Baseball | Thursday, July 18, 2002
Lubisich tearing it up again in the minors
For the second straight summer, Nik Lubisich ’01 is pitching lights-out for a Chicago White Sox minor league baseball team.
This year, he’s blowing batters away for the long-season Class A Kannapolis (N.C.) Intimidators of the South Atlantic League.
Though Lubisich began the year a little on the rough side, he has been nearly untouchable since the initial two weeks. Through July 17, he was 5-1 with a 2.11 ERA in 64 innings. He’s allowed 61 hits and 17 walks while striking out 49 batters.
His earned-run average is the best on the team for a starter. He has also pitched several times in relief and has appeared in 25 games.
A year ago, Lubisich went 5-2 with a 2.83 ERA for the Bristol (Va.) Sox of the Appalachian League — a rookie-level league.
Lubisich was a two-time Northwest Conference MVP in baseball and won the male portion of the Ad Rutschman Small College Athlete of the Year during the Oregon Sports Awards last February.
Two other Bearcats are still playing pro baseball this summer. Mitch Gregg ’99 is playing for the Visalia Oaks in the Class A California League and Garet Luebbert ’00 is playing for the Evansville Otters of the Frontier League. The Frontier League is not directly affiliated with Major League Baseball.
Gregg is playing first base. He is batting .142, but has seven home runs and 23 RBI. Luebbert is playing shortstop and second base, and is hitting .196 with a home run and 10 RBI.