FRIDAY, MARCH 13, 2009
Baseball hosts Stetson this weekend
Sophomore Jamaal Hawkins
Sophomore Jamaal Hawkins
After running its winning streak to four, the JU baseball team (8-5, 2-1) will conclude its homestand at John Sessions Stadium by diving back into A-Sun play against longtime rival Stetson (4-11, 0-0) beginning on Friday at 6:30 p.m. The series continues on Saturday at 1 p.m. and will conclude on Sunday at 1 p.m. JU leads Stetson, 71-69-2, in the all-time series. The Dolphins dropped a three games series to the Hatters (1-2) last year in DeLand and have not won a season series since 2006. Fans can follow all the action through video streaming on ASun.TV on JUDolphins.com. The Saturday and Sunday games will be broadcast live on 1010XL with Barry Milligan calling all of the action.

Dolphin notables
Against FAMU, JU increased its winning streak to a season-high four games...senior right fielder Thomas Myers went 3-for-4 with an RBI...senior left fielder Kyle Fleming finished 2-for-3 with two runs...junior first baseman Alex Martinez and sophomore catcher Alex Swenson each drove in two runs...freshman Clay Kollenbaum tallied his first collegiate win after allowing just two runs on six hits and fanning five batters in five innings...sophomore Brian Gilroy allowed no runs and struck out two batters in an inning of scoreless relief...sophomore Sean Green made hit way to the mound for the first time in 2009 and allowed only one hit in two innings of work to end the game.

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 .405 batting average, a .521 on-base percentage and nine walks. He is second in runs (9), hits (13), home runs (2), RBI (9) and slugging percentage (.649).

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.

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 hits (17), doubles (5), home runs (3), RBI (12) and slugging percentage (.705).