TUESDAY, MAY 22, 2012
Baseball places four on A-Sun all-conference teams
Despite the tough season, the JU baseball program placed four players on the Atlantic Sun all-conference teams released by the league office Tuesday.
Juniors Dan Gulbrasen and Adam Brett Walker II each earned first team all-conference honors, while Alex McRae was named to the all-freshman team.
Gulbransen was also named the A-Sun baseball Scholar-Athlete of the Year as he earned a spot on scholar-athlete squad. Senior Jonathan Murphy joined Gulbransen on the scholar-athlete team with his work in the classroom and field.
“We are very proud of these guys,” JU head coach Terry Alexander said. “We worked very hard on the field this year, but the wins didn’t come like we had hoped. However, it’s very nice to see the rest of the league notice our guy’s hard work and reward them for it.”
Gulbransen earned first team all-conference honors for the third straight season after ranking second on the team in average (.324), hits (67), triples (1), home runs (6) and RBI (33). He also led the Dolphins with 21 multiple-hit games. Gulbransen hit .380 in A-Sun play and finished the conference schedule with a 13-game hitting streak, including multiple hits in six of the final seven contests. In the career record book, he is eighth all-time in hits with 230.
Off the field, Gulbransen posted a 4.0 GPA in exercise science en route to getting on the Capital One Academic All-District for the second straight season.
Walker II was named first team all-conference for the second straight season by leading the Dolphins in average (.343), hits (72), runs scored (44), doubles (14), home runs (12), RBI (42), total bases (122) and on-base percentage (.426). He was also second in stolen bases (19) and walks (29).
After a slow start to the season, Walker II finished the season with hits in 21 of the final 23 contests. He finished A-Sun play hitting .400 with six doubles, eight home runs and 23 RBI. Walker II ranks third all-time in home runs and fourth in doubles and RBI. He is also seventh all-time in hits (231).
McRae led the pitching staff in ERA (3.43) in his first season at JU, while ranking second in innings pitched (88.1), strikeouts (42) and opponents’ batting average (.288). He was also one of the Dolphins’ regular in the field seeing action at third base, first base and designated hitter. McRae struck out a season-best eight batters against Mercer (4/28) and limited USC Upstate to a hit in 7.1 innings on April 21. He was also on the hill when the Dolphins secured Alexander’s 700th win at USF on March 7.
McRae continues a streak for the Dolphins as they have put at least one newcomer on the all-freshman team since 2006.
Murphy did his damage on the base paths in 2012, stealing 41 bases to rank first in the A-Sun and second nationally. He led the Dolphins with two triples and finished second in runs scored with 33. Murphy finished with at least one hit in 12 of his final 14 games, including a leadoff homer against East Tennessee State on Senior Night. Murphy also had four RBI in helping JU secure the win at USF on March 7.
Off the field, he posted a 3.80 GPA in securing his degree in business management. He was also the athletic department’s nomination for the A-Sun’s Student-Athlete of the Year.