Brian Blasik (left) leads the Flyers with a .433 batting average.
Dayton, winners of six of its last seven games, will aim to win a fourth Atlantic 10 Conference series this weekend at Saint Joseph’s ... Last season the Flyers swept the Hawks at Time Warner Cable Stadium ... Junior infielder Brian Blasik enters the weekend with an 11-game hitting streak while hitting .433 ... There are three Flyers with over 200 career strikeouts, and two will be starting on the mound this weekend ... Junior LHP Cameron Hobson broke the single-season strikeout record at Dayton last week and will start on Friday with 219 career strikeouts and a conference-best 68 Ks this season ... Junior Burny Mitchem stands second all-time in career strikeouts at UD with 206 and will start on Saturday ... Junior C.J. Gillman leads the A-10 in hits (57) on a .373 batting average and .487 clip in conference play.
Saint Joseph’s at a Glance
The Hawks won their first conference series against Saint Louis at home, but since have picked up two wins in the last three A-10 series, entering the weekend with a 4-8 conference mark ... Saint Joe’s will start right-handed Kyle Mullen on the mound on Friday ... Mullen has a 2.97 ERA and 3-4 record through nine starts ... Greg Kumpel leads the SJU offense with a .393 average, 48 hits and 20 RBI ... The Hawks’ offense is last in the A-10 with a .244 batting average ... Saint Joseph’s is coached by Fritz Hamburg in his third season with the program ... The weekend series will be played at Campbell’s Field, the home of independent minor league team Camden Sharks and site of the 2011 Atlantic 10 Baseball Championship.
Last Meeting vs. Saint Joseph’s
Dayton swept Saint Joseph’s last season in a three-game series at Time Warner Cable Stadium ... The series was the last three home contests of the 2010 season for the Flyers ... Mike Hauschild won two of the decisions; pitching the last inning of a 9-8 win on Saturday (5/15/10) and starting on Sunday (5/16/10) with eight strikeouts in 7 1/3 innings to lead UD to a 5-1 win ... Dayton has won the last five games against Saint Joe’s.
National Weather Service Forecast – Camden, N.J.
Friday – 50 percent chance of showers after 2 p.m., increasing clouds, high near 54 degrees, new rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible. Saturday – Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 2 p.m., then showers and thunderstorms likely after 2 p.m., cloudy with a high near 65 degrees, chance of precipitation is 60 percent, new rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible. Sunday – A chance of showers, mostly cloudy with a high near 74 degrees, chance of precipitation is 40 percent, new rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.