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Matt Cova
Matt Cova

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Santa Maria, CA

Last College:
Arizona State

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 190

Position:
RHP

Birthdate:
11/17/1980

Experience:
3V

B/T:
R/R



BRIEFLY...
Matt Cova enters his final season with LMU baseball... coaches noted his positive influence on young pitching staff in the off-season... stepped up as team leader in the fall... looked strong in fall bullpens... will see valuable innings if three pitches are on...

AT LMU...
2003...finished season with a 0-1 record and a 9.00 ERA in six appearances... made first appearance of the season, throwing one perfect inning against CSUN (2/18)... threw a scoreless inning during a 14-2 win over Portland on March 16, allowing two hits... threw another scoreless inning, against USC on April 15, allowing one hit... did not allow a hit in 1.1 IP against No. 5 Long Beach State on April 22... 2002... pitched in first game of the season after Tommy John surgery, going 1.0 innings with just one hit against Long Beach State (4-30-02)... pitched a perfect inning against Portland (5-17-02)... 2001... made seven appearances before injuring throwing arm... finished with 7.50 ERA in 12.0 innings of work... had eight strikeouts...

AT ARIZONA STATE...
2000...spent a year with the Sun Devils but did not play...

HIGH SCHOOL...
graduated from St. Joseph's High School in Santa Maria, CA, in 1999 with a 3.75 GPA... was a three-sport star at St. Joseph's, earning 10 letters: three in baseball, three in football and four in basketball... pitched and played third base for coaches Dave Brunell and Bryn Smith... was elected captain his senior season... was a three-time all-city and all-league selection... was an all-area selection his final two seasons... finished his high school career with 10 home runs and hitting .400... was the team's leading hitter and pitcher his final year... an all-conference scholar athlete selection... was the 1998-99 Male Athlete of the Year... was a three-time all-league selection in the Los Padres League... led Santa Barbara County in passing his junior and senior seasons... finished with more than 3,500 yards passing, 500 yards rushing and scored 15 rushing touchdowns and threw for 35... was the 1998-99 league MVP for his basketball team and led the team to the 1997-98 CIF Championship... was a three-time all-city, all-area, all-league and All-CIF selection in basketball...

PERSONAL...
Matthew F. Cova was born Nov. 17, 1980, in Santa Maria, CA... son of Chuck and Marie Cova... has a sister, Allison, who attends USC... father attended Saint Mary's and mother attended Cal Poly... transferred to LMU because of its academics, athletics and religious influence... considered UCSB and Boston College before selecting LMU... a business major with hopes of becoming a general manager of a Major League Baseball team.

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