May 10, 2007
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -
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After snapping its five-game losing strek,
the JU baseball team (25-24, 10-11) will embark on its
final road trip of the regular season as the Dolphins
face East Tennessee State (26-23, 11-10) this
weekend at Cardinal Park in Johnson City, Tenn.
The first game of the series will be on
Friday at 6:30 p.m. before continuing on Saturday at
6:30 p.m. The series finale will be on Sunday at 1 p.m.
All three games can be heard live on
WZNZ, AM 1460 with Barry Milligan calling all of the
action and Josh Ellis providing color analysis. The
Dolphin Pre-Game show will begin 15 minutes before
Pete makes it three
Senior left fielder Pete Clifford did not start
the 2007 season the way he planned but has bounced
back in a major way.
A preseason all-conference selection,
Clifford had managed only a .194 batting average (7-
for-36) and five RBI in his first nine games this season.
On March 5, he earned A-Sun "Player of
the Week" honors after successfully raised his batting
average from .194 to .382 since Feb. 18.
On March 12, he earned consecutive A-
Sun POW honors to become the first A-Sun player to
earn back-to-back honors since former Dolphin Chad
Hauseman accomplished the feat in April of 2003.
Clifford joined another club on May 7 by
earning weekly conference honors again. He is the
first Dolphin to accomplish the feat since Hauseman
in 2003 and is the first A-Sun player to do so since
Adam Godwin of Troy in 2005.
February blues are not uncommon for
Clifford after hitting only .185 through seven games as
a junior in 2006. The trend didn't stick very long as he
rebounded with a 14-game hitting streak to raise his
average more than 70 points to .357.
Clifford, who leads the squad in 13
offensive categories, is off the charts in his last 10
games by batting .417 (15-36) with three doubles,
three home runs and nine RBI. His home run (10) and
RBI (51) totals are also a career high
With a 9-8 win over UNF in 10 innings on
Sunday, the Dolphins snapped a five-game losing
streak and avoided its first conference sweep of the
JU is now 2-2 in extra inning contests and gave
the club its most extra frames since 1997.
JU finished the weekend series against UNF with
11 errors and 12 unearned runs.
Junior Matt Davis made his first start of the
season and garnered a no-decision after allowing four
runs on six hits with a career-high tying seven
strikeouts in a career-high seven innings of work.
Junior outfielder Stewart Kelly (achilles) and
junior outfielder John Tiner (neck) are out indefinitely.