JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jacksonville University baseball struck first, and led the whole way in picking up its first win of 2018 on Saturday at John Sessions Stadium.
"You score runs by getting on base," said Head Coach Chris Hayes. "15 baserunners overall today, with a couple of stolen bases, that's a really good day of Dolphins baseball."
Ruben Someillan walked to led off the bottom of the first, stole second, advanced to third on a groundout and scored on a wild pitch. From there the Dolphins never looked back, riding the strong pitching performance of sophomore Tyler Santana, who went seven innings in his first career start, allowing only one run on two hits and recording a career high seven strikeouts.
"It's an extension of his preparation," said Hayes. "He did a great job in the preseason to earn this start and he showed the world today what he was and who he was."
JU made it 2-0 in the third, when Someillan again was walked to start the inning and stole second. After he advanced to third on a flyout to center, Angel Camacho drove him in with a single up the middle, the first hit and RBI of the year for the Preseason ALL-ASUN selection.
The Dolphins added another in the fifth when, after Camacho picked up his second hit of the day with two outs, scored on Scott Dubrule's triple to right. It was the first career three-bagger for the sophomore shortstop.
Someillan drove in one of his own as part of a two run sixth, and it was 5-0 before West Virginia finally got to Santana. A leadoff triple in the seventh came home to score on a ground out, but JU's Jacob Southern got it back and then some with a two-run shot to left in the bottom of the seventh to make it 7-1.
The Mountaineers managed to push across three runs in the final two innings off of freshman pitcher Austin Temple and Trent Palmer, but Palmer buckled down with the tying run at the plate three at bats in a row to close it out.
Jacksonville will play the rubber match vs. West Virginia tomorrow at 1 p.m. at John Sessions Stadium. Mike Cassala will make the start for the Dolphins.