WEDNESDAY, MARCH 31, 2010
Baseball hosts Florida A&M on Wednesday
Senior Glenn Witkowski will take to the hill for the Dolphins
Senior Glenn Witkowski will take to the hill for the Dolphins
After a conference series with Mercer, the JU baseball team (12-13) will return to non-conference action at John Sessions Stadium against Florida A&M (3-12-1) on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. JU leads the all-time series against FAMU, 51-3, including a 12-game winning streak. The last win by the Rattlers in the series was a 6-2 loss on Feb. 12, 2003 in Tallahassee. The games can be followed on Live Stats and A-Sun.TV through JUDolphins.com. The contest can also be heard live on 1010XL with Barry Milligan calling all of the action.

Dolphin notables
Since going 6-2 in a span of nine days (March 6-14), including six home games, the Dolphins are currently 2-8 in their last 10, with seven being on the road...the Dolphins are 1-9 on the year when not hitting a home runs as opposed to an 11-4 record with a home run...JU is 10-6 at home and 2-6 on the road this season...at home, the Dolphins are batting .316 with a 5.46 ERA...on the road, JU is batting .295 with an 8.41 ERA...the Dolphins are 4-6 in their last 10 games against ranked opponents.

­­­Producing more than just cheese
Thus far in 2010, the Wisconsin freshman duo of Dan Gulbransen and Adam Brett Walker are making Dolphin fans contemplate Cheesehead gear despite the Jacksonville Jaguars living across the St. John’s River. The initial thought process for the JU coaching staff was to bring the duo along slowly to get them used to the college game. Instead of battling for playing time, the duo is battling for the title of Atlantic Sun Conference “Freshman of the Year.” Gulbransen, a 5-foot-10, 205 pound, center fielder from Appleton, currently leads the squad with a .410 batting average, 27 runs, eight doubles, 28 RBI, a .747 slugging percentage, a .566 on-base percentage and 14-to-1 walk/strikeout ratio. A four-year starter at Fox Valley Lutheran HS, Gulbransen finished his prep career with 126 hits and 26 home runs. A four-time all-conference selection, he was named first team all-state and all-area while garnering Eastern Valley Conference “Player of the Year” honors. Walker, a 6-foot-5, 225 pound, OF/DH from Milwaukee, leads JU with eight home runs and is second with a.703 slugging percentage, third with 23 RBI and fourth with a .311 batting average. A three-year starter at Milwaukee Lutheran HS, Walker was named all-state, all-area and all-conference as a junior and senior. He played in the Brewer Classic at MIller Park and was an invitee to the 2009 Powerhouse Showcase Home Run Derby at Tropicana Field. In overall team production, the Wisconsin duo has combined for 57-of-267 hits, 13-of-51 doubles, 14-of-28 home runs and 51-of-175 RBI.

Hawkins named to Wallace Watch List
Junior Jamaal Hawkins has been coming into his own over the last month and his efforts have put him on the national radar as he was named to the Wallace Watch List for shortstops. Things didn’t start off so hot for Hawkins at the beginning of the season as he batted .250 (7-28) with only two extra base hits (two doubles) in the first 11 games. After a short benching, Hawkins was inserted back into the lineup on March 10 and has been nothing short of phenomenal ever since. Since March 10, Hawkins is tearing the cover off of the ball by hitting a sizzling .439 (25-57) with five doubles, four home runs, 16 RBI, 42 total bases, a .737 slugging percentage and a .484 on base percentage.

”Wild Thing” is back
JU has been in desperate need of a closer since Hunter Davis tallied 11 saves in 2005 and now the Dolphins have one in junior Chris Kaminski. The Richmond, Texas native joined JU in 2009 after going 6-0 with a 3.86 ERA, four saves and 54 strikeouts as a freshman at Weatherford Junior College. Kaminski lived up to the hype by leading the A-Sun with eight saves in nine opportunities last season while toping the bullpen with 25 appearances, a 2.70 ERA, five wins and 33.1 innings, helping the squad to a 28-1 record when leading after eight innings. For his efforts, he earned A-Sun second team all-conference honors and was named to the 2010 preseason all-conference team. With a save against Mercer on March 26, he is now tied for second on the JU career list with Matt Davis (13, 2005-08) and Casey Shumaker (13, 2000-01). He needs only four saves to overcome Joe Ausanio (16, 1985-88) as the programs top closer.