Marlins Drop Season Opener in Florence

Morehead City, N.C. – The Morehead City Marlins fell to the hands of the hosting Florence RedWolves last night, losing their season opener by a score of 12-5.

The inconsistency of the Marlins pitching staff served as the vehicle for the loss. Starter Stephen Howell was shaky, giving up 8 runs on 8 hits in his 2.1 innings of work, including a two-run blast by the RedWolves’ Tripp Faulk that finished Howell’s night in the third.

Morehead City’s pitching performed progressively better following Howell’s exit, though. Appalachian State side-winder Tyler Moore then threw for 3.2 innings and surrendered one run on four hits. However, after not hitting a batter all spring for the Mountaineers, Moore beamed two Florence batters.

Tulane freshman Alex Facundus finished on the mound for the Marlins, throwing 1.1 perfect innings, striking out one and displaying his impressive breaking ball.

Bright spots within the Morehead City lineup included Sam Kimmel, who went 3-for-5 at the dish, and Andrew Alford, who was 2-for-4.

The Marlins will play their home opener of the 2011 Coastal Plain League season tonight at 7:05 p.m., welcoming the Asheboro Copperheads to Big Rock Stadium.

The Morehead City Marlins are a proud member of the Coastal Plain League, the nation’s hottest summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 15th season in 2011, the CPL features 15 teams playing in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The CPL gives college players the chance to refine their skills with the use of wooden bats. Players are housed with local host families for the summer and past experiences have been very positive for both players and hosts. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at, as well as the Marlins’ website at Also, be sure to friend the Marlins on Facebook at and follow them via Twitter (@mcmarlins).