ATLANTA, Ga. - Opening day is now just a few days away, and with the 2019 season quickly approaching it's time to take a team-by-team look at all nine ASUN Baseball squads starting play this spring. 2018 NCAA Tournament participant Jacksonville continues the preview countdown after placing second in the ASUN Preseason Coaches Poll, receiving two first place votes.
The Dolphins come off their first appearance in the NCAA Tournament in seven years and bring back a load of talent from that run. The lineup will be anchored by returners from a team that scored an ASUN-high 368 runs last season. Preseason Player of the Year Angel Camacho led the ASUN with 58 RBIs last season while Scott Dubrule drove in 54, the only pair of teammates in the ASUN with 50 or more RBIs each.
On the mound, Tyler Santana and Chris Mauloni both come back as Preseason All-Conference selections to lead the staff. Santana became the first 10-game winner for JU since 2006 while Mauloni led the nation in save with 20, already establishing the Jacksonville career-record. As a team, Jacksonville ranked second in the league in strikeouts (484) and ERA (3.95) while doing the same when factoring in conference play only.
Head Coach Chris Hayes enters his third season with a chance to reach the 100-win mark with another big year. The non-conference slate features big matchups with in-state rivals, including Florida, Florida State and UCF. ASUN play begins with Lipscomb coming to town with possibly the biggest series of conference play coming at home vs. Stetson.
Jacksonville Team Quick Facts
2018 Record: 40-21 (14-6)
Best Single-Season Record in ASUN: 43-19; (23-7) - 2006
ASUN Championships: 1999, 2003, 2007, 2009
ASUN Regular Season Titles: 2006, 2017
NCAA Appearances: 15 (Eight as member of ASUN; 1999, 2001, 2003, 2006-07, 2009, 2011, 2018)
2019 Season Notes: The Dolphins are coming off a trip to the NCAA Tournament and look to take the next step with an ASUN Championship behind a lineup and pitching staff bringing back multiple stars in the conference.
Season Opener: vs. Indiana State; 2/15/19 - 6 PM
ASUN Opener: vs. Lipscomb; 3/22/19 - 7 PM
Head Coach: Chris Hayes
Career Record (Years): 201-158-1 (Eighth Year)
Jacksonville Record (Years): 76-55 (Third Year)
Staff: Rich Wallace, Mark Guerra, Ryan Quintero, Morgan DePew
- Angel Camacho, Sr., INF: The ASUN Preseason Player of the Year, Camacho comes back for one more turn with the Dolphins after leading the conference with 58 RBIs. The first baseman started 61 games for JU last year and set career-highs in batting average (.329), on base percentage (.394), slugging percentage (.454) and doubles (12).
- Scott Dubrule, Jr., INF: Started all 61 games at shortstop last season after holding down second base as a freshman. The ASUN regular season batting champ, Dubrule hit .350 before finishing at .348 when including the postseason. Driving in 54 runs as well, the junior collected 14 extra-base hits with 11 doubles and three triples.
- Ruben Someillan, Jr., OF: Someillan returns after starting all 59 games he appeared in, holding down the leadoff spot and center field for the 'Phins. Led the team with 52 runs scored and was second with nine stolen bases, the highest returning value on the team. Through two seasons, the Miami native has yet to make an error in the outfield.
Top Returning Pitchers
- Tyler Santana, Jr., RHP: A Preseason All-Conference selection, Santana comes off a sophomore campaign that saw him post a 10-2 mark in 15 starts as part of the weekend rotation. Pitched his way to a 3.76 ERA while striking out 58 in 88.2 innings pitched. Became the first double-digit winner for Jacksonville since 2006.
- Chris Mauloni, So., RHP: One of the top closers in the nation last year, Mauloni debuted with 20 saves as a freshman to tie for the national lead. In 33.1 innings, the Jacksonville native struck out 48 hitters while walking only 12. Has been named to multiple Preseason All-America teams while also placed on the NCBWA Preseason Stopper of the Year Watch List.
- Austin Temple, So., RHP: Returns with the second-most starts among returning players, making eight appearances at the beginning of games last year. The freshman struck out 42 hitters in 38.1 innings while posting a 2-1 mark. Also made 13 appearances out of the 'pen to provide relief during conference play.
- Zach Bryant, Jr., RHP: The Daytona State transfer enters his first run with the Dolphins after a two-year stint in Daytona. The right-hander pitched in 87.2 innings over that time, posting 94 strike outs. Appeared in 45 games over his career in Daytona State, bringing experience to the JU staff.