MONDAY, MARCH 12, 2007
Pete Clifford earns consecutive A-Sun "Player of the Week" honors
March 12, 2007
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Senior left fielder Pete Clifford was named Atlantic Sun Conference "Player of the Week" for the second consecutive week after leading the Dolphins to a 5-1 record last week to put JU above .500 for the first time since Feb. 18.
Clifford is the first player to win the award two weeks in a row since former Dolphin Chad Hauseman accomplished the feat in April of 2003. Clifford continued swinging a hot bat last week by batting .381 (8-21) with two doubles, two home runs, eight runs, nine RBI, 16 total bases and a .762 slugging percentage. Against Florida, Clifford had one hit, but it was a big one - a solo home run that tied the game in the seventh and set up a ninth inning rally by the Dolphins for a 6-5 win at McKethan Stadium.
Clifford went out of the yard again against UConn on March 9, this time with the bags full of Dolphins, to lead JU to a 5-4 win. Against Western Michigan on March 11, Clifford went 2-for-3 with three RBI to lead a 15-3 rout. He also extended his hitting streak to a career-high tying 16 games after hitting in all six games.
Clifford leads the squad with a .382 batting average, 34 hits, 23 runs, nine doubles, 57 total bases, a .640 slugging percentage, a .472 on-base average and eight stolen bases. In the A-Sun, he leads the conference in hits total bases and runs scored, is second in home runs, RBI and doubles, third in stolen bases and is seventh in batting average.
The Dolphins will next travel to Bethune-Cookman on Tuesday to face the Wildcats at 6 p.m.