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Lions Release 2017 Baseball Schedule

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Preparing for his ninth season at the helm of the LMU baseball program, head coach Jason Gill recently announced a 2017 schedule that features 54 games, including 24 home contests. The Lions will play 13 regular-season games against teams that reached the 2016 NCAA Tournament, including beginning the year with a three-game series at 2016 College World Series qualifier UC Santa Barbara on February 17. Read More

Jason Gill

 

Head Coach

2017 marked the ninth year at the helm of the LMU baseball program for head coach Jason Gill, as LMU's head coach guided the Lions to the 2017 West Coast Conference Championship and its third appearance in the last four years at the WCC Championship Tournament.

Under Gill's guidance, LMU has accumulated 50 All-WCC selections, one WCC title, four Freshmen All-Americans, one Collegiate Baseball All-American, two WCC Defensive Players of the Year, a WCC Pitcher of the Year, an ABCA All-West Region selection, two WCC Freshmen of the Year, 29 Academic All-Conference selections, an Academic All-District selection, 24 players drafted in the MLB Draft (not including 2017 MLB Draft), and has played for the WCC Championship four times.

Most recently, Gill guided his 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, 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.

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Ronnie Prettyman

 

Assistant Coach

Ronnie Prettyman recently completed his second season as an assistant coach with the LMU baseball program in 2017. Prettyman came to LMU for the 2016 season after previously serving at his alma mater as a coach within the Cal State Fullerton baseball program.

Most recently, Prettyman 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.

In his first year with LMU, Prettyman saw the Lions finish the 2016 campaign with a 26-27 overall record and a 13-14 mark in the WCC while playing a tough schedule that featured just 21 home games and no non-conference home weekend series. Following the season, LMU had two of its players selected in the 2016 MLB Draft, as JD Busfield was taken in the seventh round by the Tampa Bay Rays and Cassidy Brown went in the 12th to the Cincinnati Reds. RHP Michael Silva also began his professional career, signing a free agent deal with the Kansas City Royals.

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Bobby Andrews

 

Assistant Coach

Bobby Andrews recently completed his fifth year at LMU with the 2017 season, serving his first year as an assistant coach after spending three seasons as the volunteer assistant coach and one as a Director of Baseball Operations. Andrews came to the bluff after a successful four-year playing career in the Baltimore Orioles organization and two years in Independent League baseball.

Andrews 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.

The 2016 campaign saw the Lions finish with a 26-27 overall record and a 13-14 mark in the WCC while playing a tough schedule that featured just 21 home games and no non-conference home weekend series. Following the season, LMU had two of its players selected in the 2016 MLB Draft, as JD Busfield was taken in the seventh round by the Tampa Bay Rays and Cassidy Brown went in the 12th to the Cincinnati Reds. RHP Michael Silva also began his professional career, signing a free agent deal with the Kansas City Royals.

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Matt Florer

 

Volunteer Assistant Coach (Pitching)

Matt Florer recently completed his third season on the LMU coaching staff in 2017, and his first 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.

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