After dropping its first home contest to No. 18 College of Charleston, the Dolphins (6-3) will continue its 13-game homestand at John Sessions Stadium by hosting a three-game set against Wagner (1-3) beginning on Friday at 6:30 p.m.
JU leads WC in the all-time series, 3-1, including an 18-8 win over the Seahawks on March 6, 2010 at John Sessions Stadium. WC’s lone win was a 10-3 contest in Jacksonville on March 13, 1992.
The Friday and Sunday's contests can be viewed on ASun.TV while the entire series can be followed on live stats by logging onto JUDolphins.com.
JU’s 4-1 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 2-8 in their last 10 games against ranked opponents - including a 0-2 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 five appearances, he is 1-0 with a 3.18 ERA and two saves...has a .200 opponent batting average in 5.2 innings.
Will Flor: Lefty specialist out of the pen...has not allowed an earned run in 4.2 innings...in four appearances, he has a .150 opponent batting average.
Zac Houck: Lefty reliever and back up outfielder...in two appearances on mound, he has a .286 opponent battling average in two innings...at the plate, he is batting .200 (1-5) with a start at DH.
Adam Maxon: Middle reliever out of pen...in five appearances, he is 1-0 with a 1.00 ERA and a .182 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 three games...batting .444 (4-9) 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 .294 with a double, four RBI and a team-high three stolen bases.
Junior Jonathan Murphy prepared to make the move to second base when the 2011 season started but the experiment lasted one game. After that, Murphy is back in his comfort zone in left field and is flourishing in the field and at the plate.
Through nine games, he is batting .361 (13-36) with two doubles, a triple, a home run, seven RBI and a .556 slugging percentage. He currently leads the squad with 13 runs scored. Defensively, he is leading all outfielders with three assists.
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 five games, he is white hot with a .412 batting average (7-17) with two doubles, two RBI, a .529 slugging percentage and a .450 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 nine games, Gulbransen leads the team with a .438 batting average, 14 hits, three doubles, 20 total bases, a .625 slugging percentage and a .550 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 nine games, Walker leads the squad with 11 RBI and three doubles while ranking third with 12 hits.
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.