JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – After splitting a pair of mid-week contests in the River City, the Jacksonville University baseball team continues play at home this weekend. The Dolphins (8-5) welcome Missouri Valley Conference foe Bradley (8-1) to John Sessions Stadium for a three-game weekend series to continue a five-game home stand. Friday and Saturday's contests are set for 6:00 p.m., while first pitch on Sunday is at 1:00 p.m.
Fridays are Dollar Days at Jacksonville University! Come out to the ballpark to receive admission and select concessions specials for just a buck .Each Saturday, fans can purchase a hot dog and a beer for just $4 dollars, and veterans and active military personnel receive 10 percent off all concessions purchases. Bring the kids out by the river on Sunday afternoon for free admission, food, bounce houses, baseball bingo, and more!
JU vs Bradley: 1-0
- The Dolphins beat the Braves 6-2 on March 15, 2005, in the lone series meeting thus far.
Probable Starting Pitchers
Friday: RHP Chris Gau (1-2, 4.50 ERA) vs. LHP Cole Cook (2-1, 4.66 ERA)
Saturday: RHP Tyler Santana (1-1, 2.25 ERA) vs. RHP Ryan Hodgett (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
Sunday: RHP Mike Cassala (2-0, 0.95 ERA) vs. RHP Sam Lund (1-0, 2.19 ERA)
The Dolphins went 1-1 in a pair of mid-week contests, falling to North Florida 12-5, before defeating South Florida 4-2 at home. Senior Spencer Stockton led the way from the mound Wednesday against the Bulls, firing six scoreless innings in his second start of the season. JU struck first in the third inning, and then plated three insurance runs in the sixth en-route to the victory.
- Redshirt-senior Chris Lehane had a power-driven weekend at the plate, driving in a team-high four runs, including the go-ahead runs in games two and three. The Jacksonville native recorded his first-career home run Friday evening, rocketing a ball over the left field fence in the eighth inning.
- Rookie reliever Chris Mauloni has emerged as the number to call out of the pen in save situations this season. The River City product has five on the year, adding one on Wednesday in 1.1 innings of work. His mark through 13 games stands tied for the most by a pitcher in the country.
- The Dolphins' pitching staff has been dealing on the mound three weeks into the season, combining for a 3.39 ERA. The total is good for 71st in the nation, and the second-lowest among ASUN teams. JU allowed just a single earned run to score last weekend, retiring 29 batters via the strikeout.
- Jacksonville has dominated the fifth inning this season,outscoring opponents 8-1 in the frame thus far.
- JU has used 12 different batting orders through the first 13 games of the season, keeping only the first and third spots the same in each contest.
- 1B Angel Camacho has shown consistency at the plate, currently riding a 10-game hitting streak.
- Competing in its 118th season of collegiate baseball, Bradley takes its best start in 23 seasons to the River City for the weekend series. At 8-1, The Braves have fallen only to common opponent Georgia State this season, winning eight straight contests since the folly. The mark is currently the eighth-longest streak in the country.
- The three-game skid at John Sessions Stadium will continue a stretch of 16 consecutive games Bradley plays before hosting a contest at its home stadium in Peoria, Ill. The Braves begin a two-week stretch in the Sunshine State, staying south next weekend to compete at the RussMatt Central Florida Invitational.
- Bradley entered the 2018 season returning eight of nine starters from last year's lineup, including the top six hitters overall. This includes Freshman All-American selection and 2017 MVC Freshman of the Year Brendan Dougherty, who is one of two Braves hitting over .400 on the season.