Largely due to a no-hit performance on August 15, Suns righthander Elih Villanueva earned Southern League Pitcher of the week honors for the week August 9-15.
In ten innings of work, Villanueva allowed only three hits and one run, which was not earned. He struck out six batters and picked up a win for his rain-shortened, five-inning no hitter on Sunday, leaving him with a 1-0 record for the week. The no hitter was the 11th in Jacksonville’s Southern League history and first since 2000.
The Florida Marlins drafted the Coral Springs, Florida native in 2008. He will receive the award in a special pre-game ceremony over the Labor Day weekend.
Vinny Rottino was four-for-four, including a three-run home run in the fourth inning, leading the Suns (71-51, 31-21) to a 9-4 victory over the West Tenn Diamond Jaxx (63-58, 24-28).
Suns righthander Tom Koehler will try to become only the fifth pitcher in Jacksonville franchise history to record 15-plus wins in a season tonight as he faces Diamond Jaxx Steve Bray in game two of the series.
JU AND USF PLAY TO SCORELESS TIE IN SOCCER EXHIBITION
The JU men’s soccer team showed good progress in getting ready for the 2010 season as they battled USF to a scoreless tie in an exhibition match in Tampa.
The Dolphins outshot the Bulls, 7-5, including adding two chances in the final five minutes of the match that was knocked down and sailed wide.
Daniele Campailla and Isaac Kinman each had two shots on goal to lead JU. Davide Faga, Nedim Hrustic and Tyler Williams all had a shot attempt, while Johnny Foley tallied both saves between the posts in 76 minutes of action.
Junior defender Tobbias Hottner was recognized as such after receiving Atlantic Sun Conference preseason all-conference honors.
The Atlantic Sun Conference released its 2010-preseason men’s soccer honors and the University of North Florida’s Adam O’Neill was named to the team. In addition, the Ospreys were picked eighth in the preseason poll as voted on by the league’s coaches….The University of North Florida women’s swimming and diving team stood out in the classroom.
The Ospreys posted a 3.15 team GPA in the spring and were named to the College Swimming Coaches Association of America Scholar All-America team. UNF was one of 128 teams to earn the distinction. Of the Ospreys’ 28-woman roster, twenty (20) student-athletes boasted a grade point average of 3.0 or better.