LMU will play its annual Crimson-Navy Series this week.
LMU will open the WCC Championship Tournament on Thursday vs. BYU.
LMU will finish the regular season at Portland this weekend.
LMU will play a midweek game at Oregon on Wednesday.
LMU will visit Gonzaga for a key three-game WCC series.
LMU will begin the 2016 season at #11 TCU on Friday night.
BASE | LMU 5, #26 Oklahoma State 2
2013 Baseball Season Preview with head coach Jason Gill.
Interviews with the player-managers prior to the start of the 2012 Crimson/Navy World Series
The LMU baseball team held its annual Halloween costume practice on Wednesday.
2015 WCC Baseball Championship - Championship Game vs. Pepperdine
LMU Baseball vs Saint Joseph's | February 21, 2015 Photos by Glenn Marzano
Game One from Page Stadium
LMU 5, CSUN 0 - Apr. 23, 2013
Photos by Julie Megill
Matt Florer enters his fourth season on the LMU coaching staff in 2018, and his second as the team's pitching coach. Florer spent his first two seasons as the Director of Baseball Operations and was essential in the development of the pitching staff.
Most recently, Florer helped guide LMU to a 2017 West Coast Conference Championship - the first title for the Lions since 2000. His Lion pitching staff turned in the sixth-best ERA in program history (3.46) and sixth-most victories in a season (38) while setting new program marks in walks per nine innings (2.69) and shutouts (6), and placing third in strikeouts (446). On the conference and national levels, LMU's hurlers led the WCC in WHIP (1.19) and ERA, while placing 5th and 18th in the nation, respectively.
Under Florer's tutelage, junior Cory Abbott led the way for the Lions on the mound in 2017. The right-hander, who is a finalist for the National Pitcher of the Year according to the College Baseball Foundation, earned West Coast Conference Pitcher of the Year and a first team All-American selection according to Collegiate Baseball after going 11-2 with a 1.74 ERA over 15 starts. Abbott logged 98.1 innings and struck out 130 hitters while limiting the opposition to just 61 hits and a .173 average against. Abbott's stellar season ranks amongst the best in LMU history, as he turned in the lowest opponent batting average (.173) and most strikeouts-per-nine innings (11.90), second-best ERA (1.74), second-most shutouts (2), fourth-most strikeouts (130), and seventh-most wins (11). Joining Abbott on the All-WCC team was left-hander Brenton Arriaga, who took home a second team selection.
In three years working with the Lion pitchers, Florer has seen his arms turn in six of the top-10 single-season marks for walks per nine innings, including three of those efforts coming in 2017 with Florer as pitching coach. Over that same span, Florer has helped LMU to a 3.56 team ERA.
Florer was put in charge of developing a handful of LMU relievers and overseeing the bullpen in 2016, including converting left-hander Kyle Dozier from an outfielder to a two-way player out of the bullpen. Dozier finished the year with a 0.84 ERA over his 10 appearances. Florer also aided the emergence of freshman Codie Paiva, who did not start the year on the travel roster, but eventually settled in as one of the stronger options for LMU. Paiva made 11 total appearances in 2016, starting one game, and finishing with a 2.86 ERA over 22 innings of work.
Following the 2016 season, Florer saw a pair of his pitchers sign professional contracts, as junior J.D. Busfield was selected in the 7th round of the draft by the Tampa Bay Rays. Michael Silva, who Florer helped develop in the bullpen over Silva's final two years, ultimately signed a professional contract with the Kansas City Royals.
In his first year back in a Lion uniform in 2015, Florer helped guide LMU to a 33-21-1 overall record and a spot in the WCC Championship Game for the second straight year. The 33 victories were the most for a Lion team since recording 40 in 2000 (40-19). Seven Lion players garnered All-WCC honors, including four of LMU's pitchers who were under the watch of Florer. The 2015 June Amateur Draft saw a pair of Lion hurlers taken in the top-10 rounds, with Trevor Megill (7th round) and Colin Welmon (8th round) nabbed.
Working directly with the bullpen, Florer saw Silva, who threw only 8.0 innings in 2014, log a 3-2 record with a 2.77 ERA over 31 appearances in 2015. Moreover, Florer worked with Busfield as he set a new LMU single season record for saves with 14 in 2015. The right-hander pitched to a 4-2 record and a 1.89 ERA with 35 strikeouts over 27 appearances and 38 innings of work as a sophomore out of the bullpen.
Prior to his return to the LMU baseball program as a coach, Florer spent the 2014 season serving as the pitching coach at his former school, Mission Viejo High School, where he guided the team to a school record 1.87 team ERA along with helping to develop five pitchers that went on to receive college baseball scholarships from USC, San Diego State, Cal Poly, UC San Diego and Point Loma Nazarene University. Working under Florer's tutelage, Patrick Sandoval was also drafted in the 11th round of the 2015 MLB Draft by the Houston Astros.
Away from the diamond, Florer founded the LMU Baseball Academy in 2014. Over this three-year stint on the LMU coaching staff, Florer's academy has brought in more than 500 local attendees within the Los Angeles community. Florer has hosted events such as little league outreach camps, hitting, pitching, and defensive youth clinics as well as creating the Marina Lions youth teams that practice and compete in local tournaments and national events. Along with founding LMU's youth academy, Florer has hosted more than 40 High School Elite Prospect/Team Camps since 2014. These High School camps have helped expose more than 600 high school athletes, from more than 120-plus schools, to the beautiful LMU campus and facilities.
Florer, who finished his playing career as a Lion in 2013, appeared in more than 70 games over his tenure and threw only the second no-hitter in LMU history on April 23, 2013 against Cal State Northridge. Florer's 2011 sophomore campaign might have been his strongest, as the left-hander went 3-1 with a 2.41 ERA over a team-high 26 appearances.
Florer graduated from LMU in 2013 with a degree in communication studies.
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