Clayton Freeman @CFreemanJAX

Fresh off a victory over the country’s top-ranked team, Jacksonville University is now earning nationwide baseball recognition.

The Dolphins entered the Baseball America national rankings at No. 25 in the latest poll released Monday morning.

Jacksonville (28-13) has won its last six games, including a weekend sweep on the road at Atlantic 10 Conference leader St. Louis.

The Dolphins’ biggest victory thus far came last Tuesday, an 8-4 victory against No. 1-ranked Florida at Gainesville’s McKethan Stadium. That was JU’s first win over an opponent ranked first in the nation since defeating Florida State on March 21, 2007, and gave the Dolphins three victories this season against ranked opponents.

Freshman closer Chris Mauloni, an Oakleaf High School graduate, leads all NCAA Division I players with 14 saves, and Tyler Santana is tied for seventh nationwide with seven wins.

The Dolphins, who have no games the next several days due to finals week at the university, returns to the diamond 7 p.m. Friday to meet A-Sun opponent NJIT at John Sessions Stadium. JU is 6-3 in conference play and tied for second behind Kennesaw State.

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