TUESDAY, MAY 01, 2012
Baseball hosts top-ranked Florida State Wednesday
Senior Steve Eagerton is slated to start for JU against FSU
Senior Steve Eagerton is slated to start for JU against FSU
It doesn’t get easier for the JU baseball team as it hosts No. 1 Florida State in John Sessions Stadium Wednesday at 6 p.m.

The Dolphins (14-31) enter the next to last midweek game of 2012 looking to break a season-long eight-game losing streak.

“We have a tough challenge in Florida State,” JU head coach Terry Alexander said. “Overall, we have played hard the last two weeks, but have had hard luck in trying to get positive results from it. Our goal to end these last 11 games of the season on a high note and that starts with FSU.”

The Dolphins were swept over the weekend in their second straight A-Suns series by Mercer. The JU pitcher staff fanned 23 Mercer batters in the first two games, but the Dolphins stranded at least 10 runners each contest in all three losses.

Junior Adam Brett Walker II continues to power the JU offense with team highs in average (.339), hits (56), runs (32), doubles (13), home runs (8) and RBI (35). He also enters the final 11 games of the season six home runs shy of tying JU all-time mark.

Even though he took a loss vs. Mercer, freshman Alex McRae has found a nice grove by only allowing three runs in the last 21.2 innings of work. McRae fanned a season-best eight batters against the Bears, while sophomore Chris Anderson struck out 10 batters in game one vs. Mercer.

The Seminoles (36-7) swept Rhode Island over the weekend to push their winning streak to seven games.

Jayce Boyd leads the FSU offense with 66 hits, 18 doubles and 48 RBI for a .407 average, while James Ramsey paces the Seminoles in triples (6) and home runs (9). Brian Busch, FSU’s probable starter is 0-1 with a 5.89 ERA in 18.1 innings of work.

Earlier this season, the Dolphins jumped to a 6-2 early lead in Tallahassee, but the Seminoles used two big innings en route to a 16-9 victory. Florida State has won six of the last seven games against JU to hold a 118-37 lead in all-time series. JU’s last win at home against Florida State was a 9-4 decision on March 3, 2009.

Fans can follow the action through the live links on JUDolphins.com.