TUESDAY, APRIL 10, 2012
Baseball starts four-game home stand Wednesday
It will be Eagles Week for the JU baseball team as it begins at four-game home stand Wednesday at John Sessions Stadium.
The Dolphins (12-21, 2-7 A-Sun) host the Eagles of Georgia Southern Wednesday for a non-conference contest at 6 p.m. JU begins a three-game A-Sun series Friday against the Eagles of Florida Gulf Coast at 6:30 p.m. Saturday’s and Sunday’s contests against FGCU are set for 1 p.m.
Wednesday’s contest will also be a first for the Dolphin fans as the marketing department will be having $2 beers for the first time ever at John Sessions Stadium.
“We are ready to get back after it,” JU head coach Terry Alexander said. “Having two days off has helped us this week. These are two very good teams, but I am confident our guys are ready for the challenge.”
Last week, the Dolphins had two home runs from junior Adam Brett Walker II and a go-ahead RBI double by sophomore Zachary Houck to down the Hatters, 9-6, in DeLand, Fla. on April 5. The Dolphins had leads in the next two games at Stetson, but the Hatters rallied each time to take the series.
Walker II batted .353 (6-17) with seven RBI and two home runs for the Dolphins last week. Houck has a hit in all 10 games he has started this season, including a team-best eight game hitting streak at the moment.
The Eagles (18-15) looks to extend their five-game winning streak tonight against Kennesaw State in Statesboro, Ga. Georgia Southern swept Davidson in its recent Southern Conference series last weekend.
This is the second and final meeting between the Dolphins and Eagles this season. The Eagles won the first meeting in Statesboro, 17-11, on March 20. Chase Griffin was a triple shy of the cycle for Georgia Southern after going 4-for-5 with two home runs and five RBI. Griffin leads the Eagles with eight home runs.
The Eagles are slated to throw right-hander Heath Durand who is 1-0 with an 1.80 ERA and five strikeouts in 10 innings.
FGCU (12-20, 5-7) dropped a doubleheader to Mercer at home on April 6. The Eagles escaped with a 4-1 win to close the weekend.
Brandon Bednar paces the Eagles offense with a .278 average (35-126), while Andrew Valenica had 30 RBI and 10 doubles. Ricky Knapp is leading the pitching staff with a 1.95 ERA in 55.1 innings.
Last season, the Dolphins won two of three games in Fort Meyers, Fla., to break a four-game losing streak. The Eagles own a 7-4 lead in the series since 2008.
Fans can follow all the action through the live links at JUDolphins.com.