BETHANY’S KUBIS NAMED ALL-AMERICAN BY D3BASEBALL.COM
May 26 - BETHANY, W.Va. – After putting together a record-breaking season, Bethany College freshman 3B Brad Kubis (Aliquippa, Pa./Hopewell) was chosen as a Third Team All-American by the national web site D3Baseball.com, which announced its All-American teams Wednesday morning.
Kubis, who is the first All-American at Bethany since Jim Taylor received the distinction in 1995, earned his spot as a utility player for his work at third base and as BC’s closer this season. At the plate, he led the Bison with a .450 batting average and his 68 hits for the year were the second-most in Bethany single-season history. In addition, he had 44 RBIs, which was also tied for second-most in one year at the school, and clubbed 10 doubles, two triples and scored 37 runs while posting an on-base percentage of .473.
As the anchor at the back of the Bethany bullpen, Kubis set a new Bethany record by recording 12 saves, which is also tied with fellow All-Americans Chris DeGroti of Tufts (First Team) and Andy Lowe of Heidelberg (Third Team) for the most in all of Division III. In 17 total appearances, Kubis posted a 1-1 record and 1.47 ERA in 18 1/3 innings, while striking out 16 and walking only five.
Kubis, who also earned First Team All-PAC, was a major factor in the Bison’s huge turnaround this season. After Bethany won just three games a year ago, they improved to 21-18 this spring, earned the program’s fourth postseason bid with a berth in ECAC South Region Tournament and recorded just their second-ever postseason triumph with a 7-6 win over Penn State-Altoona in the opening round of the tournament.
“Brad is certainly deserving of this honor,” said Bethany head coach Rick Carver. “It is quite a feather in his cap to gain these types of accolades as a freshman.”
A biology major, Brad is the son of Bob and Terri Kubis of Aliquippa, Pa.