FRIDAY, JUNE 02, 2006
Matt Dobbins earns Louisville Slugger Second-Team All-America honors

June 2, 2006

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Sophomore left-handed pitcher Matt Dobbins earned Louisville Slugger Second-Team All-America honors, as announced Friday by the Collegiate Baseball newspaper.

"Matt is very deserving of this award," said JU head coach Terry Alexander. "He has stepped in big to fill the void in our pitching staff and exceeded all expectations. We are excited for the future of Dolphin Baseball with Matt on our staff."

In 2006, Dobbins was named Atlantic Sun Conference "Pitcher of the Year" and earned first-team all-conference accolades after leading Dolphins with a nation's best 12 wins on the mound. He has also been named to the College Baseball Foundation All-America team and earned third-team ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America honors this season.

Dobbins also is 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.

Dobbins was named A-Sun "Pitcher of the Week" after hurling a career-best one-hit complete game victory over Lipscomb to help the Dolphins secure their first-ever A-Sun regular season title on May 18.

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.

Later today, Dobbins will take the mound for the Dolphins as they square off against Florida State at 3 p.m. in the first game of the NCAA Regionals in Athens, Ga. Fans can follow the game live on game tracker by logging to judolphins.com or listen to the game on ESPN 1460 with Cole Pepper providing play-by-play and Joel Lamp adding color analysis.