With a chance for gold, former Buckeye Cory Luebke took the mound for USA in the 2009 Baseball World Cup championship game against Cuba. The 2007 Big Ten Pitcher of the Year, did his part to keep his team in the game and a chance to win, tossing 4.1 innings, striking out seven, allowing six hits and two runs in receiving a no-decision. A six-run 7th inning for the Red, White, and Blue would break a 4-4 tie and push USA to victory past Cuba 10-5.
The victory gives the United States its second consecutive Cup championship, defending the title won in 2007. It’s also just the fourth World Cup ever won by the United States in baseball.
For the tournament Luebke's line: 1.50 ERA, 1-0, 18.0 IP, 12 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 20 K