MONDAY, MARCH 30, 2009
Baseball completes season series against FIU this week
Senior Jeremy Gillan
Senior Jeremy Gillan
After winning a season-high five consecutive games, the JU baseball team (17-8) will return to non-conference action with a two-game set against FIU (17-6), beginning on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at John Sessions Stadium. The second game will be on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. to conclude a five-game season series between the two schools. JU leads the all-time series against FIU, 19-15, but the Golden Panthers took two of three games at University Park to open the 2009 season. Each game can be followed live on ASun.TV and GameTracker through JUDolphins.com. The first game of the series can be heard live on 1010XL with Barry Milligan calling all of the action.

Dolphin notables
Against Upstate, JU swept its first A-Sun series since Belmont on March 8-9, 2008...the Dolphins have won a season-high five consecutive games, nine of their last 10 and 12 of their last 15...game one: senior pinch-hitter Dan Maier’s two-run double and freshman outfielder Joey Belviso’s RBI double gave the Dolphins their second straight eighth-inning rally...senior Joey Wedner (3-0) got the win after hurling an inning of scoreless relief...sophomore Chris Kaminski notched his fifth save on short rest with a scoreless ninth...sophomore Matt Loosen got the no-decision after allowing three runs on six hits with a walk and seven strikeouts in seven innings...Belviso led the Dolphin offense by tallying a season-high three hits while recording a double and an RBI...junior second baseman Chuck Opachich tallied a hit in the fifth to extend his career-high hitting streak to 14 games...game two: the Dolphins scored in six of seven innings...sophomore Matt Tomshaw (3-0) won his third straight decision after allowing one unearned run on six hits with a walk and a strikeout in a seven inning complete-game...sophomore left fielder Chris Connelly led the Dolphin offense by going 3-for-4 with a double and a career-best four RBI...freshman designated hitter Kevin Lehane went 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBI, senior right fielder Thomas Myers finished 3-for-4 with a double and sophomore shortstop Jamaal Hawkins went 3-for-3 with two doubles...Opachich extended his career-best hitting streak to 15 games after going 2-for-4 with a double...game three: junior Glenn Witkowski (3-1) earned the win after allowing six runs (three earned) on eights hits with four strikeouts in five innings...junior Kyle Kriech allowed one unearned run and struck out two in 1.2 innings of relief...Kaminski earned his sixth save after logging a season-best 2.1 innings of scoreless relief...junior first baseman Alex Martinez led the Dolphin offense by going 3-for-4 with four RBI...senior left fielder Kyle Fleming also went 3-for-4 with a home run...senior catcher Brad Simmons, senior designated hitter Jeremy Gillan and freshman third baseman Derik Grimes each finished with multiple hits...Opachich tallied a bunt single in the seventh to run his career-best hitting streak to 16 games.

Hold on Loosen
Sophomore Matt Loosen has been "Mr. Fix It" out of the bullpen through 17 games for JU in 2009. In six appearances out of the pen, Loosen tallied two saves while posting a 2.35 ERA, a staff-high 22 strikeouts and a bullpen-best 15.1 innings of work. Among his most influential outings was striking out four in the final two innings in a win over No. 6 Florida State. Loosen also helped turn the tide in the SunTrust River City Rumble series by tallying the save in a 4-3 win over UNF in game two. Due to injuries, Loosen was pressed into service in the starting rotation and now he might not be leaving for a while. In his first start in 2009, Loosen did not allow a run through seven innings and left the contest with runners on first and second with one out in the bottom of the eighth inning. Although the bullpen allowed two runs to score, Loosen dominated first-place FGCU by scattering five hits with a career-high seven strikeouts in a career-best 7.1 innings as JU took game one by a score of 3-2. He currently leads the staff with 36 strikeouts and 29.2 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 .455 batting average, 35 hits, a .532 on-base percentage and 13 walks. He is second in runs (19), home runs (3), RBI (22) and slugging percentage (.688). Defensively, he has been just as stellar by not committing an error while gunning down 6-of-9 (.667) base runners on the year. In his last 10 games, Gillan has been white hot by leading the squad with a .524 batting average (22-42) with five doubles, a triple, two home runs, 17 RBI, an .833 slugging percentage and a .571 on-base percentage.