LMU baseball will holds its annual Fall World Series this week.
LMU baseball will holds its annual Fall World Series this week.
The annual Crimson/Navy Fall World Series will begin Wednesday and continue on Friday and Saturday.
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.
Sixth-year head coach Jason Gill previews the 2014 LMU baseball season.
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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.
2015 WCC Baseball Championship - Championship Game vs. Pepperdine
2015 WCC Baseball Championship - Game 2 vs. Pepperdine
Conference match-up from Page Stadium
WCC opener at Page Stadium on Mar. 13, 2015
LMU Baseball vs Saint Joseph's | February 21, 2015
Photos by Glenn Marzano
Dan Ricabal, who spent six years serving as a pitching coach at various levels in the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim organization prior to coming to LMU, will begin his fifth season as LMU's pitching coach during the 2016 campaign. Ricabal, who was teammates with LMU head coach Jason Gill at Cal State Fullerton in 1994, helped guide LMU to a 33-21-1 overall record and a spot in the WCC Championship Game for the second straight year last season. 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 Ricabal's pitchers. Freshman Sean Watkins, a two-way player, would also receive Freshman All-American accolades. 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.
Over the four years as LMU's pitching coach, Ricabal has guided his staff to a 3.70 ERA, including posting Top-10 LMU season ERAs in each year. Ricabal is also responsible for developing four of LMU's Top-10 best individual season ERAs, including Sean Watkins' 1.89 in 2015 (third-best) and Colin Welmon's 2.30 ERA in 2013 (sixth-best). Prior to Watkins and Welmon, no Lion pitcher had turned in a sub-2.31 ERA in a season since 1971. Training under Ricabal throughout his four-year career, Welmon posted the third-best ERA in LMU history (2.82).
Prior to helping LMU to a 32-24 overall record and a 17-10 mark in the WCC to claim second place and a spot in the WCC Championship Tournament in 2014, Ricabal and the 2013 Lions finished with a 24-27 overall record in 2013, including a 12-12 mark in the WCC. Ricabal's pitching staff finished the year with an LMU record 3.17 ERA, led by a trio of All-WCC selections in right-handers Welmon, Aaron Griffin and Patrick McGrath (honorable mention).
Ricabal helped guide LMU to 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 a young pitching staff, Ricabal guided freshmen right-handers Trevor Megill and Colin Welmon to All-WCC selections, including an honorable mention nod for Megill.
Prior to joining the Lion family, Ricabal guided the Inland Empire 66ers to the wild card round of the 2011 Class-A Advanced Southern Division playoffs. Including the 2011 playoff berth, Ricabal went to the postseason in five of the six years coaching in professional baseball.
"We are lucky to be able to add an experienced pitching coach the caliber of Danny Ricabal to the organization," Gill said of Ricabal's hire. "Danny has a proven track record of success as a pitching coach from Division I to professional baseball, and he has worked with some of the best pitchers in the game at all different levels of play. As a collegiate athlete, Danny pitched in Omaha and knows what it takes to get there. He has coached at the Division I level and has a clear understanding of how to get his pitchers to reach their full potential. There are few coaches in the college ranks that have the experience of pitching in Omaha, coaching Division I and coaching in professional baseball. He is the total package, and the LMU baseball program made big strides in our quest to be champions with the addition of Danny Ricabal."
Ricabal began his coaching career in 2000 as the pitching coach for College of the Canyons before serving as an administrative assistant at Cal State Fullerton in 2001. Ricabal spent his next three seasons with another Big West ballclub, serving as pitching coach and recruiting coordinator for UC Santa Barbara. While there, he worked with numerous pitchers who would go pro, including Virgil Vasquez who most recently pitched in the Major Leagues for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
After the three years with the Gauchos, Ricabal moved on to the professional ranks, spending his first two seasons with the Arizona League Angels (2006) and Class-A Cedar Rapids Kernels (2007). His 2006 squad led the Arizona League in ERA at 2.39, while he also helped Vladimir Veras to an 8-2 record and a 1.35 ERA en route to Pitcher of the Year accolades. Ricabal's staff once again led the League in ERA in 2007, as Cedar Rapids posted a mark of 3.21, guided by the pitching of Organizational Pitcher of the Year Sean O'Sullivan. That squad also set a Midwest League record for fewest walks allowed in a season, issuing just 303 at a rate of 2.30 per nine innings.
Prior to taking the role of pitching coach with Inland Empire, Ricabal spent the previous three seasons with the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes from 2008-10. While working with the Quakes in 2008, Ricabal saw O'Sullivan post a league record of 16 wins while also helping to develop Major Leaguers Trevor Bell, Bobby Cassevah, David Herndon and Jordan Walden. Add Tyler Chatwood and Garrett Richards to those names, and Ricabal developed many of the young arms that helped the Angels to the best ERA in the American League in 2011.
In his two years at Fullerton, Ricabal compiled an impressive 23-4 record under Division I baseball's all-time winningest coach Augie Garrido. Ricabal went 12-1 with a 2.81 ERA his senior season in 1994, including a 2-0 record in the College World Series. He was an All-American selection his junior season, posting an 11-3 record. Prior to his success at Fullerton, Ricabal was a Junior College All-American at Cerritos College where he compiled a 10-1 record in 1992.
Signed by the Dodgers as a free agent in 1994, Ricabal went 5-1 with a 0.31 ERA and 12 saves in his first season at Yakima. Ricabal holds the Florida State League record for most appearances in a season with 75 for Vero Beach in 1997. In the 1996 South Atlantic League finals, Ricabal tossed eight shutout innings in relief for a game-three win before converting on a save in the nightcap to lock up the League Championship. The right-hander finished his professional career with the San Francisco Giants organization in 1999.
Ricabal, who owns the Play Hard Baseball Club, a youth baseball academy in Pasadena, Calif., grew up in Rosemead, Calif., and was a graduate of San Gabriel High School. He earned a degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix in November 2012.