After sweeping Mercer on the road, the JU baseball team (20-12) will return to non-conference play on the road against Georgia Southern (22-10) at J.I. Clements Field on Tuesday at 6 p.m.
JU trails GS in the all-time series, 64-58, but the Dolphins won the first meeting, 4-2, on March 29 at John Sessions Stadium. The Dolphins are going for their first season sweep of the Eagles since 2006.
The contests can be followed through live stats by logging on to JUDolphins.com. Be sure to check for other available outlets on game day.
With the sweep over Mercer, JU earned its first conference road sweep since USC Upstate in 2010...the Dolphins also snapped a three-game losing streak on Sundays (3-3)...JU also won its fifth consecutive game at Claude Smith Field...JU recorded its first mid-week victory (1-6) with a 4-2 win over Georgia Southern on March 29...following a loss, the Dolphins are 9-3...JU has recorded two shutouts on the year, the most since 2008...the Dolphins are 19-6 during weekend play in 2011...JU is 5-1 on the year in doubleheaders...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.
Anderson Earns A-Sun Weekly Honor
Freshman closer Chris Anderson literally had a hand in every win for the JU baseball team in its three-game sweep over Mercer en route to Atlantic Sun Conference “Pitcher of the Week” accolades on April 11.
For the weekend, Anderson saved games one and two before earning the win in extra innings in the series finale with the Bears at Claude Smith Field.
For the week, Anderson went 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA and two saves while allowing only three hits and striking out seven in 5.2 innings of relief.
He is currently tied for second in the A-Sun with six saves.
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” in 2011.
Through 32 games, Gulbransen is leading the squad with a .417 batting average, 38 runs, 11 doubles, 32 walks and a .536 on-base percentage while ranking second in hits (48), RBI (32), total bases (73) and stolen bases (8).
Gulbransen’s batting average and walks also lead the Atlantic Sun Conference.
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 32 games, Walker leads the squad with seven home runs, 38 RBI, 84 total bases and a .656 slugging percentage.
He is already making his way into the career record books, needing two homers to tie Rick Scheetz (25, 1978-81) for 10th.