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Tommy Kahnle makes historic MLB debut

Tommy Kahnle
Tommy KahnlePhoto by Rob Tringali/Getty Images

Before the opening series finale between the Colorado Rockies and the Miami Marlins, Lynn University in South Florida never had a player in their Dll baseball program make it to the Major Leagues.

That was until Rockies reliever Tommy Kahnle made his historic MLB debut in Thursday's matinee and became the first ever Lynn Fighting Knight to reach the show.

"It's pretty special seeing how I'm the only one to debut from Lynn," Kahnle said. It's a big honor for them."

Since 2004, the Lynn baseball program had a player drafted in six different MLB Drafts, including a streak a four consecutive draft picks from 2009-12.

Kahnle was drafted by the New York Yankees in the fifth round of the 2011 MLB Draft, which was great news for the Latham, NY native who was also the highest ever draft pick in Lynn baseball history.

Kahnle spent most of his minor league career in the New York/New Jersey area until the Rockies selected him in the Rule 5 Draft last winter. A near perfect performance in Spring Training (one earned run in 11 appearances) earned him a spot in the bullpen.

Kahnle came in to maintain a two run lead that starter Franklin Morales left him in the sixth inning. He said he was both amped up and nervous, but he went on to strike out Marlins pinch hitter Reed Johnson in his first at-bat. He gave up one run on one hit in 1.2 innings and left the game with Colorado's lead still intact.

Once he was replaced in the eight however, all hell broke loose. The Marlins scored four go-ahead runs off Matt Belisle via RBIs from Christain Yelich, Giancarlo Stanton and Casey McGehee.

The Marlins went on to win 8-5 with Steve Cishek recording his second save of the season.