Excellent pitcher with a fastball that sits in the 90 mph range ... fired significant relief innings for the Tigers in 2017 and should be a contributor on the mound again this season ... as a high school senior, chose to play baseball at LSU over continuing his football career at a number of Division I football programs as a quarterback.
Made 20 appearances (two starts) on the mound, posting a 1-0 mark and a 3.65 ERA in 24.2 innings with 11 walks, 21 strikeouts and a .167 opponent batting average ... began the season with 11 straight scoreless innings before allowing his first run versus Texas A&M on March 30 ... worked 1.2 scoreless innings versus Northwestern State (May 16), allowing one hit with one walk and a season-high three strikeouts ... fired a perfect ninth inning to close out an 8-2 win over Alabama (April 27), recording two strikeouts ... recorded two scoreless innings in his first career collegiate start vs. Louisiana-Lafayette (April 11), allowing one hit with no walks and two strikeouts ... threw 1.1 scoreless innings at Florida (March 26), allowing no hits and no walks with one strikeout ... fired 1.2 scoreless innings versus Southeastern La. (March 22) with no hits, no walks and two strikeouts ... made two appearances in the Georgia series (March 17 and 19), working a combined three shutout innings with no hits, one walk and one strikeout ... pitched 2.1 shutout innings vs. New Orleans (March 15), allowing just one hit with one walk and two strikeouts.
Prior to LSU
A three-year starter at pitcher, third base and shortstop at Alexandria Senior High School ... collected 225 strikeouts on the mound in 128 innings during his career at Alexandria Senior High ... was ranked as the No. 8 college prospect in the state of Louisiana ... voted the District Pitcher of the Year in 2016 and was a three-time All-State, All-District and All-Central Louisiana selection ... posted a 4-2 record in his senior year with a 2.10 ERA and 87 strikeouts in 56 innings; also batted .427 on the year ... named All-State at quarterback for the Alexandria High football team, throwing for over 3,300 yards and 40 TDs in 2015 ... the All-Central Louisiana MVP in both football and baseball in 2015-16 ... graduated in the National Honor Society with a 4.0 GPA
Full name is Matthew Coates Beck ... parents are Rick and Debbie Beck ... father is in sales; mother, who attended LSU, is a teacher at Alexandria Senior High School ... has one younger brother, Michael ... on attending LSU – “It was the only thing I imagined myself doing growing up, and it’s a great place for my family to be” ... majoring in sport administration at LSU ... born February 16, 1998, in Alexandria, La.
Beck’s LSU Career Highs
Innings: 2.1 vs. New Orleans (3/15/17)
Strikeouts: 3 vs. Northwestern State (5/16/17)
Hits Allowed: 5 vs. Lamar (4/18/17)
Runs: 3 twice; most recently at Tulane (4/25/17)
Earned Runs: 3 twice; most recently at Tulane (4/25/17)
Walks: 3 at Tulane (4/25/17)