LMU baseball will holds its annual Fall World Series this week.
LMU will host UCLA today at 6 pm.
LMU and Gonzaga both have 5-1 records and sit atop the WCC headed into the weekend.
LMU has won 11 of its last 12 games overall.
LMU will host Long Beach State at 6 pm tonight.
Sixth-year head coach Jason Gill previews the 2014 LMU baseball season.
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.
2015 WCC Baseball Championship - Championship Game vs. Pepperdine
2015 WCC Baseball Championship - Game 1 vs. USD
Non-conference match-up from Page Stadium
Series finale from Page Stadium.
WCC opener at Page Stadium on Mar. 13, 2015
Bryant Ward begins his fifth season as an assistant coach with the Lions in 2015 after joining the LMU coaching staff in 2011 as the Recruiting Coordinator, Infield Coach, and Third Base Coach. This past season, Ward added the title of hitting coach to his duties. In Ward's first season as LMU's hitting coach, the Lions showed a substantial jump in all major offensive categories, including posting their highest team batting average in the BBCORE era and the third-best in the state of California for 2014. Ward's defense, highlighted by 2014 WCC Defensive Player of the Year David Fletcher, also put on quite the show in 2014, managing an LMU-record .973 fielding percentage (second in the WCC) and 53 double plays turned to lead the WCC and state of California.
LMU Assistant Coach (2011 - Current):
113-103 Overall Record with Ward on Staff
32-24 Record in 2014 - Best LMU Record Since 2004
22 All-West Coast Conference Selections
2 First Team National Freshman All-American Selections (2014) - 1 of 3 Schools to Accomplish (Miami/Vanderbilt)
8 Players Drafted
LMU Recruiting Coordinator (2011 - Current):
Ward began to establish himself as one of the nation's top recruiters when he brought a 2011 Top-25 recruiting class (#23 by Baseball America) to LMU in just his first year - the first Top-25 class in 15 years for the Lions
Ward's 2013 class was ranked #22 in the country according to Baseball America, giving the Lions two Top-25 classes in three years
Two of Ward's four recruiting classes at LMU have been ranked in the Top-25 in the country according to Baseball America
LMU is one of only six private schools that have had a Top-25 recruiting class in two of the last four years (LMU | Miami | Stanford | TCU | USC | Vanderbilt)*
Only two Non-BCS schools have had a Top-25 recruiting class in two of the last four years (LMU | Cal State Fullerton)*
LMU is the only non-BCS private school to have a Top-25 recruiting class in two of the last four years*
LMU is the only WCC school to have a Top-25 recruiting class in two of the last four years*
* - Based on Baseball America Rankings
Days in South Florida (2007 - 2010):
Served as USF's hitting coach, third base coach, and was in charge of overall development for position players
The year prior to Ward's arrival at USF, the Bulls posted a 23-35 record with a .268 batting average
In Ward's four years in Tampa, the Bulls had a 125-110 overall record and a team batting average of .295
The 2009 squad hit .315 - the highest team batting average since 1997
Two hitters posted consecutive individual BIG EAST batting titles in 2008 and 2009
Four hitters earned Freshman All-American honors, including Ryan Lockwood who was named 2008 College Baseball News Freshman of the Year
27 Bulls were selected in the MLB draft during Ward's four years
History with Coach Gill (2005 - 2006):
Ward and LMU Head Coach Jason Gill worked together with the Cal State Fullerton baseball program in 2005 and 2006
With Gill and Ward at Cal State Fullerton, the Titans compiled a two-year record of 96-33, and advanced to the College World Series in 2006
The Titans finished the 2006 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
In their two years together at Cal State Fullerton, 31 players were selected in the MLB draft, with six reaching the Major Leagues
Four-year letterman at East Carolina University
Ward helped guide the Pirates to a 182-67 record and four consecutive NCAA Regionals (three #1 seeds | one #2 seed) and a 2001 Super Regional
Left ECU in 2002 as the winningest player in school history
Finished his ECU career ranked fifth in games played (194), seventh in at-bats (687), and third in doubles (50)
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 in 2001, earning the school's first-ever national seed (No. 7)
As a senior team captain in 2002, Ward guided East Carolina to a 43-20-1 record - the Pirates earned a No. 24 national ranking, secured their first-ever Conference USA Tournament title, and notched their fourth-straight NCAA postseason appearance
Ward and his wife, Anna, reside in Hermosa Beach with their daughter, Harper Iris Ward (3), and son, Jackson Bryant Ward (1)
Earned a Communication Degree from East Carolina University in 2003
Born and raised in Greenville, N.C.
Ward currently wears the #23 uniform in honor of his college coach, the late Keith LeClair
Six players on Ward's East Carolina team are currently Division I college baseball coaches
In Ward's 10-year career at the Division I level, 71 of his former players have gone on to careers in professional baseball - 8 have reached the Major Leagues
Bryant's older brother, James Harvey Ward, lives in Hollywood and works as an actor in the Film & Television industry
Ward's younger sister, Mary Kate, lives in Raleigh N.C. and was also a graduate of East Carolina University
Ward (AFAA certified) used personal training to help supplement his pay early in his coaching career
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