PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - As a non-roster invitee for the New York Mets, former Georgia College & State University lefthander Michael Antonini (2006-07) threw two scoreless innings in his first appearance Friday, March 6 against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Antonini tossed the third and fourth innings as the second pitcher of the game for New York, holding the Cardinals scoreless and stranding the one hit he allowed. The lefty was apparently keeping the ball low, getting five groundouts to just one flyout.
He faced the minimum six batters in his two innings, forcing Albert Pujols to ground into a double play to erase the single he gave up to leadoff hitter and four-year MLB vet Skip Schumaker.
Antonini was even in line for the win, as when he was replaced the team led 3-2. Eddie Kunz entered in the fifth and promptly gave up the lead.
The Aston, Pa. native was an All-American for the Bobcats in 2006 and in his two seasons after transferring from Glouster County College, went 18-7 with a 3.42 ERA. Antonini also fanned 153 in his 192 innings over that two-year span as the Bobcat ace.
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