Charleston Southern University quietly made history Tuesday night.
In Wisconsin, former CSU Buccaneer pitcher Tyler Thornburg made his major league debut, starting for the Milwaukee Brewers against the Toronto Blue Jays. He pitched into the sixth inning, kept the Brewers in the game and recorded his first major league hit.
Thornburg was drafted by Milwaukee in June 2010 MLB Draft. He was taken in the third round. Thornburg is just 23 years old.
Meanwhile, halfway across the country, Bobby Parnell, another former Charleston Southern University student-athlete, took the mound for the New York Mets at Citi Field. Parnell pitched a scoreless inning in relief with his fastball topping off at 98 miles per hour.
It marked the first time in school history that two Charleston Southern University pitchers appeared in a major league games, at the same time, in two different cities, on two different teams.
He was drafted by New York in the 2005 Major League Baseball June Draft. Parnell is in his fifth season with the Mets, pitching in 207 major league games.
Parnell and R.J. Swindle (another former Buccaneer pitcher) was featured in CSU Magazine in 2008.