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Kevin Courtney

School

Stony Brook

Position
First Base
Major
Multidisciplinary Studies
AVG
.341
R
44
H
71
FLD%
.996
RBI
33

Classroom

Kevin is majoring in Multidisciplinary Studies and has taken an interest in studying history, technology and sociology, choosing to make those three subjects his main concentrations. He works hard in the classroom and has progressively gotten better grades each semester.

Character

Kevin has displayed terrific character over his four years at Stony Brook and has become a strong ambassador for the university. He has worked hard to develop into a leader by example, always trying to do the right thing. He is very polite and friendly with everyone he meets. He often can be seen cheering on other Stony Brook teams.  During the last weekend of the 2013 regular season, a ground ball took a bad hop that broke his nose and orbital bone and sent him to the hospital. After leading the team in home runs and RBI during the regular season, the injury forced him to miss the America East Championship. During his recovery, he always had a smile on his face and kept saying that he was working hard to get back on the field. He made a full recovery and was ready for fall practice.

Community

Kevin is always the first person to volunteer to help. In 2012 after Hurricane Sandy, he jumped at the opportunity to help an organization package turkeys and food to hurricane victims and underprivileged families at Thanksgiving time. He has spent over 20 hours at the Long Island Veterans Home, bonding with veterans by talking sports and playing games. In 2013, he was a part of Stony Brook hosting the Long Island Chapter of The Miracle League, which gives children with disabilities the opportunity to play baseball. He was a “buddy” to one of the children and spent the day playing baseball and bonding with the child and his family. He also has participated in the Walk for Beauty here in the local community and each of the last two Christmas seasons, he has been a part of a group of Stony Brook student-athletes that visit the Stony Brook Cancer Center to give young cancer patients Christmas gifts and spend time with them while they are receiving treatment. At the 2012 College World Series, he and his teammates stayed nearly 45 minutes after their allotted autograph session time to continue meeting fans in Omaha because they had waited in line so long to see the team.

Competition

Kevin has been a four-year starter on the diamond for Stony Brook. As a freshman, he was an America East All-Rookie selection, hitting .306 with 12 doubles and 29 RBI. As a sophomore, he hit .293 with 38 RBI and was a part of one of the most spectacular runs in collegiate baseball history. He was part of a Stony Brook team that defeated Miami, Central Florida and Missouri State in the NCAA Coral Gables Regional and then knocked off six-time national champion LSU in the NCAA Baton Rouge Super Regional to become the first Northeast Region school since 1986 to reach the College World Series. Kevin was pivotal in the run, as he earned All-Tournament honors in Coral Gables after scoring seven runs and driving in five. Then he went 3-for-3 with a home run in a 3-1 win over LSU in game 2 of the Super Regional. In game 1 of that series, he made a diving catch into the stands at Alex Box Stadium that later was on ESPN SportsCenter’s Top 10 Plays for the day. As a junior in 2013, Kevin led the team with six home runs and 28 RBI and was dominant during league play, hitting .348, which helped him earn All-America East first team honors.