After a loss to start the week, the JU baseball team (20-13, 10-5) will return to conference play at home against Campbell (15-21, 2-13) beginning on Friday at 4 p.m.
The series will conclude on Saturday with a doubleheader at 1 p.m.
JU leads CU in the all-time series, 22-16, with both teams not facing each other last season due to schedule rotation. In the last series, the Dolphins won the season series (2-1) at John Sessions Stadium in 2009.
JU is receiving votes in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBW) Top 30 Poll.
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 recorded its first mid-week victory (1-7) 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.
Injuries Starting To Mount For Dolphins
Injuries are a part of baseball and every team goes through them as the season progresses.
For JU, injuries to start the year were easy to plug with a multitude of players before the injuries healed and the roster was complete again.
In the last week, the Dolphins’ fortunes were dealt a big blow with four starters being affected for the rest of the year.
Senior pitcher Chris Kaminski, the program’s closer the last three years and starter in 2011, is out indefinitely with a shoulder injury (4/1).
Freshman third baseman Taylor Ratliff, who served as the lead off hitter, has been limited in the field and at the plate with a right shoulder injury (4/5). He will continue to serve as a pinch runner but his availabliity the rest of the year is undefined.
Junior shortstop Jimmy Howick, who has started 28 games, is limited in the field due to an elbow injury. He is still available to be used as a pinch hitter or DH.
Junior pitcher Steve Eagerton, who leads the A-Sun with a 6-0 record, is out at least a few starts due to a concussion from a come-backer on April 8.
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 33 games, Gulbransen is leading the squad with a .408 batting average, 39 runs, 11 doubles, 32 walks and a .526 on-base percentage while ranking second in hits (49), home runs (5), RBI (33), total bases (77) 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 33 games, Walker leads the squad with eight home runs, 40 RBI, 89 total bases and a .669 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.