Baltimore, Md.—UMBC baseball will honor former pitching standout and major leaguer Jay Witasick, and the UMBC Baseball Class of 2015 will be honored prior to the team's fall game against Navy on Friday, Oct. 7 at 6 p.m. The ceremony will take place at 5:30 p.m. at Alumni Field as a part of Homecoming, '16 weekend at UMBC. Witasick will have his jersey retired out on the outfield fence, and the class of 2015 will receive engraved bats during the ceremony.
Witasick made his major league debut with the Oakland Athletics on July 7, 1996 against the then-California Angels. He entered the game out of the bullpen in the eighth inning, going 1.1 innings not giving up a run to become the first Retriever to compete in an MLB game.
He was drafted in the second round of the 1993 draft, as the St. Louis Cardinals selected him with the No. 58 pick, the same draft were Alex Rodriguez went number one. He competed in 27 games over three years with the Athletics and was traded to the Kansas City Royals. Witasick became a starter with Kansas City, posting a 9-12 record in 28 starts in 1999. He competed for seven different organizations and 12 years in professional baseball.
Witasick saw action in back-to-beck World Series, pitching for the New York Yankees in 2001 and the San Francisco Giants in 2002.
Also being honored on Friday will be the class of 2015, who helped the Retrievers win 34 games, the most in program history since 2002 and earn a spot in the America East Championship game, where they fell to Stony Brook. Members of the class being honored are; Shane Vlasic, Mark Esposito, Robert Hopp, Kevin Ladner, Vince Corbi and Jake Barnes.