Stet­son alum deGrom shows off his stuff

Orlando Sentinel - - SPORTS FRIDAY - By Roy Parry

An in­jury to Dil­lon Gee opened the door for Ja­cob deGrom to join the New York Mets start­ing ro­ta­tion. deGrom quickly showed he knew what to do.

The Stet­son Univer­sity alum and Cen­tral Florida na­tive turned in an im­pres­sive start in his Ma­jor League Base­ball de­but as he held the New York Yan­kees to one run on this day in 2014. The Yan­kees wound up win­ning 1-0 as deGrom un­cer­e­mo­ni­ously ab­sorbed the loss in front of 40,133 at Citi Field. While it would take six more starts for deGrom to pitch at least seven in­nings, his per­for­mance set the frame­work for a ca­reer that took off quickly.

deGrom, who played at Stet­son from 2007-2010, went on to win the Na­tional League Rookie of the Year award in 2014.

Plus, how many pitch­ers can say they held a Hall of Famer with­out a hit in their first MLB start?

Yan­kees short­stop Derek Jeter, a mem­ber of the 2020 Hall of Fame class, grounded out on the first pitch he saw from deGrom. Jeter wound up go­ing 0-for-3 against deGrom, who threw 10 of his 12 pitches to the Yan­kees cap­tain for a strike.

deGrom went on to strike out six as he held the Yan­kees score­less for six in­nings. The shutout ended when Alfonso So­ri­ano hit a one-out dou­ble to score Brian McCann in the sev­enth.

deGrom, who got the start when Gee was placed on the dis­abled list with a lat strain, al­lowed just four hits and walked two.

He also lined a sin­gle to cen­ter field in the third in­ning for the first hit of the season by a Mets pitcher. The staff was a col­lec­tive 0-for-64 to that point, set­ting an MLB record in the process. The old mark be­longed to the St. Louis Browns, who went hit­less in 45 at-bats in 1914, ac­cord­ing to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Co­in­ci­den­tally, the home plate um­pire that night was Or­mond Beach na­tive Hunter Wen­del­st­edt, who runs the Wen­del­st­edt Um­pire School in Vo­lu­sia County. deGrom, who was born in DeLand and grew up in DeLeon Springs, at­tended Cal­vary Chris­tian Academy in Or­mond Beach.

At Stet­son, deGrom played his first two sea­sons as an in­fielder be­fore mak­ing his pitch­ing de­but dur­ing his ju­nior season.

COREY SIPKIN/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Stet­son alum and Cen­tral Florida na­tive Ja­cob deGrom struck out six and held the Yan­kees to one run May 15, 2014.

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