After taking its opening series at UNC-Wilmington, the Dolphins will keep their show on the road on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. as the JU baseball team faces No. 10 Florida State at Dick Howser Stadium.
The contest will be broadcast live statewide on FSFlorida with Gene Deckerhoff calling all of the action while Tom Block provides color analysis.
JU trails FSU in the all-time series, 37-115, but the Dolphins have been a worthy adversary in the past three seasons. The Dolphins have split with the Seminoles (2-2) in the last four meetings in Tallahassee.
The contest is available through livestats by logging onto JUDolphins.com.
With a series win at UNC-Wilmington, JU won its first season opening road series since sweeping Gardner-Webb in 2008...the Dolphins have scored in their first at-bat in all three games this season...JU has also hit a home runs in three straight games to open the 2011 season...in its last two games at FSU, JU has tallied 10 runs in back-to-back contests for the first time in program history. The highest run tally in program history was 12 in 1973...the Dolphins are 3-7 in their last 10 games against ranked opponents - including a 2-3 mark in 2010...JU head coach Terry Alexander played outfield for the Seminoles under Mike Martin from 1976-77.
Junior shortstop Jimmy Howick was a major reason for JU's series win at UNC-Wilmington during the 2011 opening weekend.
Despite a position change from third base to shortstop, Howick certainly seems comfortable at the plate by batting 7-for-12 with two home runs, four RBI, 13 total bases, a 1.083 slugging percentage and a .538 on-base percentage.
In the game one loss, Howick finished 2-for-3 with an RBI. In JU's 7-6 win in game two, he went 3-for-5 with a career-high two home runs and two RBI. In the series finale, he went 2-for-4 with an RBI.
Maxon Has Moxy
Thrown into the fire in his collegiate debut, freshman reliever Adam Maxon did not disappoint and his second appearance gave JU the series win over UNC-Wilmington.
With the Dolphins trailing 10-3 in game one, Maxon entered the contest and kept JU in it by hurling 2.2 innings of one-hit relief.
In the series finale, Maxon entered a 1-1 contest in the seventh and finished the game with a win after allowing only one hit with two strikeouts in three innings of relief.
In two appearances, Maxon went 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA while allowing only two hits with three strikeouts in 5.2 innings.
Pickin Up Where He Left Off
Sophomore center fielder Dan Gulbransen enjoyed a tremendous freshman campaign which flirted with a .400 batting average and ended with several accolades.
After being named to the A-Sun All-Preseason Team, Gulbransen has not suffered a “sophomore slump” thus far in 2011.
Through three games, Gulbransen is tied for the team lead with a .583 (7-12) batting average while leading the squad with three doubles, and a .667 on-base percentage.
Two Familiar Faces Making An Impact
It has been a long two years for junior pitchers Steve Eagerton and Sean Green.
In those two years, the duo has missed a combined 180 games due to injuries and surgery (Eagerton - elbow, Green - shoulder) but 2011 has been a different story.
Green, who’s last appearance was at USF on March 10, 2010, got his first win since 2009 when he hurled two innings of shutout relief at UNC-Wilmington on Feb. 19.
Eagerton, who last appeared at FIU on March 23, 2010, logged the longest outing of his career in a no-decision at UNCW on Feb. 20. In six innings, he allowed only one run while scattering five hits with four strikeouts and a walk.