WEDNESDAY, APRIL 04, 2012
Baseball plays Stetson in first A-Sun road series Thursday
Sophomore Adam Maxon
Sophomore Adam Maxon
The JU baseball team hopes to turn a new corner as it travels to DeLand, Fla., for the first conference road series against Stetson beginning Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

The Dolphins (11-19, 1-5 A-Sun) will play game two of the series on Friday at 6:30 p.m. The finale is set for Saturday at 2 p.m. Fans can hear all three games live on 1010XL or online at JUDolphins.com.

“We are looking for a fresh start,” JU head coach Terry Alexander said. “The breaks have not been going our way, but I want our guys to keep battling hard because things will eventually turn for us. Stetson is a good, good team and we need to play sharp to beat them.”

JU enters the weekend on a season-high five-game losing streak. The Dolphins dropped a 6-0 decision to Bethune-Cookman at home last night, the third shutout loss of the season.

The Dolphins do have some players who are getting back where they need to be.

In the last 10 games, junior Adam Brett Walker II is batting .361 (13-36) with three doubles and five RBI. Junior Dan Gulbransen is hitting .324 (12-37) with nine RBI.

Gulbransen has recorded a hit in 19 of the last 22 contests for the Dolphins to post a team-best .306 average (34-111). Against Belmont (3/31), he was a triple shy of the cycle going 3-for-4 with a home run double and two RBI. Walker II recorded a hit in 15 of the last 19 contests to raise his average to .290 (31-107). Walker II leads the team in doubles (9), home runs (4), walks (18) and RBI (21).

Another Dolphin that has helped the cause is sophomore Zachary Houck who has a hit in all seven of his starts, including five in a row. Junior Drew Woods has two or more strikeouts five times in the last seven appearances. Sophomore Adam Maxon has allowed only one run since March 24.

The Hatters(19-9, 3-3) no-hit South Florida for six innings Tuesday night for a 6-2 victory in Tampa, Fla. Austin Perez struck out five and allowed the one hit in six scoreless frames for the win. Mark Jones and Sam Kimmel each had two hits for the Hatters.

Ben Carhart paces the Stetson offense with a .322 average (37-115) and 20 RBI. Kimmel is hitting .314 with 15 RBI, while Jones has a team-best three home runs.

Stetson’s weekend starters Kurt Schluter and Lindsey Caughel each have four wins to pace the staff. Will Dorsey has a staff-best 3.26 to go along with a 3-2 record.

The Hatters hold a slight 77-74-3 over the Dolphins which dates back to the first meeting in 1958. JU has won six of the last 10 contests, including eliminating Stetson from the A-Sun Tournament in its last meeting of 2011. The Dolphins took two of three games from the Hatters in the last trip to DeLand in 2010.

Fans can follow all the action through the live links at JUDolphins.com