May 17, 2007
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -
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On the heels of its second A-Sun sweep this season, the JU baseball team (28-24, 13-11) will play its final home contests of the regular season as the Dolphins host Lipscomb (27-26, 11-10) this weekend at Sessions Stadium.
The first game of the series will be on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. before continuing on Friday at 6:30 p.m. for Senior Night. The series finale will be on Saturday 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 first pitch.
Dolphins earn A-Sun bid
For the seventh time in nine seasons, JU has earned a bid to the A-Sun postseason tournament under head coach Terry Alexander.
The Dolphins clinched a spot in the 2007 A-Sun Championship presented by Progress Energy after completing a sweep over ETSU with an 8-3 win on May 13.
JU (13-11) is currently holding the fourth seed behind conference champion Stetson (20-4), Belmont (14-10) and Mercer (14-10). Lipscomb (11- 13), ETSU (11-13) and Gardner-Webb (10-14) are battling for the final two spots.
Besides Lipscomb's matchup with the Dolphins, ETSU plays at Mercer and GWU is at North Florida this weekend.
UNF and Kennesaw State are ineligible for postseason play after making the move to Division I status.
Senior Night - 2007
Prior to Game Two on May 18, JU and the Dolphin coaching staff will recognize 10 seniors who will be playing in their final home series at Sessions Stadium: D.J. Ackley, Pete Clifford, Logan James, Thomas LePage, Ryan McArdle, Mike McCallister, Jimmy Potucek, Ryan McArdle, John Tiner & Justin Young.
Clifford, James, LePage and Young each joined the program in 2003 and are the longest tenured members of the squad. The foursome have been through two NCAA Regional appearances (2003, 2006), a conference tournament title (2003) and the program's first ASun regular-season crown (2006).
Tiner, who has a junior status with the program but graduated this summer, joined the Dolphins in 2004 and was a major contributor to the program's first A-Sun regular- season title and NCAA Reginal appearance.
Ackley, McCallister, Potucek and Vickers each transferred to the squad last season and were important pieces to the 2006 conference title.
McArdle is completing his first season with the Dolphins after spending his junior year at Florida State. Prior to that, he played at Tallahassee Community College.
The Dolphins claimed their second sweep of the season (Campbell, ETSU) and clinched a spot in the A-Sun Tournament. Senior second baseman Logan James batted .538 (7-13) with two doubles, a triple and four RBI over the weekend. Senior left fielder Pete Clifford extended his hitting streak to 12 games after batting .467 (7-15) with three doubles and a home run. Junior Matt Davis notched his first career complete-game victory in an 8-4 win over ETSU in game two. Junior Matt Gardner notched his first career save in a 4-3 in game one before earning the win with eight strong innings in an 8-3 win in the finale. JU tied its season-high for hits (18) in game two against ETSU. JU has now won four consecutive games. JU is 2-2 in extra inning contests and gave the club its most extra frames since 1997. Junior outfielder Stewart Kelly (achilles) is out indefinitely.