TUESDAY, MAY 23, 2006
Baseball dominates A-Sun All-Conference honors
May 23, 2006
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The JU baseball team took top honors in three of four categories while juniors Pete Clifford and Daniel Murphy and sophomore Matt Dobbins were each named First Team All-Atlantic Sun Conference, it was announced today.
Murphy was named Player of the Year, Dobbins received Pitcher of the Year accolades and head coach Terry Alexander was selected Coach of the Year. Derek Wiley of Belmont rounded out the top honors by being named Freshman of the Year. Anthony Bernazard and Brad Simmons were also selected to the all-freshman team.
"I'm proud of what we have accomplished this season but it is an even greater honor when your peers recognize what you have done," said Alexander. "We are going to enjoy the accolades but we know it doesn't mean anything once we start competing in the conference tournament and possibly regionals."
Alexander has led the program to 40 wins for the fifth time in his tenure to receive his first coach of the year honors. In 2006, the Dolphins are currently receiving votes in two of the four major polls after reaching 40 wins for the first time since 2001 (39). JU is also ranked third in the nation with an 18-4 road record. The program also captured its first A-Sun regular-season title to go along with its first No. 1 in the post-season tournament.
Dobbins, who was recently named A-Sun "Pitcher of the Week", swept conference pitching honors after leading the nation with a 12-0 record. A position player last season, Dobbins is tied with Jake Arrieta (TCU), Barry Enright (Pepperdine), Tim Lincecum (Washington), Eddie Romero (Fresno State) and Alex Wilson (Winthrop) for the most wins (12). He is also second in the A-Sun with 110.1 innings pitched and is fourth with a 2.61 ERA. Dobbins, a sociology major, also earned ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District III First Team honors last week after tallying a 3.74 grade point average.
Murphy, who was named to all-freshman team in 2004, leads the squad with a .389 batting average, 82 hits, 53 RBI, 26 multi-hit games and 13 multi-RBI games, while also leading the squad with a .409 average (47-115) during A-Sun play. In his last 20 games, which included a career-high 14-game hitting streak, he leads the team with a .429 average (36-84), 36 hits, 19 runs, 20 RBI, and seven stolen bases.
Clifford, who also earned all-freshman honors in 2004, shook off a slow start to the 2006 season. After starting the year batting .185 (5-27), Clifford snapped out of his slump by tallying a career high tying 14-game hitting steak from Feb. 19-March 14, in which he batted .439 (25-57). He is currently leading the squad with 20 doubles, 56 runs and 20 stolen bases. Clifford also had an 11-game winning streak running from April 29-May 19.