After dropping a series against ETSU, the JU baseball team (17-16) will begin a two-game non-conference road trip with Georgia Southern (17-15) on Tuesday at 6 p.m.
JU trails the all-time series against Georgia Southern, 64-57, including a split between the two teams last season (1-1). JU’s last win at J.J. Clements Stadium was a 5-2 decision on Feb. 21, 2006.
The game can be followed on Live Stats or watched on Eagle Vision by logging onto JUDolphins.com.
JU has had a pair of four-game winning streaks on the year....the Dolphins are 2-11 on the year when not hitting a home runs as opposed to an 15-5 record with a home run...with a loss at No. 8 Florida, the Dolphins dropped their record to 5-7 on the road this season...the Dolphins are 3-7 in their last 10 games against ranked opponents - including a 1-2 mark in 2010.
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 32 runs, 36 RBI, a .503 on-base percentage and 32 walks. He also ranks second with a .363 batting average, seven home runs and a .637 slugging percentage.
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 11 home runs and a.685 slugging percentage while ranking third with 31 RBI and fifth with a .324 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.
Murphy breaks out
An A-Sun all-Freshman selection last season, sophomore outfielder Jonathan Murphy had a lot of high expectations for him in 2010 but it took a while to get started.
After starting the year on an 0-for-13 slump, Murphy saw himself playing sparingly and was hitting a paltry .103 (4-39) with only one extra-base hit (triple) on March 23.
The coaching staff decided to make a change and keep him in the lineup to work his way out of it and the move has proved beneficial for both parties.
Since being inserted into the lineup on a regular basis on March 23, Murphy is hitting .333 (17-51) with four doubles, a triple, two home runs, 14 RBI and a .569 slugging percentage.
During that span, he has raised his batting average just over 130 points to .236.
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 .412 (35-85) with 11 doubles, five home runs, 24 RBI, 61 total bases and a .718 slugging percentagee.
He did not play in the contest at Florida on April 6 due to back spasms in pre-game batting practice.