PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (CBSNewYork) — Tim Tebow’s Grapefruit League hitting drought is over.
The quarterback-turned-outfielder laced a ground-ball single to left field Monday against the Miami Marlins, his first hit in a major-league spring training game. The hit came against left-hander Kyle Lobstein while Tebow was leading off in the fifth inning.
The former Heisman Trophy winner was thrown out at second base when the next batter, Phillip Evans, hit into a double play.
On the day, Tebow was 1-for-3. Batting eighth and playing left field, he grounded out to second base in the second inning. He also struck out swinging the seventh inning.
Tebow also made his presence felt in the field, making a diving catch to rob the Marlins’ Justin Bour of a hit in the second inning.
The Mets won the game 6-4, as Asdrubal Cabrera, Lucas Duda Curtis Granderson and Neil Walker all homered for New York.
Tebow, who is participating in the Mets minor-league camp, was called up to play in two major-league spring games last week. He went 0-for-7 with three strikeouts. His batting average now stands at .100.
Tebow was a surprise addition to the Mets’ roster for Monday’s game. The team said it was short on bodies due to the World Baseball Classic.
As of the middle of the sixth inning, the Mets and Marlins were tied 6-6.