BETHANY, W.Va. – The Bethany College baseball team has had two players selected by Collegiate Baseball as Players to Watch for the 2012 campaign.
Junior Brad Kubis (Aliquippa, Pa./Hopewell) has been spotlighted for the second consecutive season as a shortstop/pitcher. Along with Kubis is senior catcher T.J. Zarewicz (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Hills), who is making his first appearance on the list.
“This is the 22nd year in a row a Bethany player has been named to the list, which I think shows stability and strength in the program,” said Bethany head coach Rick Carver, a four-time PAC Coach of the Year. “It also sets a standard for the other guys on the team to follow.
Kubis received quite a few honors during the 2011 season as he was named First Team All-PAC and selected for the Capital One Second Team Academic All-District II. He also broke the Bethany career saves record. A reliable bat for the Bison, Kubis finished second on the team in batting average (.346), on-base percentage (.419), hits (45), and runs batted in (25). On the mound, this right-handed closer recorded five saves for the Bison last season, bringing his total in saves to 17 to break the Bethany record.
“As a freshman, Brad had 12 saves and was 8th in the nation in hitting with a .455 batting average. Last year he put up good numbers again and set the Bethany record in career saves,” commented the Bison head coach. “So it just shows you that he is very deserving of this preseason honor. There’s not a team around who wouldn’t want a ‘Brad Kubis.’”
A biology major, Brad is the son of Robert & Terri Kubis of Aliquippa, Pa.
Zarewicz has made his first appearance on the list after an extremely successful season and being honored as Second Team All-PAC in 2011. Zarewicz topped almost all offensive categories for the Bison in 2011 including batting average (.383), on-base percentage (.474), runs batted in (28), and walks (16). He also led the team in doubles (eight), triples (three), and home runs (three).
“I’m very proud of T.J.,” praised Carver. “He worked very hard in the offseason last year, committed himself to the weight room and he also had to fight through injury. It showed his physical toughness and commitment and he put up great numbers last season, especially for a catcher.” The Bison head coach commented on Zarewicz’s Second Team honor last year and explained, “I thought he was deserving of a higher honor last season, but in a way this selection is vindication for T.J.”
A business administration major, T.J. is the son of Tom & Cheryl Zarewicz of Pittsburgh, Pa.
Bethany will begin the 2012 campaign on March 10 in Fort Pierce, Florida against the Geneva Golden Tornadoes, a PAC opponent. This will be the first of six games on the spring break trip.