LMU will play its annual Crimson-Navy Series this week.
Eleven former LMU baseball players have been active in professional baseball this season.
LMU Baseball vs. UC Irvine - March 19, 2011 Photos by Scott Cunningham
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Matt Koch, who finished his playing career with the Lions in 2011, enters his second season on the LMU coaching staff in 2018, serving as LMU's Director of Player Development after one season as the Undergraduate Assistant in 2017.
Koch, a 12th round pick of the Minnesota Twins in 2011, recently completed a Minor League career that spanned five seasons and two organizations. Koch appeared in 278 games in his Minor League career, reaching AA with the Twins in 2014. A 2013 Florida State League All-Star with Fort Myers, Koch batted .278 and belted seven homers that season.
In his first season on the LMU staff, Koch helped guide the 2017 squad to a 38-18 overall record and a 20-7 mark in the WCC to earn a share of the West Coast Conference Championship and a berth into the WCC Championship Tournament. The 38 wins are tied for sixth-most in LMU history, and are the most since posting 40 in 2000. LMU's .679 winning percentage is fourth-best in LMU history, and the best mark since 1990's .726 percentage. LMU lost just one weekend series en route to capturing its first WCC title since 200, finishing the year 11-1-1 in weekend sets. The Lions also dropped consecutive games just three times in 2017, and 13 of its 18 losses came by three runs or less. LMU featured seven All-WCC selections in 2017, including position players Phil Caulfield and Jamey Smart on the first team, Jimmy Hill on the second team, Spencer Erdman on the honorable mention team, and Cooper Uhl on the All-Freshman squad.
Over four seasons with the Lions, Koch hit .284 while playing in 153 games and starting 132. The power-hitting backstop collected 42 doubles, two triples, 19 homers and 100 RBI for his career while slugging .481. While he hit 15 home runs and posted 48 RBI as a junior in 2010, he turned in his best all-around season as a senior, batting .313 with 30 runs scored, 22 doubles, four homers and 39 RBI en route to being named first team All-West Coast Conference.
Prior to attending LMU, Koch was a 2007 graduate of Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach, Calif. where he earned two varsity letters for coach Mike Neily. Koch, who earned All-State honors as a junior, was a two-time All-Area selection, two-time All-League selection and two-time All-CIF selection as a prep star with the Mustangs.
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