Baseball Alumni Game

George Wahl II

Photo by Brett Durda

The JU Baseball Team-Alumni Weekend came to an end with the annual Alumni game. Former players from different states and different decades showed up to take part in the event.

Fans and players of all ages braved the cold to be there for what was a great afternoon of baseball.

“Its always great to be back,” said former catcher/outfielder Chad Oliva (98-02). “I’ve been coming for the past 3 years or so and its always a blast. Its good to see these young guys and help them with anything they need.”

A lot of the guys loved seeing how much the team and program had grown, but also how the facilities have been improved over the years.

“The program has grown tremendously. The facilities are much better, the coaching is great and top-notch players are being recruited. All of this is rewarded by trips to regionals,” said former outfielder Chad Hauseman (99-03).

The Alumni started the scoring in the top of the 2nd with an RBI double from 1st baseman Alex Martinez (06-09). They held their own for a while only trailing 3-1 after 3 innings. The Dolphins then broke out against the Alumni scoring 10 runs in the final 4 innings. JU topped the Alumni 13-4.

Among the Alumni to show up was current New York Mets infielder Daniel Murphy who was at JU from 2004-2006. Murphy was selected 394th overall in the 13th round of the 2006 MLB draft by the Mets. Murphy was accompanied by a plethora of other alumni who flocked to Jacksonville for yet another successful Alumni weekend.

“We are thankful for all the people who came out,” JU head coach Terry Alexander said. “The weather was not great, but I’m pretty sure everyone ignored it and had a good time. We hope to have the former players come back more often throughout the season.”

JU will soon wrap up fall workout,s concluding with their inter-squad world series starting Nov. 17th.