Feb. 21, 2014
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MIAMI - Senior Kevin Courtney (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) reached base three times and scored once, but the Stony Brook baseball team fell victim to a couple of big Florida International home runs as the #Seawolves dropped their season opener, 6-2, Friday night at FIU Baseball Stadium. Stony Brook opens the season 0-1 while the Panthers improve to 6-0.
Head Coach Matt Senk's Reaction
"It was great to finally get out and start the season. The guys had a lot of energy and put a lot of effort into our opening game. However, any time you fall behind, like we did tonight, and then fail to get timely hits when you're mounting a comeback, you're going to come up short. We needed more execution and we needed timely hits. But we played hard tonight, and we're looking forward to getting right back at it tomorrow."
FIU went ahead 4-0 after a second-inning, three-run homer by Julius Gaines, but the #Seawolves had a great chance to get back into the game in the fifth inning. Freshman Jeremy Giles (Claremont, Calif.) collected his first collegiate when he smacked a leadoff double down the left field line. Freshman Toby Handley (Whitby, Ontario) then followed with a perfect bunt that he beat out for a single to set up first and third with nobody out.
The #Seawolves were unable to move the runners as the next two batters struck out. Courtney drew a walk to load the bases, but sophomore Johnny Caputo (Toronto, Ontario) struck out on three pitches to end the inning.
The Panthers then took advantage by extending the lead to four on Louis Silverio's, two-out, two-run homer to left-center.
Inside the Numbers
- Stony Brook collected six hits and drew six walks.
- FIU had nine hits, four for extra bases while drawing three walks.
- Senior Frankie Vanderka (Levittown, N.Y.) started and pitched three innings, allowing four runs on five hits. He walked two and struck out two.
- Sophomore Chad Lee (San Dimas, Calif.) pitched 3-2/3 innings of relief and allowed two runs on three hits.
- Courtney walked three times, stole a base and scored one of the team's two runs.
- Giles, Handley and fellow freshman Casey Baker (Ronkonkoma, N.Y.) all got their first collegiate base hits.
The #Seawolves and Panthers continue their three-game series Saturday at 4 p.m. Senior Brandon McNitt
(Chino Hills, Calif.) will oppose Mike Ellis on the mound.