JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – After taking two of three contests in a three-game weekend home series against Bradley, the Jacksonville University baseball team concludes a five-game home stand with a home-and-home this week. The Dolphins (10-6) welcome Richmond (7-7) to John Sessions Stadium Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. before traveling to Tampa to face South Florida (10-6) for the second time in a week, Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.
JU vs Richmond: JU leads, 4-3
JU vs Richmond at JU: JU leads, 4-2
- Last Meeting : JU took 2 games of 3 game series Feb 22-24, 2013
JU vs South Florida: JU leads, 55-53
- Last Meeting: JU won, 4-2, on 3/07/18
Probable Starting Pitchers
Tuesday: RHP Spencer Stockton (1-1, 1.50 ERA) vs. RHP Lowell Schipper (0-0, 2.70 ERA)
Wednesday: RHP Greg Shannahan (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. RHP Collin Sullivan (0-0, 4.61 ERA)
The 'Phins started the weekend off hot, putting up double-digit hits in each of the first two contests to take down Bradley, 7-5 and 9-5. The Braves came alive in game three, igniting an offensive spree of 11 combined runs in the final two innings to salvage a 12-8 win.
- Sophomore Ruben Someillan continues to produce at the top of the lineup for JU, where he has batted in each game this season. The centerfielder steadied the squad with five hits on the series, batting .625 and crossing the plate five times. Someillan currently holds the longest active on-base streak on the team (10), and has garnered a hit in each of the last three games.
- Rookie reliever Chris Mauloni has emerged as the number to call out of the pen in save situations this season. The River City product now has seven on the year, adding a pair in both wins last weekend. Mauloni sits tied for second in the country in the mark, leading all freshman.
- Following Saturday's win over Bradley, JU reached 10 wins after just 22 days in-season, marking the earlies occurrence calendar-wise since 2008. The team has now started 10-6 or better in two of the last three seasons.
- Jacksonville has dominated the fifth inning this season, outscoring opponents 9-1 in the frame thus far.
- JU has used 15 different batting orders through the first 16 games of the season, keeping only the leadoff spot the same in each.
- Following the series win over the Braves, JU has taken the three of the first four series' in a season two out of the last three seasons.
Scouting The Spiders
- After beginning the campaign 5-2, Richmond has evened out lately, having dropped its last three contests. The A-10 competitor stays in the Sunshine State after getting swept in DeLand by Stetson, being outscored 17-3 in the series, which included a Hatter shutout in game two.
- Richmond boasts three players batting over .300, and a trio who have batted in over 10 runs. The team is led offensively by senior catcher Brandon Johnson, who is batting .367, and was named to the Johnny Bench Award Watch List last season. This week, he was joined by fellow-backstop Kyle Schmidt, who was one of four A-10 catchers named to the 2018 edition of the list.
Scouting The Bulls
- USF looks to avoid losing its third straight contest to JU, who rallied behind career-highs in innings pitched in strikeouts from Stockton to take game one of the home-and-home last week.
- The Bulls rebounded over the weekend, sweeping Central Michigan in a three-game home series that included a shutout and an extra-inning decision.