MSD teammates Clemente and Gomberg commit to college


Marjory Stoneman Douglas' baseball teammates pledge to UF
Jake Clemente and Jacob Gomberg of Marjory Stoneman Douglas. {MSD Athletics.}

By: Matt Rothman

There aren’t many high school baseball programs as successful as Marjory Stoneman Douglas, and for a pair of Eagles, they now have the opportunity to continue that success at one of the top colleges in the country.

Jacob Gomberg and Jake Clemente, who won a state championship last season playing for separate high schools, will be teammates this year at MSD, then en route to the University of Florida in 2023.

“Playing with Clemente is a blast,” Gomberg said. “We are neighbors and have a lot in common, so I am delighted to continue the future with him by my side.”

Gomberg, who pitched two seasons for North Broward Prep, transferred to Marjory Stoneman Douglas ahead of his junior year to reunite with his former travel baseball coach, Todd Fitz-Gerald.

The southpaw pitched just three games in his freshman before making eight starts in his sophomore year.

Gomberg went 3-3, with a 3.87 ERA, and struck out 56 batters in just 31 innings. He will join a rotation at MSD that includes five elite-level arms to Christian Rodriguez, Derek Rodriguez, Sammy Beir, Christian Arroyo and Clemente.

For Clemente, this senior also started playing for North Broward Prep and transferred to MSD in 2020. The right-hander can reach 96 on the radar gun and is one of Florida’s top hitters.

Clemente reached 0.360 with four homers and produced 34 runs. He had 14 more hits last season, threw a 1.58 ERA on the mound and was named to 2021 First Team All-American Outfield and 2021 7A-12 All-District Team Outfield. With one more year of baseball in high school, he can’t wait to return to the field with his teammate Gomberg.

“We know each other very well, pushing ourselves to our limits,” said Clemente. “He’s there for me when I need support, and I give him advice like a big brother. It is a friendship and a relationship that marked me in baseball but also in my personal life.

After both players hope to repeat as state champions, this time in the same squad, they will each join a program at UF which has the highest ranked recruiting program heading into this season.

The Gators have won 15 SEC championships, competed in 12 College World Series and won their first national championship in 2017.

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Matt Rothman graduated in 2018 from Florida Gulf Coast University and received his BA in Journalism. He is now attending the University of Florida as a graduate student.

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