After a tough loss to No. Florida State on Tuesday, the Dolphins will return to the friendly confines of John Sessions Stadium for 13 straight games beginning with a four-game series against former A-Sun foe Samford on Friday at 6:30 p.m.
The series will continue on Saturday with a 1 p.m. doubleheader before concluding on Sunday at 1 p.m.
JU leads SU in the all-time series, 10-2, and this weekend will be the first match up between the two programs since 2003.
All four contests will be viewable on ASun.TV and live stats by logging onto JUDolphins.com.
Against FSU, the Dolphins failed to score in their first at-bat and hit a home run this season...the Dolphins are 3-7 in their last 10 games against ranked opponents - including a 0-1 mark in 2011.
Healthy Lehane Is Good News For JU
Junior first baseman Kevin Lehane had a rollercoaster season in 2010 that ended with him missing 41 games with a hamstring injury.
Prior to the bad hammy, Lehane was one of the hotter bats in the JU lineup with a .350 average in 40 at-bats.
Now at full strength, Lehane has started every game at first base for the Dolphins and his bat has been one of the focal points in the lineup.
Through four games, he is batting .313 (5-16) and leads the squad with two home runs and seven RBI while ranking second with a .688 slugging percentage.
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, flirting 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 four games, Gulbransen leads the team with a .500 (8-16) batting average, three doubles, and a .579 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. He followed that up by hurling 1.2 innings of scoreless relief at No. 8 Florida State on Feb. 22.
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.