TUESDAY, MAY 23, 2006
Baseball travels to DeLand for Atlantic Sun Tournament
May 23, 2006
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -
After winning their eighth consecutive Atlantic Sun Conference series and clinching the program's first A- Sun regular-season crown, the JU baseball team will head south to compete in the Atlantic Sun Conference Championship presented by Progress Energy at Melching Field.
The Dolphins, who own the No.1 seed in the tournament for the first time in program history, will face No. 6 seed Campbell at 11 a.m. on Wednesday. The contest can be heard live on www.judolphins.com with Cole Pepper handling the play-by-play. The remaining games of the series can be heard live on www.judolphins.com (daytime) or ESPN 1460 (evening). The Dolphin Pre-Game Show will air 15 minutes before first pitch.
JU Alumni to host post-game party on Wednesday: The JU Alumni Office will be hosting a post- game gathering at Dublin Station (105 West Indiana Avenue-Deland, Florida) with complimentary Irish style food, networking with fellow JU Alumni and fun. After the condlusion of the game, the post-game festivities will begin at 3 p.m.
JU vs. A-Sun Field
* No. 2 Mercer - JU is 22-12 all-time and won its 2006 series, 2-1, at Alexander Brest Field.
* No. 3 Stetson - JU is 68-65 all-time and won its 2006 series, 2-1, at Alexander Brest Field.
* No. 4 Florida Atlantic - JU trails the Owls, 18-19, but swept its series at FAU Field in 2006.
* No. 5 East Tennessee State - JU won its first series meeting, 2-1, at Alexander Brest Field
* No. 6 Campbell - JU is 15-14 all-time but suffered its only conference series loss of the season, 2-1, at Taylor Field.
Dolphins nation wide
* JU is currently receiving votes in two of the four major polls after reaching 40 wins for the first time since 1999.
* The Dolphins registered five votes in the the USA Today Top 25 Coaches' Poll to sit in th 43rd spot in the nation and are still receiving votes from the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA).
* JU is third in the nation with a 18-4 road record.
Road Warriors: In 2006, the Dolphins have embarrassed the competition on their home fields en route to the third best road record in the nation (18-4), behind Rice (17-3) and Hawaii (15-3). The squad is only tied for second in the nation with a six-game road winning streak with No. 1 Rice, No. 12 Georgia and Pepperdine. On the road, JU is out hitting (.309-.263) and out pitching its opponents (4.04-6.49) while also outscoring the opposition (178-107) and committing less errors (30-34). All four of the squad's A-Sun sweeps have occurred on the on road (North Florida, Florida Atlantic, Kennesaw State and Lipscomb) and the Dolphins tallied a monumental sweep over South Florida (first time since 1997) at Red McEwen Field.
Dobbins named A-Sun "Pitcher of the Week": Sophomore Matt Dobbins was named Atlantic Sun Conference "Pitcher of the Week" after leading the Dolphins to their first Atlantic Sun Conference regular-season title with a complete- game one-hitter against Lipscomb last week. Dobbins became the fourth Dolphin to receive A-Sun accolades this season (Justin Young, Aaron Parvey, Gordie Gronkowski) and the second JU pitcher to earn the honor. Against the Bisons, Dobbins allowed only one run and one hit with two walks and three strikeouts while also starting off with a perfect game through five innings. It marked the second consecutive complete game and the fourth consecutive win for Dobbins. A position player last season, Dobbins has emerged as the ace of the Dolphins' staff and one of the top pitchers in the nation in 2006. After earning a no-decision against Georgia Southern on Feb. 7, he won eight consecutive games before having his streak snapped with a no-decision against North Florida on April 7. During his streak, Dobbins went 8-0 with a 1.46 ERA, 31 strikeouts and a .247 opponent batting average in 55.2 innings of work. He has currently won his past three starts to become the first Dolphin to win 10 games in a season since Dennis Robinson in 2004.
Smooth Transition: With starting third baseman Daniel Murphy sitting out the Lipscomb series due to injury, junior Thomas LePage stepped in at the hot corner and made some noise in his absence. In three games, LePage did his part in leading the Dolphins to their first A-Sun regular-season title and the program's first 40 win season since 1999. LePage batted .462 (6-13) with a home run, six RBI, nine total bases, a .692 slugging percentage and a .462 on-base percentage. In game one, he finished 1-for-4 with three RBI, including a two-run homer to lead the squad to an 8-1 win. In game two, he finished 2-for- 5 with an RBI to give the Dolphins an 8-1 win. In the finale, LePage went 3-for-4 with two RBI to give the squad a 6-2 win. He also recorded seven assists while not committing a single error in three games. A designated hitter throughout most of the season, LePage is currently third on the squad with a .335 batting average.