ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - For the 18th time in program history, LSU baseball will be heading to Omaha looking for their seventh national championship.
On that team will be a couple of Central Louisiana products including Matthew Beck, former starting pitcher for the ASH Trojans.
Beck is now a part of the Tigers bullpen. Like many of the guys donning the purple and gold, the 6' 7" freshman has dreamed of going to Omaha his entire life and it’s a dream that will be coming true Saturday night.
“Unbelievable. It hasn't set in yet, but it will,” said Rick Beck.
Anybody who knows the Beck family knows that the bond between Matthew and his father Rick is unbreakable. Watching his son accomplish his goals of going to the College World Series is unbelievable.
“Debbie (Matthew's mother) and I look at each other daily and our son is going to be playing in the College World Series and just can't believe it,” adds Rick.
Matthew turned just 19-years-old in February, but the freshman has shown a maturity both on and off the field beyond his years.
“As a player, he has grown a ton. As a man, he has become a spectacular individual. Just couldn't tell you how proud I am,” continues Rick.
Most athletes hope that they would get the opportunity to play a Division-I sport, but for Beck he wasn't relying on hope to join the Tigers it was his plan from Day 1.
“It’s a dream come true for us too as he planned to be at LSU. I mean he wasn't hoping, he was planning to be at LSU. We dreamed it right along with him,” said Rick.
The star-studded pitching staff at LSU is one that a young pitcher like Matthew can look up to and prepare himself for the potential the role he may have in the years to come. His dad Rick had one suggestion for his son while learning under the likes of Alex Lange and Jared Poche'.
“Oh. I think a ton, but I did suggest that he get Alex to teach him that knuckle curve before he gets out,” added Rick.
Of course as a parent of a Tiger - Rick may be a little biased, but he thinks LSU has a real shot of completing the dream.
“They're going to dominate. What do we have, five games? That’s what they plan to do,” concluded Rick.