TUESDAY, JANUARY 11, 2005
JU Baseball Schedule Features 10 Games Against Top-25 Teams
Jan. 11, 2005
The JU baseball team will look to make its fourth NCAA Regional appearance in seven years with a schedule that includes 10 games against teams ranked in the preseason top-25 polls. The 2005 slate is highlighted by six teams which earned bids to the NCAA Regionals last season, including four meetings with No. 18 Florida State and a three-game series with No. 2 Miami. The Dolphins' first meeting against Florida State will be held at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville on Tuesday, March 22, at 7 p.m.
In addition to the Seminoles and Hurricanes, JU faces four other teams which made the NCAA Regionals last season - Bethune-Cookman, Florida Atlantic, UCF, and Texas A&M. The Dolphins will also host North Florida in the 13th annual Mayor's Cup on March 30th and will face nine teams from the state of Florida throughout the season. The Dolphins will receive an early test when they play No. 10 Texas A&M, Wake Forest and South Alabama in the Coca-Cola Classic in Mobile, Ala., on Feb. 18-20. In addition to the JU vs. FSU game at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville, the Dolphins will also host the Seminoles on April 12 at Alexander Brest Field, while playing at FSU on April 6 and May 17. JU will also travel to Coral Gables to take on the Hurricanes in a three-game series May 6-8.
JU's 30-game Atlantic Sun Conference schedule includes tough road trips to defending A-Sun Champion UCF and Stetson, while the Dolphins will host a foursome of three-game series with Florida Atlantic, Campbell, Lipscomb and Troy. Stetson will host the 2005 Atlantic Sun Conference Championship for the fourth-straight year in DeLand, Fla., May 25-28. The A-Sun continues to be one of the premier baseball conferences in the nation, sending three teams to the NCAA Regionals in four of the past five seasons. The 2005 season also marks the first year all Atlantic Sun Conference series will be three nine-inning games, as opposed to a nine-inning game and a seven-inning doubleheader.
JU returns First-Team All-Atlantic Sun Conference DH/LHP Donald Brickle (Jacksonville/Arlington Country Day), as well as 2004 A-Sun All-Freshman infielder Pete Clifford (Jacksonville/Providence). The Dolphins also feature junior 1B Gordie Gronkowski (Buffalo, N.Y.) and senior RHP Josh Deel (Jacksonville/Wolfson), who were both tabbed "Players To Watch" by Baseball America for 2005.
The Dolphins open their season at Alexander Brest Field against Florida A&M on Wednesday, Feb. 2, at 4 p.m.