TUESDAY, MAY 25, 2010
Gulbransen leads five A-Sun selections for baseball
After earning the No. 5 seed in the A-Sun Tournament, the JU baseball team received seven A-Sun all-conference accolades as five Dolphins earned accolades on Tuesday.
Leading the way for JU, freshman center fielder Dan Gulbransen was the lone representative on the first team while also taking all-freshman accolades en route to “Freshman of the Year” honors. Freshman designated hitter Adam Brett Walker earned second team honors while also being selected to the all-freshman team. Junior pitchers Matt Tomshaw and Chris Kaminski and junior shortstop Jamaal Hawkins also garnered second team honors to also represent JU.
“We are proud of all of our players and especially the ones who have outstanding years,” said JU head coach Terry Alexander. “Each one of these players deserves this honor and will be a big part of us trying to earn another NCAA bid this week.”
Gulbransen, who is the first Dolphin to be named FOY since Gordie Gronkowski (2003), is also the first JU player to be named first team and FOY since Brian Evans in 1988. He leads the squad with a .401 batting average, 75 hits, 51 runs, two triples, a .506 on-base percentage, 38 walks and 25 multi-hit games and also ranks third with 45 RBI and eight home runs and fourth with 12 multi-RBI games. In the conference rankings, he is third in batting average and on-base percentage, tied for fourth in walks and ninth in slugging percentage. With his current batting average, he also is on pace to become the eighth player to finish at .400 in JU single-season history.
Walker, who is the first Dolphin to earn second team and all-freshman honors since Jody Treadwell in 1990, leads the squad with 15 home runs, 55 RBI, a.650 slugging percentage and 17 multi-RBI games while ranking second with 117 total bases and fourth with a .322 batting average and 16 multi-hit games. In the conference rankings, he is tied for sixth in home runs and eighth in slugging percentage. Walker’s home run total also places him eighth on the JU single season list.
Kaminski, who earned second team honors last season and was a preseason all-conference honoree, proved he is one of the top closers in the conference. Despite spending three weeks of the season in the starting rotation, he ranks second in the conference with a .236 batting average and third with seven saves. Kaminski also leads the squad with a 2.34 ERA and 23 appearances while also ranking second with 56 strikeouts. A member of the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) “Stopper of the Year” Watch List, he is one save shy of tying Joe Ausanio (16, 1985-88) for the JU career record.
Hawkins, who was on the initial Wallace Watch List for shortstops, is enjoying a breakout season by leading the squad with 16 doubles and seven sacrifice flies. He also ranks second on with 47 RBI and third with 61 hits and nine stolen bases. Despite batting .250 (7-28) through 11 games, Hawkins tore the cover off the ball to finish the year at .333.
Tomshaw currently leads the squad with an 8-1 record (6-0 in conference play) and leads the staff with 80.1 innings. In the conference rankings, he is second in wins and winning percentage, tied for second in complete games and 10th in innings pitched. With his three complete games on the season, he became the first Dolphin to tally more than two since Dennis Robinson (7) during the 2004 season.