JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jacksonville University (22-16, 8-1 ASUN) continued winning in somewhat unconventional ways Saturday with a 5-3 victory over Lipscomb University (17-17, 3-6 ASUN). Despite allowing 12 hits to the Bisons, the Dolphins stranded 17 Bison baserunners, tying a Lipscomb program record, enroute to a season series sweep and JU's 10th win in a row.
"We're in a good position," said Head Coach Chris Hayes. "We've taken care of business at home, and it was really good to see the guys perform the way they did today. Casey battled today, and we know we're going to get that at a minimum from him. He didn't have the best command today, but he was able to shorten the game for us with sheer will. I was really happy for Mark to come in and shut the door for us for a couple of innings, and I was pleased to see Lehane and Julylia come up huge today at the back end of the lineup, driving in all five of our runs. It was a complete team effort today."
Lipscomb got off to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first on the strength of two walks and an RBI grounder, but after that Kulina held strong. The senior southpaw from Hummelstown, Pa., would not let another run score in four and a third innings, holding Lipscomb to just three hits in 13 attempts with runners on base.
JU tied the game in the second thanks to the second of three catcher's interference calls in the game and an RBI single by Chris Lehane. After two JU was tied with Lipscomb, 1-1.
Angel Camacho stretched his hitting streak to 10 games with the first of two hits on the day to lead off the fourth, and that got the Dolphin bats rolling. After Sam Armstrong (walked) and Chris Gau (hit by pitch) both earned free bases, Lehane danced a single down the left field line to score Camacho and Armstrong. Ruben Someillan singled Lehane and Gau over to reload the bases, and Dakota Julylia imitated Lehane with his own two-RBI left field double. After four JU led 5-1.
Mark Potter relieved Kulina in the fifth and secured his second win of the season with an inning and two thirds of shutout baseball, and Lipscomb would be kept in control by the combined efforts of Potter, Shane Wise, and Tyler Santana until the top of the ninth, when a leadoff homer and two singles would give Lipscomb two more runs. But Spencer Stockton came in with two outs and struck out the final batter in three pitches, earning his third save of the season. The final from John Sessions Stadium: Jacksonville 5, Lipscomb 3
JU will conclude the five-game home stand with a mid-week game against Florida A&M. The Dolphins will welcome the Rattlers Wednesday at 5 p.m.
Tweetable Fin Facts
- Lipscomb was swept in ASUN play for the first time since 2014.
- The Dolphins' 10 wins in a row is the best since JU won 10 in a row from March 6 to March 17, 2001.