UNLV: Enters his final year with the Rebels ... A dominant right-handed power pitcher who will be the staff ace ... Among the league's top starters.
2005: Appeared in 17 games, starting 16, which matched a career high ... His five wins were tied for the team lead and his 89.1 innings of work are the most of any returning UNLV pitcher ... Held opposing batters to a .298 average, the best mark among Rebel starters ... Was named to the 2005 MWC All-Tournament team after tossing seven scoreless innings and allowing just three hits in UNLV's 5-3 opening-round win over Utah on May 26 ... Earned MWC Player of the Week honors twice ... The first time came on March 14 following an outing against Cal in which he gave up one unearned run in 6.2 innings of work in a 7-4 UNLV win ... Won the award again on April 4 after he tossed eight innings and gave up one run on three hits in a 6-1 win over San Diego State ... Struck out a season-high eight batters in that win on April 1 ... Selected in the 27th round of the MLB Draft by the Houston Astros with the 824th pick ... Named to the Academic All-MWC Team as well as earning the Mountain West Conference Scholar-Athlete Award for the third time in three years.
2004: Made a career-high 18 appearances, starting in 16 games ... Had a career-high seven wins, which was third on the team ... Led UNLV with 98 strikeouts in just 85.1 innings pitched ... Tied for the team lead with one complete game ... Named to the Academic All-MWC Team as well as earning the Mountain West Conference Scholar-Athlete Award for the second straight year.
2003: Made 15 appearances with a 5-0 record and a 4.17 ERA in 2003 ... Struck out 49 and walked 25 in 58.1 innings of work ... Was named First Team All-MWC ... Was named Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week, MWC Pitcher of the Week and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Player of the Week after throwing a 9-inning no-hitter in a 5-0 victory over San Diego State on March 28 ... Struck out a season-high 11 batters in the no-hitter ... Earned MWC Player of the Week on May 5 after holding San Diego State scoreless in five innings with five strikeouts ... Named to the Academic All-MWC team and the earned the Mountain West Conference Scholar-Athlete Award, which requires an athlete to carry a minimum 3.5 g.p.a. while appearing in at least one varsity contest. .
HIGH SCHOOL: A 2002 graduate of Ball High School in Galveston, Texas ... Played third base and pitched for the Tornadoes ... Helped the team to a district championship and the regional semi-finals ... Drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the 22nd round of the 2002 Major League Baseball Draft.
PERSONAL: Matthew Charles Luca was born on Sept. 4, 1984, in Houston, Texas ... The son of Joseph and Doris Luca ... Has two older sisters, Ashley and Lauren ... Majoring in university studies ... Also enjoys playing golf, basketball, football and skiing ... Considers his father to be the greatest influence on his athletic career.