Lubisich posts another impressive season in pro baseball

For the second year in a row, Nik Lubisich ’01 put up impressive numbers as a pitcher for a Chicago White Sox minor league baseball team.

This past summer, the lefty went 9-3 with a 2.71 ERA for the long-season Class A Kannapolis (N.C.) Intimidators of the South Atlantic League. In 122.2 innings, he allowed 123 hits and 26 walks while striking out 81 batters.

His earned run average (ERA) was the best on the team among starters and his win total was second on the squad behind Ryan Wing’s 12 victories. In 13 starts, Lubisich tossed two complete games, including one two-hitter.

A year ago after being drafted, Lubisich went 5-2 with a 2.83 ERA for the Bristol (Va.) Sox of the Appalachian League — a rookie-level league. During that season, he beat former Sporting News Minor League Player of the Year Rick Ankiel in a head-to-head match-up of starting pitchers.

Lubisich was a two-time Northwest Conference MVP in baseball and led the NWC in scoring in the 2000-01 basketball season. The West Linn High School product won the Ad Rutschman Small College Male Athlete of the Year honor during the Oregon Sports Awards last February.

Two other Bearcats are still playing pro baseball. Mitch Gregg ’99 played last summer for the Visalia Oaks in the Class A California League and Garet Luebbert ’00 played for the Evansville Otters of the Frontier League. The Frontier League is not directly affiliated with Major League Baseball.