Lions Sign Three to National Letters of Intent
LMU signed Bryan Berglund (RHP, Royal HS), Matt Lowenstein (SS/OF, Chino Hills HS) and Joel Licon (INF, Diamond Ranch HS).
Nov. 18, 2008
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - LMU baseball signed a trio of standout athletes during November's early signing period, Head Coach Jason Gill announced earlier this week. Bryan Berglund (RHP, Royal High School), Matt Lowenstein (SS/OF, Chino Hills High School) and Joel Licon (INF, Diamond Ranch High School) each signed National Letters of Intent to join the Lions in the fall of 2009.
"We are very excited about this year's class," Gill said. "Our coaching staff has compiled a group of players that I feel can have an immediate impact on the squad as freshmen next year. When considering the talent that already exists within our program, this year and the years to come look very bright for LMU baseball."
Berglund is a highly-touted recruit out of Royal High School in Simi Valley, Calif. A 6'3" 175-pound right-handed pitcher with solid command of three pitches, he participated in the Area Code games and was a member of the Brewers' Scout Team. "Bryan is a player we definitely see coming into the program and making a big difference right away," Recruiting Coordinator Drew Keehn said. "He is a very intelligent pitcher who, at a young age, has learned to set hitters up and has the innate ability to get batters out." Berglund totes a fastball ranging from 89 to 91 miles per hour with a good slider and changeup, and finished last season with a 1.26 ERA in 33.1 innings of work.
Lowenstein is a 6'3" 200-pound left-handed hitter from Chino Hills High School. Described by the LMU coaching staff as a "multi-dimensional player who has the ability to play any of the infield positions and all three outfield spots," he could be used in a variety of roles for the Lions next season. Last season, Lowenstein batted .380 with four home runs and 14 RBI. "[Lowenstein] runs a 6.8 and plays the game with a hard-nosed, `blue collar' attitude," Keehn said.
Licon enters his final year at Diamond Ranch High School after helping the team to the CIF Championship game last season. A 5'9" 165-pound middle-infielder, he batted .359 in 21 games in 2008. According to Keehn, "Joel has a real good feel for the game and is a very hard worker. Like the other two players in this recruiting class, he comes to the field ready to play and get better every day, and we look forward to him joining the squad next season."
LMU's 2009 Opening Day is just around the corner, as the Lions host Utah for a four-game series beginning Friday, February 20th at 2 p.m.