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GREENSBORO N.C. – The UNCG baseball team will host Jacksonville University for the first time in program history this weekend, beginning on Friday, March 15th at 4 p.m. at the UNCG Baseball Stadium. The two schools have played each other twice before, both times in Jacksonville, with the Spartans emerging a pair of wins.

The Spartans (11-4) are riding a season-long five-game winning streak that dates back to March 8, when UNCG downed Princeton 3-2, allowing them to maintain a perfect 11-0 at home in 2019.

UNCG will look to improve to 3-0 all-time against the Dolphins (11-6), who are on a seven-game winning streak that began at Bethune-Cookman (March 6), when it sends Phillip Sanderson (1-1, 4.50 ERA) to the mound on Friday afternoon to take on Taylor Santana (1-1, 1.23 ERA). Right hander Jeremiah Triplett (2-0, 1.90 ERA) will toe the rubber in game two for UNCG, facing off against Trent Palmer (2-2, 1.69 ERA) on Saturday, March 16 at 2 p.m. The series concludes on Sunday, March 17 at 1 p.m. with Austin Koehn (1-0, 2.95 ERA) earning the starting nod against Jacksonville’s AJ Jones (2-1, 1.23 ERA).

-This weekend’s games with Jacksonville mark the first time in program history that the two have played in Greensboro. The two previous games both occurred in the Sunshine State, taking place on March 2, 1997 and March 10, 2007. Both resulted in wins for the Spartans (16-11; March 2, 1997) and (10-7; March 10, 2007).
-The Spartans are 20-19 all-time against the current members that make up the Atlantic Sun Conference, winning three of the last four meetings against A-Sun schools under current head coach Link Jarrett. UNCG has hosted 15 games, owning a 9-6 mark, against Atlantic Sun member programs. The Spartans have gone to extra innings on two occasions, winning both games, versus A-Sun teams. Those two wins came against Liberty (5-4 {10}) and Lipscomb (13-9 {13}) in 1997 and 2018, respectively.
-The series against Jacksonville marks the first time in his career that UNCG head coach Link Jarrett has played a team from the Sunshine State, while with the Spartans. Jarrett played collegiately at Florida State from 1991-94 and in his four-year career with the Seminoles he was twice named Second Team All-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (1993, 1994).
Jarrett ended his career at Florida State with a .278 hitting percentage, enjoyed 72 multi-hit performances, and was responsible for 165 hits in 989 at bats. He finished his career with 65 doubles, four triples and five home runs, while driving in 122 RBI. One of the best offensive stretches of Jarrett’s career came as a senior when he had at least two hits nine of 12 games during a stretch of late March and early April. Defensively, Jarrett was responsible for 358 put outs, 789 assists, 39 double plays and a .946 fielding percentage in his Seminole career.
-The 11 consecutive wins at home to open the 2019 season mark the best start at home under head coach Link Jarrett in his seven years at the helm. The current streak topped the 2016 start of 10-1 at home and is two wins better than the 9-2 beginning in 2018. UNCG has won at least six of the first 11 home games in each of Jarrett’s seasons in Greensboro. (Through first 11 home games by season-2013, 7-4; 2014, 8-3; 2015, 8-3; 2016, 10-1; 2017, 6-5; 2018, 9-2).
-Stetson garnered six first-place votes to sit atop this year’s A-Sun Coaches Poll with a total of 77 points, followed by Jacksonville which took home two first-place votes and 73 points. Conference newcomer Liberty and FGCU rounded out the top-four in the poll with the Eagles receiving the final first-place nod. Kennesaw State sits in fifth place, followed by North Florida in sixth, Lipscomb in seventh, North Alabama in eighth and NJIT in ninth. Jacksonville’s Angel Camacho was voted the A-Sun Preseason Player of the Year. Camacho, a senior first baseman returns to the Dolphins after leading the ASUN with 58 RBIs in helping the Dolphins make it into the Gainesville Regional of the NCAA Tournament. Also a member of the Gainesville Regional All-Tournament Team, the Florida native recorded of pair of runs batted in during the tournament.

UNCG will face crosstown rival N.C. A&T on Tuesday, March 19 at First National Bank Field, home of the Greensboro Grasshoppers. The game will begin at 5 p.m.