WEDNESDAY, APRIL 14, 2010
Baseball ends two-game roadie with No. 6 Florida State at 6 p.m.
Junior Chris Kaminski will get his second career start at FSU tonight.
Junior Chris Kaminski will get his second career start at FSU tonight.
After dropping a heartbreaker at Georgia Southern last night, the JU baseball team (17-17) will end a two-game non-conference road trip with No. 6 Florida State (26-7) on Wednesday at 6 p.m. JU trails FSU in the all-time series, 114-36, including a 2-0 loss to the Seminoles on March 8 in Jacksonville. The Dolphins and Seminoles have spit their season series in the last three seasons. The game can be followed on 1010XL with Barry Milligan calling all of the action. You can also follow along through Live Stats or GameTracker by logging onto JUDolphins.com.

Dolphin notables
After winning its first 15 attempts while holding a lead in the ninth inning, the Dolphins have lost their last two opportunites...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 15-6 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 36 RBI, a .497 on-base percentage and 32 walks. He also ranks second with a .359 batting average, 32 runs and seven home runs. 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.661 slugging percentage while ranking third with 31 RBI and fifth with a .313 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 .375 (21-56) with four doubles, a triple, three home runs, 16 RBI and a .643 slugging percentage. During that span, he has raised his batting average just over 160 points to .266.

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 .404 (36-89) with 11 doubles, six home runs, 26 RBI, 65 total bases and a .730 slugging percentage. He did not play in the contest at Florida on April 6 due to back spasms in pre-game batting practice.