FRIDAY, MARCH 14, 2008
Baseball ready for three-game series against Lipscomb

March 14, 2008

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

After sweeping a two-game set against FlU earlier in the week, the JU baseball team (12-1, 6-0) will jump back into A-Sun action as the Dolphins travel to Lipscomb for a three game series at Steven L. Marsh Stadium.

The weekend will begin on Friday at 7 p.m. ET and will continue on Saturday at 3 p.m. ET. The series will conclude on Sunday at 2 p.m. ET.

Saturday's contest will be the first to be aired on 1010XL as Barry Milligan returns for his second season as "The Voice of the Dolphins."

Lipscomb has scheduled to show Friday and Sunday's contest live through ASun.TV, which can be seen on JUDolphins.com

All three games can be followed through Gametracker on JUDolphins.com.

Weekend warriors

With the NCAA baseball schedule being shortened by a month, teams have been forced to rework their pitching rotations.

All schools play as many five games during the week and five starters are needed to go at least 5-7 innings to save the bullpen.

JU's weekend rotation of junior Tim Brown, sophomore Carson Andrew and senior Matt Dobbins are fitting the bill and then some.

Brown is 2-0 with a 3.45 ERA in 15.2 innings and is holding opponents to a .265 batting average.

Andrew is 3-0 with a 3.63 ERA in 17.1 innings and is holding opponents to a .235 batting average.

Dobbins is also 2-0 but sports a team- leading 1.93 ERA in 18.2 innings and a .243 batting average while also hurling two scoreless outings.

Setting the table

Senior center fielder Kevin Ferreira and junior left fielder Kyle Fleming have made the Dolphin offense go in 2008.

Batting 1-2 in the top of the order all season, the duo has combined for 42 hits, 43 runs, six doubles, a home run, 35 RBI, 51 total bases, seven sacrifice bunts an d16 stolen bases.

Ferreira, the lead-off batter, is batting .393 from the plate while leading the squad with 23 runs, 22 hits and 10 stolen bases. He is also sparking JU's 13-game first inning scoring streak by reaching base in 17-of-23 opportunities(.739) to lead off an inning.

Fleming, the two hitter, leads the squad with a .455 batting average, a .576 on-base percentage and four sacrifice bunts. He is also the best at advancing runners by succeeding in 28-of-41 opportunities for a team-leading 68.3 percent success rate.