing with two key Atlantic Sun Conference doubleheaders against East Tennessee State and Gardner-Webb.

Track and Field

The track and field team showed signs of improvement from their first outdoor meet at the Pepsi Florida Relays on April 6 in Gainesville, Fla.

Sophomore Janel Grooms stood out the most for the Dolphins by finishing sixth in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:01.03, while wrapping up the day with a personal best time of 54.08 in the 400-meter hurdles to rank 12th.

Alyssa Deal was the Dolphins next highest finisher on the day when she placed eighth in the 1,500-meter run with a 4:40.24. In the 400-meter hurdles, sophomore Natasha Harvey tallied a time of 1:02.40 to take 11th and placed 13th in the 100-meter hurdles with 13.98 to finish her day.

The Dolphins are back in action on Saturday April 21, when they travel to Baton Rouge, La. for the LSU Alumni Gold.

Men's Tennis

After dropping all three doubles matches, the Dolphins rallied to take a 4-3 win against in-state rivial UCF on April 7 in Orlando, Fla.

Jordi Ballester and Francisco Riveroll took the top two singles, while Victor Vaz and Marcos Oliveria each won their respective matches to help secure the victory.

The Dolphins face Bethune-Cookman in their final regular match before the A-Sun Tournament on Thursday in Daytona Beach, Fla. at 2 p.m.

Men's Golf

Duncan Stewart fired a three-under par 69 as the men's golf team carded a one-over par round of 289 to finish in third place at the Wofford Invitational presented by VAULT on April 3.

Stewart's final round propelled him into the top 20 in the individual competition, tying him for 18th at two-over par, 218.

Elon carded a two-under par 286 to win the title with a three-round total of 857 for a 10-shot win in the 14-team event. Charleston Southern held off the Dolphins by one for second place, finishing with an 867 total.

The Dolphins tee up for the final time in the regular season in two weeks as they defend their A-Sun title at Sanctuary Cove in Brunswick, Ga.

Women's Golf

After two weeks of practice, the women's golf team battles for the conference title at the A-Sun tournament in Buies Creek, N.C. beginning on Monday.

Men's & Women's Rowing

After a two-week hiatus, the men's and women's rowing team return to the water after two weeks of training to compete in the FIRA State Rowing Championships in Tampa, Fla. starting on Friday.

Women's Tennis

The Dolphins hits the courts for their final tune up before the A-Sun tournament when they travel to play Bethune-Cookman on Tuesday at 2 p.m.