After dropping a mid-week contest to College of Charleston, the JU baseball team (10-7, 3-0) will return to conference action against cross-town rival UNF (9-9, 0-0) beginning at Harmon Stadium on Friday at 7 p.m.
The second game of the SunTrust River City Rumble will be played at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville at 1 p.m. before the series finale on Sunday at 1 p.m. back at Harmon Stadium.
JU leads the all-time series 24-11, including a 14-4 record at Harmon Stadium. Last season, JU claimed the series 2-1, including head coach Terry Alexander’s 600th career win in the series finale.
The all three games of the series can be followed through LiveStats while the Harmon Stadium games can be viewed on ASun.TV by logging onto JUDolphins.com. JU radio was orginally scheduled for the contest at the Baseball Grounds but has been cancelled due to the JU men’s basketball team playing its second round game in the NIT at Texas Tech. UNF’s radio broadcast for Friday has been cancelled due to Florida State playing in the NCAA Tournament. Saturday’s UNF broadcast can be heard on 1320AM while Sunday’s game is still to be determined depending on FSU’s result from Friday.
JU recently completed a stretch of eight games in nine days and finished 6-2 during that span...after scoring first in only two of its first 11 games, the Dolphins have now crossed the plate first in four of their last six...after committing 22 errors in its first nine games (2.4 epg), JU has only seven errors in its last eight (0. epg), including no errors in four games...the Dolphins are 4-6 in their last 10 games against ranked opponents.
Producing more than just cheese
Thus far in 2010, the Wisconsin freshman duo of Dan Gulbransen and Adam Brett Walker are making Dolphin fans contemplate Cheesehead gear despite the Jacksonville Jaguars living across the St. John’s River. Gulbransen, a center fielder from Appleton, is fourth on the squad with a .377 batting average and third with 36 total bases and a .679 slugging percentage. He also leads the team with a .566 on-base percentage and is third with 20 hits, fiver doubles and and lead the team with 18 RBI. Walker, an OF/DH from Milwaukee, is second on the squad with 17 RBI and third with a .383 batting average and five doubles. He leads the squad with five home runs and an .809 slugging percentage.
Arms making their way back
The Dolphin pitching staff was not at 100 percent at the start of the season but things are slowly working towards that goal. Junior Matt Loosen was sidelined the first two weeks with a knee injury but has made three appearances and two starts since Feb. 28. Junior Sean Green has been slowed by a shoulder injury and also missed the first two weeks. He made his first start on a limited pitch count on Feb. 28 and has made two relief appearance since then. Sophomore Steve Eagerton missed all of last season after recovering from elbow surgery. After two weeks, he made his first collegiate start against Wagner on March 6. Senior Kyle Kriech will make his 2010 debut with a start in game two of the series against UNF.