By Roger Hoover / Jacksonville Suns
The Miami Marlins started their 2015 Spring Training slate with a 7-2 win over the Florida International University Panthers at Roger Dean Stadium on Monday afternoon.
Former Sun Brad Hand had the start for Miami, working a scoreless first inning with a strikeout as he got the victory.
The only other former Sun that pitched in the game was Justin Nicolino, who allowed two runs on two hits with a pair of strikeouts in the fourth inning.
At the plate, former Suns Austin Nola and Vinny Rottino both collected hits, with Nola going 1-for-2 and Rottino going 1-for-3 along with two strikeouts.
Offensively the Marlins were led by multi-hit days from Cole Gillespie and former Montgomery Biscuit Reid Brignac, with Brignac also having two RBI. Designated hitter Don Kelly also drove in a pair of runs as the Marlins collected their first exhibition win of the year.
Tomorrow the Marlins will play their last college exhibition game, facing the University of Miami Hurricanes at 1:05 p.m. The Marlins are expected to start 2014 Sun Jose Urena against the Hurricanes, and the game will mark the first radio broadcast of the year on the Marlins Radio Network with broadcasters Dave Van Horne and Glenn Geffner.