- Former Saint Xavier University baseball standout Luke
Gregerson '06, current relief pitcher for the San Diego Padres, was the
featured guest at a special SXU alumni reception held Wednesday evening at the
Hounds Tooth Saloon in the Wrigleyville neighborhood of Chicago. The special "meet and greet" event took place
immediately following the Cubs-Padres game Wednesday afternoon at Wrigley Field
and nearly 75 Cougar alumni, friends and family were in attendance to converse,
take photos and get autographs with the former Saint Xavier hurler. The successful outing, co-sponsored by the
SXU Office of Alumni & Parent Relations as well as The Cougar Club, was
also attended by Saint Xavier University President Christine M. Wiseman along
with Vice President for University Advancement Dr. Steven Murphy.
Luke Gregerson meets SXU President Christine Wiseman
"Saint Xavier is proud of all of our alumni, but obviously
we take special pride that Luke Gregerson has become so successful so quickly
in Major League Baseball," said Murphy.
"This was a great opportunity for alumni to come together to celebrate the
achievements of one of our own.
President Wiseman and I enjoyed meeting alumni and friends in a fun
setting, and it gave us the chance to congratulate both Luke and his family."
To the delight of the Saint Xavier fans and alumni in
attendance at Wednesday's game, Gregerson was given the opportunity to pitch in
the seventh inning. He faced Cubs
centerfielder Mark Byrd with two outs in the bottom of the frame and posted a
strikeout to help the first-place Padres secure a 5-1 victory. Gregerson, who is in his second season in the
MLB, is just the fourth Cougar to make a Major League roster joining Joe
Skalski (Cleveland Indians), Steve Wojciechowski (Oakland A's) and Kevin Sefcik
From left to right: Dr. Steven Murphy, SXU President Christine Wiseman, Luke Gregerson '06 and SXU Baseball Coach Mike Dooley
On the mound for SXU, Gregerson had a stellar senior
season as the team's closer in 2006 compiling nine saves and a 3-1 win-loss
record with an impressive 0.68 earned-run average (ERA). In addition, as the team's starting right
fielder in 58 games that year, he earned both CCAC and Region VII Player of the
Year honors. Gregerson hit .330
(72-for-218) and recorded a team-leading 49 runs-batted-in (RBI) and 12 stolen
bases. He also posted 15 doubles, five home runs and 46 runs scored.