With a 2-2 mark thus far, the JU baseball team (13-7) will end a five-game road trip against Bethune-Cookman (10-12) on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Jackie Robinson Park.
JU leads B-CU in the all-time series, 47-9, but the Wildcats won the lone matchup between the two schools last season, 4-3, on March 3 at Jackie Robinson Park.
The contests can be viewed through live stats by logging on to JUDolphins.com. Be sure to check for other available outlets on gameday.
JU’s 9-3 home record is the best start at John Sessions Stadium since opening 9-3 in 2008...JU has recorded two shutouts on the year, the most since 2008...the Dolphins are 13-3 during weekend play in 2011...JU is also 5-1 on the year in doubleheaders...the Dolphins are 0-4 when playing during the week...against Samford, JU earned its first season sweep over an opponent in a series longer that three games since B-CU (5-0) in 2004...the Dolphins are 2-8 in their last 10 games against ranked opponents, including a 0-3 mark in 2011.
Tomshaw In Mid-Season Form
Senior Matthew Tomshaw enjoyed a breakout season in 2010 and after sitting out the first two weeks of 2011 with a sore arm, he looks to be back in business.
Last year, Tomshaw garnered second team all-conference accolades after going 8-2 with a 4.99 ERA and three complete games in 92 innings.
A preseason all-conference honoree this year, Tomshaw has won his last two decisions to improve his mark to 2-1 while leading all starters with a 2.70 ERA in five starts.
His most impressive outing saw him hold ETSU’s powerful offense to only two runs on nine hits while walking none and striking out eight in seven innings (3/19).
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 20 games, he is batting .349 (30-86) with three doubles, two triples, two home runs, 17 RBI and a .500 slugging percentage. He currently leads the squad with 25 runs scored and 30 hits.
Defensively, he is leading all outfielders with four assists.
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 20 games, Gulbransen is batting .389 (28-72) with five doubles and a team-best .495 on-base percentage and 18 walks.
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 20 games, Walker leads the squad with a .395 batting average, five doubles, four home runs, 26 RBI, 49 total bases and a .645 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. Thus far in 2011, Green in 1-0 with a 2.53 ERA and eight strikeouts in 10.2 innings.
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. Since then, he has won four-straight decisions over Samford, Wagner, USC Upstate and ETSU. He currently leads all starters with a 4-0 record and 26.2 innings pitched.