JU vs UNF: JU leads 35-27
JU vs UNF at JU: JU leads 15-13
JU vs UNF at UNF: JU leads 17-12
JU vs UNF at Neutral Site: JU leads 3-2
Probable Starting Pitchers
Thursday: #10 RHP Chris Gau (2-4, 4.11 ERA) vs. #30 LHP Austin Drury (6-2, 2.83 ERA)
Friday: #15 RHP Michael Baumann (4-3, 2.58 ERA) vs. #1 RHP Frank German (8-1, 2.44 ERA)
Saturday: #5 LHP Casey Kulina (4-1, 2.67 ERA) vs. #7 RHP Cooper Bradford (1-2, 2.49 ERA)
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – After incredible success in the first 52 games of the season Jacksonville University (31-21, 14-4 ASUN) will put it all on the line this weekend in a three-game series at the University of North Florida (32-20, 11-7 ASUN). The outcome of the series could decide the ASUN Conference regular season champions and the fate of the Old Wooden Barrel, the rivalry trophy of JU and UNF's River City Rumble.
The Dolphins returned to the good habits they'd developed in the 13-game win streak earlier this season in a three-game sweep of USC Upstate (22-28, 5-13 ASUN). JU outscored the Spartans 20-2 over three games. Michael Baumann continued to put distance on the JU career strikeout record with 10 K's in an 8-1 victory over Upstate last Friday, and Casey Kulina pitched his first career complete game last Saturday in another 8-1 win. Mike Cassala, Matt Meyer, Tyler Santana, and Spencer Stockton combined for a 4-0 shutout in the Sunday series finale. Tuesday night the Dolphins defended their home for the 19th and final time this season with a four-hour, 11-9 victory over #23/25 University of South Florida (39-13, 13-8 The American).
Scouting the Opponents
The Ospreys lead the ASUN in several offensive categories, including batting average (.301), doubles (102), hits (548), runs scored (326), sac bunts (41), and scoring (6.3 runs per game). The UNF pitching staff also has the lowest ERA in the conference (3.61) and WHIP (1.36). Defensively North Florida is tops in the league at .976.
The ASUN Conference tournament will be played May 24-27 at Melching Field in DeLand, Fla. With Stetson (25-26, 13-5 ASUN) a game behind JU in the conference standings and holding the tiebreaker against both the Dolphins and the Ospreys, there are several scenarios that could put JU as high as first or as low as third place.
- If the Dolphins sweep the Osprey they'll finish first overall with a 17-4 record.
- If the Dolphins take two of three from UNF and Stetson takes two of three from Lipscomb, JU finishes first overall.
- If the Dolphins take two of three from UNF and Stetson sweeps Lipscomb, JU and Stetson tie for the ASUN regular season title but the Hatters draw the #1 seed for the tournament.
- If JU loses two of three to UNF and Stetson either sweeps or takes two of three from Lipscomb, Stetson finishes first and JU finishes second.
- If UNF sweeps JU and Stetson wins at least one against Lipscomb, the Hatters get the #1 seed, UNF gets the #2 seed, and JU draws the third seed.
- If UNF sweeps JU and Lipscomb sweeps Stetson, UNF finishes first, JU gets the #2 seed, and the Hatters would be the #3 seed.