MONDAY, MAY 29, 2006
Dobbins named to College Baseball Foundation All-America Team
May 29, 2006
JACKSONVILLE - Sophomore Matt Dobbins was selected to the College Baseball Foundation All-America Team after leading the Dolphins to their first Atlantic Sun Conference regular-season title while also leading the nation with a 12-0 record.
"It has been a remarkable year for Matt and I'm glad he is continuing to receive honors," said JU head coach Terry Alexander. "He has had a major impact on our season and I can't think of a player who is more deserving."
Last week, Dobbins was named Atlantic Sun Conference Pitcher of the Year and earned first team all-conference accolades. He was also selected as a semifinalist for the Brooks Wallace College Baseball Player of the Year, which will be narrowed to three finalists following the NCAA Super Regionals on Thursday, June 16. The player of the year will be announced on Fox Sports Net on July 3.
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.
Dobbins was named Atlantic Sun Conference "Pitcher of the Week" by hurling a career-best one-hit complete game victory over Lipscomb on May 18. 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. 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.
MCCALLISTER NAMED ALL-TOURNAMENT: Junior Mike McCallister was named to the Atlantic Sun Championship All-Tournament team after batting 9-for-13 (.692) with a double, a triple, a home run, four RBI, 15 total bases, a 1.154 slugging percentage and a .692 on-base percentage in three games. In his last 10 games, McCallister is leading the squad with a .475 batting average (19-40), five doubles, 29 total bases, a .725 slugging percentage and a .522 on-base percentage.