JU Busts out the Brooms vs. Coppin St.

Dolphins used solid pitching and hot bats to sweep the Eagles.

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The JU Dolphins continued their winning ways as they cruised to a weekend sweep of the Coppin State Eagles at Sessions Stadium.

After a brilliant performance by the pitching staff earlier in the week against the Florida State Seminoles, it was time for the offense to ignite and take center stage. They did just that as they recorded 34 runs on 35 hits throughout the weekend.

Senior infielder Angelo Amendolare led all Dolphin hitters with nine hits on 15 at bats throughout the weekend and helped drive in nine runs as well. His brilliant performance at the plate left him with season average of .433 and includes 10 RBIs and four doubles.

Amendolare was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle in the first game of the double header on Saturday. The triple came in the second game of the double header as he beat out the throw at third and drove a run for another RBI on the stats sheet.

“I just have my teammates behind me that believe I can get it done,” Amendolare said. “Hitting is contagious and my job is to get on base and let the rest the team continue to rake in behind me.”

One of those teammates is senior outfielder Cameron Gibson who has continued to impress on the diamond. Not only is he contributing in a big way at the plate, but he is also anchoring the outfield with his play on defense as well.

“Senior wise, we bring that tenacity,” Gibson said. “The younger guys learning are really receptive and we really mesh well.”

Two of those younger guys include freshmen pitchers Michael Baumann and Gregory Shannahan, who both took home wins over the weekend contest.

“Both freshmen did exactly what we needed them to do,” said Tim Montez, head coach. “They gave us five strong innings. We were able to execute offensively and string some things together at the plate, taking the pressure off those guys.”

Baumann delivered five shutout innings in his performance and picked up his second career win in the process. Sophomore closer Andrew Ciocia only needed two more innings to close out the game as the contest only went seven innings due to the mercy rule in place.

Shannahan made his first collegiate start in the second game of the double header and performed like a seasoned veteran as he struckout eight batters and only gave up one earned run. The display earned him his first career win. He leads all Dolphin pitchers with 12 total strikeouts and the team as a whole has recorded 68 total strikeouts on the year.

The Dolphins hope to continue this momentum as they go for the season sweep of the Florida State Seminoles in Tallahassee at Dick Howser Stadium.

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