MONDAY, MARCH 10, 2008
Dobbins and Maier sweep A-Sun weekly awards
March 10, 2008
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Senior pitcher Matt Dobbins and junior third baseman Dan Maier swept the weekly conference honors for the Dolphins as they were named Atlantic Sun Conference "Pitcher of the Week" and "Player of the Week" respectively after leading the Dolphins to split with No. 25 UCF and earning their first sweep over Belmont.
After earning the first weekly honor of 2008 with a shutout against UNC Wilmington, Dobbins notched his second shutout of the year to complete a three-game sweep over Belmont on Sunday. Dobbins, a member of the A-Sun Preseason all-conference team, scattered five hits while walking one batter and striking out three in a season-high seven shutout innings. He also completed the Dolphins' 10-5 win over No. 25 UCF on March 4 by hurling an inning of scoreless relief in the ninth.
"Matt is continuing to prove why he was named to the preseason all-conference team," said JU head coach Terry Alexander. "He gave us a huge effort in the final game of the series and it allowed our offense some time to come up with some big hits late in the game."
A utility player through most of his career, Maier mashed his way into the starting lineup last week and came away with his first weekly conference award. For the week, Maier batted .615 (8-13) with two home runs, four RBI, 14 total bases, a 1.077 slugging percentage and a .667 on-base percentage. In a 10-5 win over UCF, he went 1-for-1 with a pinch-hit single as the Dolphins earned their first win over a ranked opponent in 2008. In game one against Belmont, he went 3-for-3 with three runs, two walks and his first career home run. In game two, he finished 3-for-5 with two runs, two RBI and his second home run of the series. In the finale, Maier went 1-for-4 but his RBI proved to be the game winner while increasing JU's first inning scoring streak to 11 games.
"Dan has worked extremely hard in the offseason and I'm excited see him win this honor," said Alexander. "His bat came alive for us over the weekend and he was also solid in the field at third base. He has earned the right to start because he is taking full advantage of his opportunities."
The Dolphins (10-1, 6-0) will continue their homestand with two games against Florida International beginning on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at Johns Sessions Stadium. The contest can be seen live through ASun.TV on JUDolphins.com.