After completing a four-game sweep over Samford, the Dolphins will continue its 13-game homestand at John Sessions Stadium by hosting No. 18 College of Charleston (7-0) on Tuesday at 4 p.m.
JU trails CofC in the all-time series, 4-3, including a season sweep by the Cougars (2-0) last season. The Dolphins’ last win in the series was a 5-2 contest at John Sessions Stadium on March 17, 1992.
The contest can be viewed on ASun.TV and live stats by logging onto JUDolphins.com.
JU’s 4-0 home record is the best start at John Sessions Stadium since opening 9-0 in 2008...against Samford, JU earned its first season sweep over an opponent in a series longer that three games since Bethune-Cookman (5-0) in 2004...JU’s 4-0 win on Feb. 26 was the first shutout since a 4-0 win over FIU on April 28, 2010...the Dolphins are 3-7 in their last 10 games against ranked opponents - including a 0-1 mark in 2011.
With 13 true freshmen on the 2011 roster, JU has gone through a face lift during the offseason. Thus far, many of these freshman have contributed to the Dolphins’ hot start:
Chris Anderson: Team’s closer...in four appearances, he is 1-0 with a 3.38 ERA and two saves...has a .133 opponent batting average in 4.1 innings.
Will Flor: Lefty specialist out of the pen...has not allowed a run in 2.1 innings...in three appearances, he is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a .200 opponent batting average.
Zac Houck: Lefty reliever and back up outfielder...in two appearances on mound, he has a .250 opponent battling average in 1.1 innings...at the plate, he is batting .200 (1-5) with a start at DH.
Adam Maxon: Middle reliever out of pen...has not allowed a run in 8.1 innings...in four appearances, he is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a .167 opponent batting average.
Tony Mollica: Part of starting rotation...in two starts, he is 1-0 with 3.38 ERA and .135 opponent batting average in 10.2 innings...team-high 12 strikeouts.
Colin Monagle:Splitting time at 2B with fellow freshman Chris Moye...started last two games...batting .667 (4-6) with a double during that time.
Chris Moye: Splitting time at 2B with fellow freshman Colin Monagle...started five games...went 3-for-4 with triple and two RBI in first win over UNC-Wilmington.
Mike Parker: Lefty power bat off bench...batting .143 (1-7) with start at DH.
Taylor Ratliff: Has started every game at third base...team lead-off hitter...batting .333 with a double, four RBI and a team-high three stolen bases.
Perozo Back In The Lineup
Senior right fielder Esterlin Perozo may have missed the first four games with a hamstring injury but he is back and better than ever.
Through four games, he is white hot with a .400 batting average (6-15) with two doubles a .533 slugging percentage and a .438 on-base percentage.
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 eight games, Gulbransen leads the team with a .429 batting average, 12 hits, three doubles, 18 total bases, a .643 slugging percentage and a .543 on-base percentage.
Walker, Wisconsin Bomber
Sophomore right fielder/first baseman Adam Brett Walker enjoyed a tremendous freshman campaign, leading the team with 16 home runs, 58 RBI and a .635 slugging percentage and ended with several accolades.
After being named to the A-Sun All-Preseason Team, Walker has not skipped a beat.
Through eight games, Walker leads the squad with nine RBI and three doubles while ranking second with 11 hits, 17 total bases and a .548 slugging percentage.
Two Familiar Faces Stabilizing Staff
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, got a no-decision in his first start by logging six innings and allowing only one run at UNCW on Feb. 20. In his next start, he earned his first win since 2008 by hurling seven shutout innings against Samford (2/26). He leads all starters with a 0.69 ERA in two starts.
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, 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.
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 six of seven games for the Dolphins and his bat has been one of the focal points in the lineup.
Through four games, he is batting .250 (5-16) and leads the squad with two home runs while ranking second with eight RBI.