Luke Gregerson '06 takes the time to sign an autograph for a young fan
Luke Gregerson '06 takes the time to sign an autograph for a young fan
Baseball - Fri, Aug. 20, 2010

CHICAGO - 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.

Wiseman meets Gregerson
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 (Philadelphia Phillies).


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.