Feb. 5, 2013
Conference USA preview
With Rice's Austin Kubitza
By Sean Ryan
Kubitza (left) is a junior right-hander from Colleyville, Texas.
He has been a two-year starter for the Owls, going 12-10 in his
career with a 2.50 ERA. After being named Conference USA
Freshman of the Year in 2011, Kubitza was 6-5 in this past
season with a 2.69 ERA, holding opponents to a batting average
of .211 while earning First Team All-Conference USA honors. He
helped Rice go 41-19 overall and 17-7 in league play, winning
the C-USA regular-season title. It was the program’s 17th
straight conference championship (regular season and/or
conference tournament title).
Kubitza was voted 2013
C-USA Preseason Pitcher of the Year by the league’s head coach
and was named Second Team Preseason All-America by the NCBWA.
1. The Owls lost a lot of firepower on the
mound. How does your role change, if at all, as you're now one
of the senior members of the staff?
I wouldn’t say it changes much
pitching-wise. I go out there, give it my all and help the team
win. Off the field, more of a leader role, making sure everyone
knows what needs to be done.
What are some areas that you've tried to improve since the 2012
Mostly using the other side of the plate, throwing in to
righties and away to lefties. That’s something that I’ve worked
on over the summer and in the fall.
3. Describe your experience in the Cape. What lessons did you
A learning experience. I faced a couple guys that we’ll see
this year and played with a couple guys we’ll see this year, so
using that as more of a scouting aspect of it. It was a lot of
fun, a great experience.
4. What have you learned from your brother, Kyle, a former
star at Texas State?
We talk a lot about minor league ball. He said he loves
every minute of it. He’s used to the long bus trips from being
at Texas State. It’s something we’ve both grown up having a
dream, having a passion for. He’s told me a lot about it and
he’s excited to hopefully see me go down that same path.
5. Rank the three biggest highlights in
your baseball career.
Freshman year against A&M at Minute Maid. Last
year playing against Arkansas. We lost that game but I was happy
with how I threw. Winning conference the past two years, going
into the last series which was pretty big, being able to come
through, my team and all of us pulling together to win that
(photos courtesy of Rice Media