JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jacksonville University baseball gave up four runs in the first inning and were not able to come from behind in falling 8-3 to Indiana State on Sunday at John Sessions Stadium.
The Dolphins (0-3) were swept at home for the first time since 2015.
"We've got to learn to stay in the moment a little bit more," said Head Coach Chris Hayes. "Getting down four right out of the chute is never easy.
"It is still early in the season, but we've got a lot of adjustments that we've got to make."
Indiana State struck first with four in the first off of JU starter AJ Jones (0-1). Two walks, a single and a fielder's choice put two on with one out for designated hitter Ellison Hannah, who hit a three-run bomb, his first of the year.
Jacksonville staged a comeback in the second, when Angel Camacho and John Cassala singled to lead off the inning, and Cory Garrastazu bunted his way on, laying a sacrifice attempt perfectly down the third base line. The next two Dolphins were retired before redshirt-senior catcher Reagan Wright delivered with a single that caromed off the leg of ISU starter Tyler Whitbread into right field that plated two runs.
That was as close at JU would come, as the Sycamores continually added runs, tacking on one in third, two in the fourth, and one more the sixth.
JU did manage one more run in the seventh. Cory Heffron led off the inning with a single to center. Indiana State made a pitching change and Scott Dubrule greeted the new arm with another single up the middle. Camacho then drove in his fourth run of the series on his fourth hit in four at-bats on the afternoon. He finished the series 10-11, with a double and two home runs.
Jacksonville stays at home to host #13 Florida State on Tuesday. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.