JU beats UNF 3-2 in game 1 of series
Freshman starting pitcher Michael Baumann won his 6th game in a row Friday for JU
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Paced by a career-high seven scoreless innings by freshman Michael Baumann, the Jacksonville University baseball team defeated North Florida, 3-2 at Harmon Stadium on Friday evening. The Dolphins (18-19; 4-3 A-Sun) look for the series win against the Ospreys (28-13; 6-4 A-Sun) in a 1 p.m. start.
Baumann shutout the Ospreys and moves to 5-0 on the season, allowing just three hits. He closed the door on a runner on-base situation in every inning, but a seventh inning in which he set UNF down in order. In his first at-bat, the Jacksonville native Connor Marabell drove the 1-0 pitch, deep over the center field wall for his fourth home run of the season, a solo shot that put the Dolphins up 1-0 in the second.
Back-to-back doubles by Drew Luther (3-for-4) and Angelo Amendolare, RBI (1-for-4) started the scoring in the fourth before Austin Hays, RBI (0-for-3) sent a sacrifice fly into right field, scoring Amendolare.
Jacksonville's lead would shrink, when in the eighth inning, the home team knocked back-to-back singles. In relief, Spencer Stockton would gather two outs in the frame, before Nathan Disch toed the rubber for the final four outs of the game, recording his fifth save of the season.
In an eight pitch at bat to Corbin Olmstead of UNF, Disch would deliver the 1-2 slider to strike him out and strand the tying run on base. Cameron Gibson (3-for-4) singled for the third time in the top half of the ninth, but the Dolphins wouldn't get another run and we went to the ninth in a one run game.
The Wisconsin native was back on the bump needing three outs for the save and to gather the win for Baumann, and he did just that a one-two-three ninth fanning one, to complete the game one victory in part one of the River City Rumble.
Back-to-back doubles by Drew Luther (3-for-4) and Angelo Amendolare (1-for-4) started the scoring in the fourth before Austin Hays (0-for-3) sent a sacrifice fly into right field, scoring Amendolare.
"It comes down to taking advantage of every scoring opportunity when you are depleted in the bullpen," said head coach Tim Montez. "We did a good job on producing in those opportunities tonight. We still have to grind and [UNF] isn't going anywhere they are in first place in our conference for a reason, they are a heck of a ball club so we have our work cut out for us tomorrow."
Game two is underway tomorrow with a 1 p.m. start while the series wraps up on Sunday with another 1 p.m. first pitch.
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