Baseball hosts No. 1 Florida State tonight at 6 p.m.

March 21, 2007

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Click here to listen to the Dolphins against No. 1 Florida State tonight, beginning at 5:45 p.m. with the Dolphin Pre-Game Show.

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After defeating Bethune-Cookman on Tuesday, the JU baseball team (15-13) will begin its three-game season series against No. 1 Florida State at Alexander Brest Field on Wednesday at 6 p.m.
This will be the only contest which will be played in Jacksonville as the remaining two games will be at Dick Howser Stadium.
The contest will be heard live on WZNZ, ESPN 1460, with Barry Milligan calling all of the action and Joel Lamp providing color commentary. The Dolphin Pre-Game Show will air 15 minutes prior to first pitch.

Closing time
Junior closer Matt Davis missed the first 23 games of the year after having elbow surgery in the offseason and his presence was missed.
Since taking over the role last season, Davis notched six saves including four in the final month of the season. His biggest was against Sacred Heart to seal JU's lone win in the 2006 NCAA Regionals.
In his absence in 2007, the bullpen has gone by committee and got some good results from senior Justin Young (two saves), sophomore Josh Burrows (one save) and freshman Glenn Witkowski (one save). As a whole, the Dolphins went 3-for-6 in save opportunities and allowed the most runs during the year (21) in the ninth inning.
With the return of Davis, Young can move back into the starting rotation, Burrows is now the jack- of-all trades out of the bullpen and Witkowski will become the set-up man.
In his first appearance of the year, Davis notched his first save after closing the ninth inning in an 8-7 win over Bethune-Cookman on March 13. He earned his second save in as many opportunities by hurling 1.2 innings of relief at Belmont on March 16. On Tuesday, he got number three after hurling two innings of shutout relief.

The Gard-ian
Junior starter Matt Gardner has gone full circle with the Dolphins. A transfer from Chabot College, Gardner spent one season at Fresno State under current Dolphin pitching coach Tim Montez before reconnecting with his former mentor in 2007.
A pitcher and infielder, Gardner had been relegated to strictly pitching duties with a spot in the weekend rotation but things have changed.
After making nine appearances on the hill with seven starts, Gardner made his first start at shortstop on March 18 due to injuries to juniors Matt Lopez (thumb) and Ben Kerr (quad).
Touted as the Dolphins' best fielder entering the season, Gardner proved the statement to be correct by not committing an error in two starts.
Against Bethune-Cookman, he tallied his first hits of the season by going 2-for-5 with a double and two runs scored.
Gardner will be a part of the weekend rotation but will fill in at short when the opportunities present themselves.

Mighty Mike
Senior right fielder Mike McCallister was a nice addition to the Dolphin lineup in 2006 after spending the first two years of his career at Alabama. Since he returned home, he is proving to be an integral part of the lineup again in 2007.
The key word to describe the Green Cove Springs native this year is "consistency". Through 28 games, he has not recorded a hit in only six contests and has never had his average dip below .300 for the season.
Included is a 10-game hitting streak and an eight-game hitting streak that he is currently on. During his recent streak, he is batting .484 (15-31) with three doubles, a triple, a home run, 11 RBI, 25 total bases, a .806 slugging percentage and a .538 on- base percentage. He has also raised his overall batting average over 40 points (.329-.370) during that time.
Through 28 games, McCallister leads the squad with a .370 average, 40 hits and three triples.
Last season, McCallister led the Dolphins with 10 home runs and was second on the squad with 54 RBI and a .541 slugging percentage.

Dolphin Notables
Senior left fielder Pete Clifford had his career-high 18-game hitting streak snapped on March 18 after going 0-for-3 against Belmont. Junior shortstop Ben Kerr has missed the last two games with a quad injury. Senior starter Matt Dobbins made his first appearance in two weeks (back) by going four innings on Tuesday at Bethune-Cookman. Junior shortstop Matt Lopez will be out of the lineup indefinitely after suffering a thumb injury against UNC- Greensboro on March 10. Junior outfielder's John Tiner (knee) and Stewart Kelly (achilles) are also out indefinitely.