Jacksonville Sports Day

JU: Sunday Shutout Gives Dolphins Baseball Series Win

JACKSONVILLE – An early lead and strong pitching led to a 7-0 win for Jacksonville University baseball over Austin Peay on Sunday at John Sessions Stadium.

The Dolphins (5-7) captured a series win for the first time in 2020, and registered a second-straight Sunday shutout victory.

Jacksonville grabbed the advantage early for the third straight game, plating four in the second.

A leadoff walk to Stephen Moffatt was followed by a Christian Coipel single and Jacob Southern was hit by a pitch to load the bases.

Langston Provitt drove in the first run of the day on a single, and two batters later Dakota Julylia knocked in two with a single of his own.

With two outs, Scott Dubrule bounced a ball through a hole on the right side of the infield to make it 4-0 and the Austin Peay starter never made it out of the second.

Starter Austin Temple (2-1), the reigning ASUN Pitcher of the Week, followed up his performance in Hammond, La. last Sunday with another stellar outing.

The Palm City, Fla. native started strong, facing one more than the minimum through two before working himself into a bases loaded, nobody out jam in the third.

He then got a strike out, line out and flyout to end the inning without allowing a run. In all, he stranded four men in scoring position over six innings, striking out a career-best eight.

The Dolphins helped Temple with some insurance in the fourth. After a double play recorded the first two outs, Dubrule singled and Anthony George was hit by a pitch to extend the inning, and Moffatt hit a slow chopper to the left side of the infield that he beat out.

The throw from the pitcher to first was low and got away, and Dubrule scored to make it 5-0.

Jacksonville tacked on two more in the eighth, when Provitt was walked to leadoff the frame, stole second and third and scored on Dakota Julylia’s sacrifice fly to right that was dropped, allowing him to advance to second. He then scored on Dubrule’s single to push the lead to 7-0.

Mike Cassala relieved Temple in the seventh, and pitched two scoreless innings, striking out one and facing the minimum. Chris Mauloni pitched a perfect ninth with two Ks to end it.

Jacksonville heads on the road for a midweek contest in Orlando, Fla. vs. UCF. First pitch in scheduled for 6 p.m.

JU NOTES: Dubrule picked up another three hits to extend his hit streak to 10 and his on-base streak to 12… Jacksonville put the leadoff man on in 15 of 25 innings over the course of the three-game series…the Dolphins scored first for the eighth time in 12 games this season…with 11 more strikeouts today, Jacksonville pitching ran the season total up to 121 total.

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