BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – Georgia College Baseball alum Mike Antonini (2006-07) marked his 10th season of professional baseball this year, his second with the Bridgeport Bluefish of the Independent Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB). Antonini recently picked up the win in the guest coaching debut of Jennie Finch, the first female to coach a professional baseball team.
Finch, a former Olympic Gold Medalist and ambassador for the sport of softball, took the reigns of the Bluefish Sunday, May 29. Antonini helped Finch to start her coaching career 1-0 by tossing six strong innings, scattering four hits for just one run and fanning four Southern Maryland batters. The Bluefish beat the Blue Crabs 3-1.
A 2015 ALPB All-Star Game selection, Antonini is having another great pro season, making nine starts and posting a 3-5 record and 2.58 ERA. The lefty has 43 strikeouts over his 48 2/3 innings.
Antonini was an All-American for the Bobcats in 2006 and in two seasons for GC Baseball 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. He was selected in the 18th round by the Mets in the 2007 MLB draft. Antonini earned a brief call-up to the Los Angeles Dodgers bullpen in 2012, a replacement for an injured lefty. He did not enter a game.
The Bluefish are 15-28, positioned fourth in the ALPB Liberty Division.
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