JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – With an impressive mid-week offensive showcase against Savannah State behind them, Jacksonville softball is ready to take on ASUN Conference leader USC Upstate in a crucial three-game series this weekend at Debbie & Fred Pruitt Softball Complex. The Dolphins and Spartans will square off Saturday, April 22 with a doubleheader at 1:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., followed by a single game on Sunday, April 23 at 1:00 p.m.
Game Day Central
Opponent: USC Upstate
Date: Saturday, April 22 & Sunday, April 23
Time: Saturday – 1:00 p.m. & 3:30 p.m. | Sunday – 1:00 p.m.
Site: Debbie & Fred Pruitt Softball Complex | Jacksonville, Fla.
Live Stats: Sat. Game One | Sat. Game Two | Sunday
Video: ESPN3 (Sunday only)
Sunday's game will be a white out game. Fans are encouraged to wear white and bring paper products (paper towels, toilet paper, etc.) to donate to help the Dolphin softball team support the Florida Baptist Children's Home.
The Dolphins previously teamed up with the Florida Baptist Children's Home on April 7 when they took part in JU's Charter Day of Service and helped clean up the playground and area outside the home.
Last Outing against Savannah State
The Dolphins powered past Savannah State in a non-conference doubleheader Wednesday afternoon. Jacksonville combined for 31 runs on 30 hits – including five doubles, one triple, and a grand slam – and stole seven bases to increase its single-season program record to 93, and needed just 10 innings to do it. The Dolphins took game one, 14-3, and game two, 17-1. Alyssa Bilodeau (8-6) and Madison Ragan (6-4) picked up the wins in the circle.
By the Numbers …
- 25-19 | The Dolphins' overall record heading into the weekend. Jacksonville is also 3-6 in ASUN Conference play.
- 2.05 | Stolen bases per game the Dolphins average to rank third in the ASUN and 16th in the nation.
- 0.963 | The Dolphins' fielding percentage, ranking them third in the league.
At The Plate
- Heather Roberts leads the ASUN in on-base percentage (.492) and is second in the league with 39 RBI.
- With three sacrifice flies, Heather Roberts and Jordan Daniels are tied for second in the ASUN.
- Danielle Baker is second in the league with 0.17 sacrifice hits per game.
- Allie McCourt leads the team and is tied for second in the ASUN with 29 stolen bases; she also ranks third in the ASUN with 0.64 stolen bases per game.
- Five Dolphins are hitting above .300: Heather Roberts (.370), Allie McCourt (.351), Blaise Brooks (.333), Madison Ragan (.311), and Ciara Jones (.300).
- Roberts leads the team with six home runs, including two grand slams, while Ragan and Bethany Kursch have hit four each.
In The Circle
- Three Dolphins have below a 3.00 ERA: Taylor Thorpe (2.63), Seana Mora (2.85), and Madison Ragan (2.97).
- Thorpe (106.1 innings pitched) and Alyssa Bilodeau (84.1 IP) both hold an 8-6 record in the circle and are nearly identical with 30 and 31 strikeouts, respectively.
- Ragan (6-4) is next with 23 strikeouts through 63.2 innings of work; she has also tossed a team-high five complete games.
Let's Take Two (Outs)
- The Dolphins have turned 14 double plays this season, third best in the ASUN.
- Jacksonville ranks third in the ASUN with 0.33 double plays per game.
- Makenzie Buss (9), Jordan Daniels (8), Danielle Baker (7), and Jacqueline Hodskins (6) have all been part of the majority of the Dolphin double plays.
The Dolphins broke the program's single-season stolen bases record in a 3-2 victory in the second game of a doubleheader at Florida Gulf Coast on March 25, 2017. Madison Ragan stole second base in the top of the second to tie the program record of 77, set by the 2015 Dolphins, and Allie McCourt stole second in the top of the third to rewrite the history books with the 78th stolen base this season. Jacksonville now has 93 stolen bases on the year – with nine more games to play in the regular season.
Scouting the Opposition
Against USC Upstate (36-10, 9-3 ASUN) | 6-17 in the series
- Head Coach Chris Hawkins is in his 23rd year at the helm of the Spartans.
- The Spartans have won six of their last seven contests, with three-game ASUN series sweeps of Florida Gulf Coast and Stetson.
- USC Upstate leads the league in several categories, including ERA (1.36, 7th nationally), fielding percentage (0.977, 10th), and winning percentage (0.783, 17th).
- The Spartans also rank second in the ASUN with 0.67 home runs per game and in slugging percentage (0.429).
- Additionally, several Spartans lead the ASUN individually. In the circle, Holly McKinnon leads the ASUN in ERA (1.16, 19th nationally), hits allowed per seven innings (4.16, 16th), tied for first in saves (3, 23rd), and is second in the league in strikeouts (179, 17th), strikeouts per seven innings (7.7, 56th), and victories (19, 14th).
- Kayla Hussey is tops in the league with 0.20 sacrifice hits per game, or nine total.
- With eight shutouts, Lexi Shubert leads the ASUN and ranks eighth in the nation. Shubert is also tied with teammate McKinnon for first in the league with three saves.
- Six Spartans are hitting above .300: Kristen Wright (.348), Ansley Gilstrap (.336), Karla Beasley (.333), Abbie Millette (.313), Ryan Rector (.305), and Megan Obier (.304).
- Beasley and Millette lead USC Upstate with seven home runs apiece, followed by Alicia Dorgan's six.
- Beasley leads the team with 34 RBI, while Millette (25), Rector (25), and Gilstrap (24) combine for nearly 40 percent of the Spartans' runs batted in.
- McKinnon (19-6) has thrown the majority of innings for the Spartans's pitching staff (163.1), leads USC Upstate with a 1.16 ERA, has struck out 179, allowed just 97 hits, and 27 earned runs.
- Shubert (16-4) is next with a 1.62 ERA and 138 Ks; she has allowed just 81 hits and 30 earned runs through 130.0 innings in the circle.
The Dolphins head across town for a three-game series at North Florida beginning with a doubleheader Sunday, April 30 at 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m., followed by a 2:00 p.m. single game on Monday, May 1.