THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2009
Baseball hosts second-annual JU Invitational this weekend
Senior Brad Simmons
Senior Brad Simmons
After taking the final game of the series at FIU, the JU baseball team (1-2) will return home to host the second-annual JU Invitational at John Sessions Stadium beginning on Friday at 4:30 p.m. against Akron (0-4). JU leads the all-time series against Akron, 32-9, including a 1-1 split in a two-game series at John Sessions Stadium on March 21, 2000. In each of the 41 games played between the two programs, all contests have been played in Jacksonville. Wisconsin-Milwaukee (0-4) will face off against Michigan (4-0) at 1 p.m. to open the weekend’s festivities.

The weekend will continue on Saturday with Akron and UWM starting things off at noon before JU and Michigan begin a doubleheader at 3:30 p.m. The festivities conclude on Sunday with Akron and Michigan at 10:30 a.m. before JU and UWM close the day out at 2 p.m. JU’s contest can be followed through ASun.TV on JUDolphins.com.

Alexander searching for 600
JU head coach Terry Alexander has enjoyed several milestones as the Dolphins skipper and his next one is on the horizon. The all-time winningest coach at JU with 595 wins, Alexander is six wins shy of surpassing 600 wins in his career. In 18 years as head coach, he has led the squad to eight NCAA Regional appearances, won five conference championships, and has posted five 40-win seasons. Alexander is a three-time conference “Coach of the Year” honoree (2 - Sun Belt / 1 - A-Sun).

Dolphin notables
Against FIU, JU started five underclassmen in the first two games of the series (four freshmen, one sophomore)...freshman first baseman Kevin Lehane ended his weekend on a high note by batting 2-for-4 with a triple, a home run and three RBI...senior catcher Jeremy Gillan also finished 2-for-4 with a HR in the series finale...junior RHP Carson Andrew recorded the first win for the JU pitching staff...junior third baseman Derek Abis took advantage of his opportunities over the weekend, batting 3-for-7 with two doubles...junior RHP Glen Witkowkski was solid in his opening outing by allowing only one run on five hits with two strikeouts in 4.2 innings of work in Game 1 (2/20).