"When I got out there, I thought I was OK," said Degerman, who threw 24 pitches in the first inning. "I was a little tense at times, but I was able to settle down. I have to learn from it and use it the next time."
The Spikes responded in the bottom of the first when Jose Salazar singled to start the inning and scored on a double off Matt Wilkerson. The Spikes added another run when A.J Van Slyke got his first hit since joining the Spikes on Thursday, to score Wilkerson.
Matt Lane (1-1) relieved Degerman and had an impressive outing, allowing one run on two hits while striking out six through 5.0 IP.
In the bottom of the seventh, the Spikes scored three more runs for the lead and tacked on an insurance run in the ninth to record a thrilling 6-4 win over the Staten Island Yankees to snap the Yanks nine-game winning streak.
Degerman, the 6'4", 205 pound right-handers joined the Spikes team on Friday. The 22-year-old was dominating for the Rice Owls this past season, logging a 12-1 record with an ERA of 1.67 and 150 strikeouts in just 113 innings during the regular season. Good enough to earn him first team All-American honors from Baseball America.
Degerman's first pro start was the first time he had pitched the College World Series against national champion Oregon State on June 22.
Degerman had spent the past three weeks before reporting to State College, working out at Granada Hills High School outside of Los Angeles.
"I was getting kind of bored at home," he said. "It's exciting to be out here and start playing again."