Baseball Alumni Weekend Sets Tone for Upcoming Season.

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Jacksonville University baseball struck up huge interest in the upcoming season this past weekend, Oct. 13 and 14.

The weekend opened with a BBQ and batting practice, followed up by the annual alumni game Saturday afternoon.

The alumni kept the game close through the opening 2.2 innings trailing 2-0. Two walks and an error enabled sophomore Garrett Ruckel to extend it to a 5-0 lead.

In the final three innings of the game, the current JU roster added two more runs and the alumni broke through for a leading run, the final score of 7-1 in favor of the current JU players.

“This was another great alumni weekend,” JU head coach Terry Alexander said. “We are grateful to everyone who came out. I enjoyed catching up with new and old faces from our program’s past. We have some great alumni and I hope to see some of them during the upcoming season.”

A great deal of alumni was present for the weekend. Recent graduates Adam Brett Walker II, Dan Gulbransen and Jonathan Murphy were in attendance. Major League Baseball player Daniel Murphy of the New York Mets and brother of Jonathan Murphy also attended the event.

The annual Green and Gold World Series is next on the Dolphins calendar and then after winter break they’ll return for the beginning of their season.

They open with 10 of 12 of their opening games at John Sessions Stadium. The schedule includes games against Florida, Florida State and UCF among other tough tests. They open the season Feb. 15 at 6:30 p.m. at home.