MONDAY, MARCH 09, 2009
Baseball hosts Georgia Southern on Tuesday at 6 p.m.
Senior Joey Wedner
Senior Joey Wedner
After going 3-1 last week, the JU baseball team (6-5) will continue its homestand at John Sessions Stadium Georgia Southern (11-1) on Tuesday at 6 p.m. JU trails the all-time series against the Eagles, 62-55, after going 1-2 in the season series last year. Fans can follow all the action through video streaming on ASun.TV on JUDolphins.com.

Alexander reaches 600
JU head coach Terry Alexander has enjoyed several milestones as the Dolphins skipper and he can add another on top of them all. The all-time winningest coach at JU, Alexander secured the 600th win of his coaching career with an 8-7 win over cross-town rival UNF on March 8. In his 19th year as head coach, he has led the squad to eight NCAA Regional appearances, won five conference championship, 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 UNF, senior right fielder Thomas Myers led the squad offensively by batting 6-for-10 (.600) with a double, a home run and four RBI while slugging 1.000 and finishing with a .583 on-base percentage...junior second baseman Chuck Opachich batted .385 (5-13) with two doubles and three RBI while also making his first career start in center field in game three...you can teach an old dog new tricks as senior RHP Joey Wedner tallied his first collegiate win in game two and finished the series with 1.2 innings of perfect relief in two appearances...sophomores RHP Chris Kaminski and Matt Loosen each notched their second save of the year...junior RHP Carson Andrew was tagged with his first loss of the season (despite allowing only one earned run in 6.1 innings) but lowered his ERA from 3.00 to 2.35...junior LHP Kyle Kriech had his two-game decision streak ended with a no-decision in game two but continued to drop his overall ERA from 7.84 to 6.46...junior RHP Glenn Witkowski earned his first win of the year in game three while lowing his ERA from 5.40 to 4.40.

This Carson is no laughing matter
Junior Carson Andrew is solidifying himself as the ace of the Dolphin rotation after winning his first two decisions of the season. The Jacksonville native led off the season by allowing two runs on four hits while walking two and striking out three in a predetermined start against FIU (four innings). The right-hander followed that effort by allowing only one run on five hits while striking out six in five innings of work in a win over No. 25 Michigan. For his efforts, he was named A-Sun “Pitcher of the Week” on March 1. His perfection ran out when he was saddled with his first loss in game one against UNF despite allowing only one unearned run in a season-high 6.1 innings. Andrew leads the staff with a 2-1 record, a 2.35 ERA, and 15.1 innings.

Hang on Loosen
Sophomore Matt Loosen has become "Mr. Fix It" out of the bullpen for JU in 2009. His performance last week led the Dolphins to a 3-1 record, including a 9-4 upset win over No. 6 Florida State. In two outings, Loosen went 0-0 with a 1.80 ERA and a save while also striking out eight batters and holding opponents to a .176 batting average in five innings of work. In his first outing against the Seminoles, Loosen put the nail in the coffin for FSU by allowing only one hit while striking out four in the final two innings. Due to his efforts, JU defeated FSU by its largest margin since 2002. In his final appearance, Loosen helped turn the tide in the River City Rumble series by tallying the save in a 4-3 win over UNF in game two. Loosen notched his second save of the year by allowing only one run on two hits with four strikeouts in the final three innings of the contest. He currently leads the entire staff with 18 strikeouts and two saves while leading all relievers with 12.1 innings.

Mr. Consistency
Senior catcher Jeremy Gillan came out swinging last season after transferring from from Indian River CC and is picking up where he left off in 2009. Last season, he led the Dolphins in hits (83), doubles (10), home runs (9), RBI (60), total bases (120), slugging percentage (.545), sacrifice flies (6), multi-hit games (27), multi-RBI games (16) and fielding percentage (.987) en route to second team all-conference honors. A preseason all-conference selection this year, Gillan leads the squad with a .488 on-base percentage, nine runs and seven walks. He is second in batting average (.382), hits (13), home runs (2), RBI (9) and slugging percentage (.647).

Rocky mountain high
Senior right fielder Thomas Myers is swinging a hot bat and it could prove to be trouble for opposing pitchers. Despite JU going 2-2 during the second-annual JU Invitational, the Lakewood, Colo. native led the squad by going 7-for-12 with three doubles, two home runs, five RBI, 16 total bases, a .667 on-base percentage and a 1.333 slugging percentage. In a 6-4 win over Akron, he finished 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI. In a doubleheader vs. #25 Michigan, Myers combined to go 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBI. In the finale against Wisconsin-Milwaukee, he did his part again by going 2-for-3 with a double and a home run. He followed that weekend by batting 6-for-10 (.600) with a double, a home run and four RBI while slugging 1.000 and finishing with a .583 on-base percentage in a 2-1 series win over cross-town rival UNF. Myers currently leads the squad in batting average (.389), hits (14), doubles (5), home runs (3), RBI (11) and slugging percentage (.778).