Baseball hosts Campbell this weekend

April 5, 2007


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After dropping its third straight Atlantic Sun Conference series for the first time since 2005, the JU baseball team (18-17, 3-6) will look to get back into the hunt this weekend as the Dolphins host Campbell (7-24, 2-7). The first two games of the series will be a doubleheader on Friday at 3:30 p.m. before the conclusion of the series on Saturday at 1 p.m. Game two of the doubleheader and the series finale will be heard live on WZNZ, ESPN 1460, with Barry Milligan calling all of the action and Josh Ellis providing color commentary. The Dolphin Pre- Game Show will air 15 minutes prior to first pitch.

Back to the hill
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 changed a little.
After making 10 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 making several game-saving stops in five games.
Against Bethune-Cookman, he tallied his first hits of the season by going 2-for-5 with a double and two runs scored.
With the return of Lopez, Gardner made his return to the starting rotation on March 31 at Mercer. Not only was there no rust, but he only managed to throw the Dolphins' first shutout since Dennis Robinson in 2004.
Through nine innings, he scattered five hits while walking two and striking out two batters. He also snapped A-Sun Preseason Player of the Year Josh Thompson's 19-game hitting streak.

James...Logan James
Senior second baseman Logan James is the glue that holds the Dolphins together. A classic throw back, James does all of the little things to win ballgames.
He is currently tied for the team lead with 26 walks and four sacrifice bunts, leads the squad with 110 assists in the infield and has not missed a pitch in the field (even with a dislocated finger on his throwing hand).
Not only has James been a steady force in the field and in the dugout, he is also swinging the hottest bat in the last 10 games and has slowly increase his batting average over 100 points (.182- .284).
In his last 10 games, he is .324 (11-26) with a double, four RBI, 12 total bases, and a .410 on- base percentage.
With his average at .182 on Feb. 23, he tied a career high with three hits at South Alabama and has been consistent at the plate ever since.
In 24 games, James is batting .310 (22- 71) with 19 RBI, 21 walks and a .468 on-base average. He has also gone without a hit in only eight games.

Dolphin Notables
The Dolphins have dropped their third consecutive A-Sun series for the first time since 2005, two of those series loses were due to late rallies in which JU held the lead going into the eighth inning (one at Belmont, two at Mercer).
The Dolphins played in their first extra inning contest of the season on March 30.
The 13 inning contest against Mercer was the longest game played by the Dolphins since an 8-7 win over Western Michigan in 14 innings on Feb. 28, 1998 at Alexander Brest Field.
Senior catcher Jimmy Potucek had a career on March 31 after going 3-for-7 with two doubles and his first career home run in a doubleheader against Mercer.
Junior Matt Dobbins hurled 4.1 innings of scoreless relief in the series finale against the Bears, including three consecutive innings in which he induced a double play to get the final two outs.
The Dolphins's win over No. 1 Florida State was the JU's first victory over a ranked opponent since a 10- 9 decision at No. 18 UCF on March 28, 2005.
Junior outfielder Stewart Kelly (achilles) is out indefinitely.