MONDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2010
Baseball hosts College of Charleston on Tuesday at 4 p.m.
After rallying for its first win on Sunday, the JU baseball team will continue it seven-game homestand against College of Charleston on Tuesday at 4 p.m. at John Sessions Stadium. JU leads College of Charleston, 3-2, in the all-time series. The Cougars won the last meeting, 11-7, on March 18, 1992 at John Sessions Stadium. The contest cannot be followed by any type of media funciton but scoring updates will be posted on the front page of JUDolphins.com.
Chuck-O milestone Senior Chuck Opachich enters his final year in a Dolphin uniform and is primed to etch his name in the JU history book. A major cog in the program’s most successful run in the last four years, Opachich has garnered several honors including A-Sun all-freshman (2007), A-Sun preseaon all-conference (2008, 2010), A-Sun all-tournament (2007, 2009) and A-Sun first team all-conference (2009) accolades. Last season, Opachich set a milestone by tying Talmadge Nunnari (1997) with a program record 27-game hitting streak. In the JU single-season record book, he also tied Talmadge Nunnari (1997) with 90 hits on the year. He is off to a good start in 2010 by going 6-for-11 (.545) with three RBI in three games against UNC Wilmington. In the career book, he is currently 100 hits behind Ernie Carr (1985-88) for the program record. Opachich (219) is currently tied with Gordie Gronkowski (2003-06) for 10th and needs 22 to pass Rocky Rausch (1974-77) for fifth.
“Wild Thing” is back JU has been in desperate need of a closer since Hunter Davis tallied 11 in 2005 and now the Dolphins have one in junior Chris Kaminski. The Richmond, Texas native joined JU in 2009 after going 6-0 with a 3.86 ERA, four saves and 54 strikeouts as a freshman at Weatherford Junior College. Kaminski lived up to the hype by leading the A-Sun with eight saves in nine opportunities last season while toping the bullpen with 25 appearances, a 2.70 ERA, five wins and 33.1 innings while helping the squad to a 28-1 record when leading after eight innings. For his efforts, he earned A-Sun second team all-conference honors and was named to the 2010 preseason all-conference team. Currently ninth on the JU career list, Kaminski needs five saves to pass Davis and Scott Porter (1996-99) for fifth. He needs only nine saves to overcome Joe Ausanio (1985-88) as the programs top closer. This season, Kaminksi has started out the season as a starter due to injuries and has not disappointed. In his first collegiate start, he gave up two unearned runs with four strikeouts in a career-best seven innings against UNC Wilmington (2/21).