Posted by Mack Ade at 7:00 AM
The St. Lucie Mets put on a hit parade in their season opening 7-2 victory over the Bradenton Marauders on Thursday at Tradition Field.
The Mets bashed out 18 hits against the Marauders. Seven of the nine Mets in the lineup had multiple hits, and young prospects Amed Rosario and Jhoan Urena each went 3 for 5.
Starter Robert Gsellman limited the Maraduers to one run on seven hits in 5.1 innings. He threw 87 pitches, 60 for strikes.
The Mets jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second on an RBI single by Colton Plaia that scored Rosario. Urena scored later in the inning when pitcher Cody Dickson's pickoff throw to first was mishandled.
The Mets made it 4-0 in the third on back-to-back RBI singles from Rosario and Urena.
Dickson only lasted three innings and was tagged for four runs on nine hits.
Champ Stuart hit the Mets' first home run of the season, a solo shot in the fourth that made it 5-1.
An RBI triple by Urena and sac fly by Stuart in the seventh capped the scoring for the Mets.
Relievers Kyle Regnault, Robert Coles and Mike Hepple finished out the game. Coles pitched the only 1-2-3 inning of the game in the eighth. The two teams combined for 31 hits and stranded 24 runners.
Michael Conforto, the Mets' 2014 first round draft pick, went 2 for 4. Dominic Smith, the Mets' 2013 first round pick, also went 2 for 4.
The Mets (1-0) and Marauders (0-1) continue their four-game series on Friday at Tradition Field. First pitch is 6:30 p.m. and there will be a postgame fireworks show. - team press release