Stony Brook senior Kevin Courtney has a lot to be proud of in his time with the Seawolves. A member of the 2012 Stony Brook College World Series team, he has made a major impact both on the diamond and in the community and is now one of 10 finalists for the Senior CLASS Award.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
A scary injury ended the first baseman's season a year ago, as he took a line drive just below his eye in the 2013 regular-season finale against Hartford. The senior has bounced-back in a big way, batting .353 through May 7 with two home runs and 37 RBI. He went 5-for-6 while hitting for the cycle against NYIT on Wednesday, May 7, the first Seawolf to accomplish the feat since 2006.
Courtney is a four-year starter for the #Seawolves and has been integral towards the team's success. In 2011, he was an America East All-Rookie team selection after hitting .306 for a team that won 42 games. In 2012, he helped Stony Brook advance to the College World Series after hitting .293 with 38 RBI and earning NCAA Coral Gables Regional All-Tournament honors. He will be remembered for making a diving catch in the stands in game one of the NCAA Super Regional at LSU and hitting a home run off of future Baltimore Orioles pitcher Kevin Gausman in game two. In 2013, he led America East during conference play by hitting .348 with six homers and 28 RBI on his way to All-America East first team honors.
Off the field, Courtney has been involved in numerous community service activities, including taking an active role in Stony Brook's Hurricane Sandy relief in 2012, spending time with veterans at the Long Island Veterans Home, spending the day playing baseball with disabled children at The Miracle League and surprising young cancer patients with presents during the holiday season at the Stony Brook Cancer Center.