The 2013 LMU baseball team officially started practice on Monday, energetically taking to Page Stadium with the goals of its first WCC Championship since 2000 and much more. The practice opened with a speech from fifth-year head coach Jason Gill before going into discussions and drills.
Bobby Andrews begins his first year at LMU in 2013, serving as a Director of Baseball Operations. Andrews comes to the bluff after a successful four-year playing career in the Baltimore Orioles organization and two years in Independent League baseball.
Like he has virtually throughout his tenure, head coach Jason Gill dipped into the former players of Cal State Fullerton file to find a coach in Andrews. With the addition of Andrews, LMU now sports four (of six) former TItans on its coaching staff.
Andrews was drafted out of Cal State Fullerton in 2005, going in the seventh round to the Orioles. While at Fullerton, the speedy outfielder helped guide the Titans to a 2004 National Championship serving as its starting right fielder. Andrews hit .325 for the Titans in that Championship year, collecting 21 runs scored and 15 RBI as a sophomore. In his final campaign, Andrews hit .297 with 13 stolen bases and 23 RBI.
Prior to heading to Fullerton, Andrews was a standout player at Rancho Buena Vista High School. There, he helped his team to a DI CIF Championship in 2002 and was named High School Male Athlete of the Year. Always coaching, Andrews worked as an individual instructor at the ACA Sports Academy in San Marcos, Calif. during the off seasons from 2003-08 before beginning an ongoing role as a head coach for Big Fly Athletics in Carlsbad, Calif. in 2008.
Andrews earned his degree in communications with an emphasis in entertainment studies from Cal State Fullerton in 2010.