Oklahoma State Student-Athlete Spotlight: Luis Uribe
March 25, 2011
Big 12 Campus Correspondent
Senior outfielder Luis Uribe has had many homes in his life, and OSU is no exception to that.
Uribe was born in the Dominican Republic and lived there until he was 15 years old. He relocated to Boston, Mass. where he attended Brighton High School.
"It was so much different because I always lived with my mom, so then I had to move," Uribe said. "When I came here, the country was so much different from mine. Things like the weather, because Boston is cold, and the culture is different, the people, and the food are all different, so it was all new."
Although the two countries were different, his favorite sport stayed the same.
"Baseball is the same sport no matter where you play it," Uribe said. "It is going to be nine people playing it. It is the same sport, just a different place."
Even though the rules and the game were the same, the way teams competed in America was different from competition in the Dominican Republic.
"High school baseball was good because in the Dominican Republic I played in tournaments, but I had never competed like they do in high school," Uribe said. "In high school you get to play more games and it is more competition. It gave me more motivation to play because I was getting to compete more."
Coming out of high school, Uribe played a year of junior college at Endicott College in Beverly, Mass. He finished that year with a .362 batting average, six home runs, and 40 RBI. While the playing experience was different from high school, his favorite part about that year was the traveling.
"Junior college was a lot different because it was a better level and there were a lot of better players," Uribe said. "I had a good experience there. We got to start traveling, which was different from high school. We got to go to Florida and New Hampshire and a lot of states like that, and I really liked it."
After his freshman year at Endicott College, Uribe decided to transfer to Western Oklahoma State College.
"The guy that recruited me out of high school wanted me to go there," Uribe said. "They had a really good program and they were the No. 5 team preseason in the country that year, so I needed to go and see how I'd do there."
In his sophomore season at WOSC, he finished with a .388 batting average, 15 home runs and 55 RBI. One of those home runs sparked the interest of Oklahoma State University.
"OSU started to recruit me my sophomore year at Western Oklahoma State," Uribe said. "We went to the World Series and I was doing really well and Coach Evans went to see me there and I talked to him. I think I hit a home run that game. They signed me and that is how I got here."
In his junior year at OSU, Uribe quickly realized the differences between going to junior college and a Division I institution.
"There is a big difference from junior college to a four-year school like OSU," Uribe said. "In academics you have a lot of responsibility here, where in junior college school it is not that hard. Here, you have to do your homework and do baseball here, so it is a lot different."
Uribe started 39 of 47 games and led the team with his .584 slugging percentage in 2010. While he is looking to improve individually, his first priority is his team. This season, Uribe has currently started all 18 games and is contributing with his 20 hits, 10 runs and 12 RBIs.
"My personal goal is to make the Big 12 tournament first," Uribe said. "I am hoping that we are going to go. I think we have the guys to do it. I think we are going to go farther than that. We have really good pitching and our hitting is going to be there too."