January 23 - BETHANY, W.Va. – For the 23rd straight year, the Bethany College baseball team has had players selected by Collegiate Baseball as Players to Watch for the 2013 campaign.
Senior Brad Kubis (Aliquippa, Pa./Hopewell) has been spotlighted for the third consecutive season as an infielder/pitcher. Along with Kubis is junior middle infielder Juls Leto (McKees Rocks, Pa./OLSH), who is making his first appearance on the list.
Kubis batted a whopping .372 last spring, including 27 RBI. On the mound he registered seven saves, while tallying 12 strikeouts in nearly 16 innings pitched. The seven saves tied Kubis for second place with Bethany single-season record holders. Brad’s efforts earned him four post season awards: Second Team All-PAC, Third Team All-Mideast Region from D3baseball.com and the ABCA and PAC SAAC Male Student-Athlete of the Month.
Kubis, who holds both career save (24) and single-season save (12) records at BC, is on the brink of breaking several hitting records as well. Since the start of his career in 2010, Brad has recorded 155 hits and is just 45 away from leading all Bison. Kubis is also fifth in career RBI with 96 and is 26 shy of becoming the all-time leader in that category.
A biology major, Brad is the son of Robert & Terri Kubis of Aliquippa, Pa.
Juls Leto rises to the spotlight after becoming a major contributor for the Bison as a sophomore last season, starting in 33 of 34 games. Leto was ranked third on the team in batting average at .366 and first on the team in stolen bases with 12. Juls finished the year earning Honorable Mention All-PAC Accolades.
A physical education major, Juls is the son of Jeff and Yvette Leto of McKees Rocks, Pa.
The Green & White will begin the 2013 campaign hosting Washington & Jefferson in a conference double header March 9th. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m.
By Candace Pacheco Sports Information Student Assistant