After suffering a tough loss to Bethune-Cookman on Wednesday, the JU baseball team (4-4) will host Wagner (0-3) at John Sessions Stadium on Saturday at 7 p.m. The contest will begin a grueling eight games in eight days for the Dolphins (six home, two away) which includes only one day off on Thursday.
JU leads WC in the all-time series, 2-1, including a two-game sweep over the Seahawks (7-2, 9-5) on March 14-15, 2006 at John Sessions Stadium.
Due to a scheduling change, the contest can be followed through ASun.TV by logging onto JUDolphins.com.
With the loss to B-CU, the Wildcats snapped a four-game losing streak against the Dolphins...JU, which received preseason votes in the NCBWA and USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll, is currently receiving votes in the USA Today/ESPN poll...since starting the JU Invitational in 2008, the Dolphins are 8-2 in the tournament with a pair of wins over ranked opponents (Michigan, Oklahoma)...the Dolphins are now 4-5 in their last nine games against ranked opponents...JU’s 23 run and hit output vs. Valparaiso (2/28) was the most since JU tallied 26 hits in a 23-5 victory over at Mercer on May 11, 2009.
Arms making their way back
The Dolphin pitching staff was not at 100 percent at the start of the season but things are slowly working towards that goal.
Junior Matt Loosen was sidelined the first two weeks with a knee injury but has made two appearances and a start since Feb. 28.
Junior Sean Green has been slowed by a shoulder injury and also missed the first two weeks. He made his first start on a limited pitch count on Feb. 28.
Sophomore Steve Eagerton missed all of last season after recovering from elbow surgery. After two weeks, he will make his first apperance since 2008 with a pre-determined start against Wagner on March 6.
Senior Chuck Opachich enters his final year in a Dolphin uniform and is primed to etch his name in the JU history book.
A major cog in the program’s most successful run in the last four years, Opachich has garnered several honors including A-Sun all-freshman (2007), A-Sun preseason all-conference (2008, 2010), A-Sun all-tournament (2007, 2009) and A-Sun first team all-conference (2009) accolades.
Last season, Opachich set a milestone by tying Talmadge Nunnari (1997) with a program record 27-game hitting streak. In the JU single-season record book, he also tied Talmadge Nunnari (1997) with 90 hits on the year.
He is off to a good start in 2010 by going 14-for-32 (.438) with 10 runs and eight RBI through eight games.
In the career book, he is currently 92 hits behind Ernie Carr (1985-88) for the program record. Opachich needs 14 to pass Rocky Rausch (1974-77) for fifth.