The annual Crimson/Navy Fall World Series will begin Wednesday and continue on Friday and Saturday.
LMU's recruiting class, which was tabbed 34th in the nation by Collegiate Baseball, was named #22 by Baseball America.
The LMU baseball recruiting class has been named 34th-best in the nation according to Collegiate Baseball.
LMU will open a must-win three game series with Santa Clara on Friday.
LMU will host UC Santa Barbara on Wednesday at 3 p.m.
LMU baseball recruiting coordinator Bryant Ward talks recruiting and LMU's Top-40 class.
BASE | LMU 5, #26 Oklahoma State 2
2013 Baseball Season Preview with head coach Jason Gill.
The LMU baseball team held its annual Halloween costume practice on Wednesday.
LMULions.com caught up with Head Coach Jason Gill after a practice during fall.
Bryant Ward is in his fourth season as an assistant coach in the LMU baseball program in 2014. Before heading to LMU, Ward spent four seasons with the University of South Florida. Familiar with head coach Jason Gill, Ward and Gill worked together in the Cal State Fullerton baseball program in 2005 and 2006.
Serving as LMU's recruiting coordinator, Ward compiled a 2014 recruiting class that was tabbed as the 34th-best in the nation according to Collegiate Baseball. LMU was just one of four non-BCS schools to make the list, and just one of five private schools lauded. The class was also tied for the best in the West Coast Conference. Establishing himself as one of the top recruiters in the nation, Ward previously turned in a Top-25 recruiting class according to Baseball America's evaluation of the 2012 recruiting field. The Lions came in at No. 23, marking the first top-25 class under Gill and his staff. The class also garnered a spot in the "Other Top Recruiting Classes" section of Collegiate Baseball's annual poll.
The 2013 season saw Ward and the Lions finish with a 24-27 overall record, including a 12-12 mark in the WCC. In addition to a trio of All-WCC selections on the mound, the Lions also featured the WCC Defensive Player of the Year in Colton Plaia and honorable mention selections in David Edwards, Zac Fujimoto and Cullen Mahoney.
Ward helped the Lions finish with an even 27-27 overall record and a 14-10 mark in the WCC during the 2012 season. The conference record saw the Lions finish tied for third. Working with the hitters, Ward helped LMU place six players on the All-WCC teams, including four offensive players, highlighted by first-teamers Colton Plaia and Matt Lowenstein.
In his first season as an Assistant Coach at LMU, Ward helped the program to its best overall record since 2004, posting a mark of 30-25 in 2011. The Lions finished 11-10 in the West Coast Conference, earning a tie for third overall. The Lions placed five players on All-Conference teams, while four were taken in the MLB draft, including three in the first 12 rounds for the first time since 2005.
Ward, who served as USF's hitting coach and was in charge of overall development for position players, saw two of his hitters post consecutive individual BIG EAST batting titles in 2008 and 2009.
Ward's 2009 offense proved to be his most productive, hitting .315 as a team, its highest team batting average since 1997. In his four seasons with USF, four Bull position players were named freshman All-America, including Ryan Lockwood who was named 2008 College Baseball News Freshman of the Year. In addition, since his arrival at USF in 2007, Ward saw eight of his position players earn All-BIG EAST selections.
Before heading to USF, Ward spent two seasons working in the Cal State Fullerton baseball program. With Ward at Fullerton, the Titans compiled a two-year record of 96-33, and advanced to Omaha in 2006. In that season, the Titans finished the year with a 50-15 record, earning the team's 14th trip to the College World Series. The Titans finished the '06 season hitting .313 with 43 home runs, while ranking in the top-five in each of the year's final polls. In his first season with the Big West Conference power in 2005, Ward saw the Titans post a 46-18 record en route to hosting the Super Regional.
Prior to joining the Cal State Fullerton program, Ward served as an assistant coach at Pitt (N.C.) Community College from 2003-04. He assisted in all defensive and offensive instruction and development, as well as recruiting.
Ward was a standout infielder for the East Carolina Pirates from 1998-02, playing for the late Keith LeClair. Serving as team captain during his senior season, Ward helped guide the Pirates to a 182-67 record and four consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances. He finished his ECU career ranked fifth in games played (194), seventh in at-bats (687), and third in doubles (50).
During his freshman campaign (1999), Ward and the Pirates posted a 46-16 overall record and became the first Colonial Athletic Association team to earn a No. 1 seed at a NCAA Regional.
As a sophomore (2000), Ward once again helped lead East Carolina to a top seed in the NCAA Regionals, capturing their second-consecutive CAA crown. In 2001, Ward earned first team All-CAA, second team All-East Region and NCAA All-Wilson Regional honors, while leading the Pirates in batting average (.368) and doubles (22). ECU went 47-13, earning the school's first-ever national seed (No. 7), and finishing just two games shy of reaching the College World Series.
As a senior (2002), Ward guided East Carolina to a 43-20-1 record as a team captain. The Pirates earned a No. 24 national ranking, secured its first-ever Conference USA Tournament title, and notched its fourth-straight NCAA postseason appearance.