2018 SEC Academic Honor Roll
Excellent pitcher with a fastball that sits in the 90 mph range ... has fired significant relief innings for the Tigers in 2017 and 2018, and should be a major contributor on the mound again this season ... was superb on the mound in the summer of 2018 for the Acadiana Cane Cutters of the Texas Collegiate League, recording a 2.27 ERA in seven starts with 47 strikeouts in 31.2 innings ... 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 ... a member of the 2018 Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll as a finance major.
Appeared in 23 games (two starts), recording a 4-1 mark and a 3.67 ERA in 34.1 innings with 23 walks and 45 strikeouts ... LSU's starting pitcher in the Tigers NCAA Regional win over Northwestern State (June 3); Beck worked three innings and allowed one earned run on two hits with one walk and three strikeouts ... posted a win as a starter over Florida in the SEC Tournament (May 25), working four shutout innings in the seven-inning game with three hits, four walks and three strikeouts; the four innings pitched represented a career high ... posted win as a starter on May 15 versus Northwestern State, firing three shutout innings with two hits, one walk and a career-high six strikeouts ... earned his first career save on May 6 versus Arkansas, firing three scoreless innings and limiting the Razorbacks to no hits with one walk and three strikeouts in a 7-5 LSU win ... pitched two scoreless innings on April 15 versus Tennessee, allowing no hits with two walks and three strikeouts ... fired 1.2 scoreless innings versus UL-Lafayette (March 27) with no hits, no walks and two strikeouts ... worked two scoreless innings versus Hawaii on March 10, allowing one hit with three strikeouts ... posted five strikeouts versus Notre Dame (Feb. 16), as he fired 2.2 scoreless innings with one hit and no walks.
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 finance at LSU ... born February 16, 1998, in Alexandria, La.
Beck's LSU Career Highs
Innings: 4.0 vs. Florida (5/25/18)
Strikeouts: 6 vs. Northwestern State (5/15/18)
Hits Allowed: 5 vs. Lamar (4/18/17)
Runs: 5 at Ole Miss (4/26/18)
Earned Runs: 5 at Ole Miss (4/26/18)
Walks: 4 vs. Florida (5/25/18)