Each regional team is comprised of 13 slots: three pitchers, three outfielders, a reliever, catcher, first baseman, second baseman, third baseman, shortstop and designated hitter. Nate Lape was the team leader in offense for the Herd this season. He was named Conference USA Hitter of the Week, www.baseballnews.com Louisville Slugger's National Player of the Week and named to the College Baseball Foundation All-Star Team of the Week all on March 17. He finished the regular season with a .385 batting average and 74 hits, including 16 doubles, 14 home runs and 52 runs batted in, all of which were team-highs. He added one double and three homers to his total as a member of the Conference USA All-Tournament Team, leading the Herd to a runner-up finish in the league tourney. Lape was first team All-C-USA as well this season.
Victor Gomez joins Nate Lape on the All-Mideast Region team after being named as a Freshman All-American, second team All-Conference USA and to the C-USA All-Freshman team in 2008. photo from HerdZone.com
Victor Gomez batted .358 in his debut campaign with, 11 homers and 47 RBIs, finishing second on the team in all three categories. He also earned C-USA Hitter of the Week honors, April 28 by going 11-for-21 at the plate with two doubles, two home runs and eight RBIs. He was named a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American, made the Freshman All-Conference USA team and was a second team all-league selection for his play at DH during the season. Gomez played first in the C-USA Tournament, allowing Kurt Lipton to DH, and played well in his first appearance in the field aside from catching. Gomez was the C-USA Hitter of the Week for April 28.
Nate Lape, Marshall's All-Conference USA center fielder, was Marshall's first team player to be drafted since 1994 when the Colorado Rockies choose the junior in the 20th round on June 6. Lape is currently playing for the Brewster Whitecaps in the Cape Cod League. photo courtesy of HerdZone.com.
Meanwhile in Massachusetts, Lape and Adam Yeager have helped the Brewster Whitecaps to a 1-1-1 start to the season in the Cape Cod League, America's premier summer collegiate wooden bat league. Last night, Lape homered twice, scored three runs and drove in three runs in Brewster's opening win, 6-4 over the Hyannis Mets. Lape and Loyola Marymount's Ryan Wheeler had back-to-back home runs in the game and Lape was 2-for-4 in the game while Wheeler was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and a double. Yeager, playing designated hitter was 0-for-3 in the game, but opened the season with a 2-for-3 night in a 4-1 loss to the Cotuit Kettleers. Yeager played catcher and scored a run in a 2-2 tie with the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox on Monday while Lape was 0-for-4.
Marshall junior Adam Yeager, who played for Huntington High and the University of Cincinnati before returning home in 2008 to play for the Herd, is playing with teammate Nate Lape for the Brewster Whitecaps of the Cape Cod League this summer. Yeager, All-Tournament at the C-USA tourney, was also named to the College Baseball Foundation All-Star lineup for June 2 after stealing 9-of-11 bases in the tournament and 47 on the year, which led the nation and set a new MU record. His 5-of-6 steals in the opening win over Tulane set a MU and C-USA single game record. photo from HerdZone.com.
After three games, Lape is hitting .250, with six at-bats, two hits, three runs, eight total bases, two homers, three RBI and two strikeouts. He has a 1.000 slugging percentage and a .250 on-base percentage, and his home runs lead the league while his three RBI are tied for fourth. Yeager is hitting .333 in three games, with six at-bats, two hits, one run, a sac bunt and has been hit by a pitch. His slugging percentage is .333, and he has a .429 on-base percentage, third-best on team.
Brewster will travel to Falmouth on June 18, then host Bourne on June 19 in a make-up of a game scheduled for Sunday. On June 20, Brewster travels to Bourne; on June 21 Chatham visits Brewster; June 22, the Whitecaps will travel to Wareham; and next Monday, June 23, Orleans is at Brewster. Brewster is hitting only .204 as a team, next to last in the league through three games as Wareham is worst at .194, but the pitching staff is sixth with a team ERA of 3.12 so far.
The Brewster Whitecaps play home games at Stonybrook School and are managed by UC-Irvine assistant Bob Macaluso, in his sixth year at Brewster as manager. He joined the team as an assistant in 2000, the last time Brewster won the Cape Cod League. This year's Whitecaps team has eight players from the Southeastern Conference, six players out of the Atlantic Coast Conference and two players each out of the PAC 10 and Conference USA.
Brewster alumni include: Billy Wagner of the New York Mets and Todd Walker of the Oakland Athletics (1992); Sean Casey of the Boston Red Sox (1994); David Ross of the Cincinnati Reds (1996); Kip Wells of the Colorado Rockies (1997); Chase Utley of the Philadelphia Phillies (1998); and Tony Gywnn, Jr. (2002) and Ryan Braun (2004) of the Milwaukee Brewers. Braun also played for the West Virginia Power of the South Atlantic League, the Class A club of the Brewers in Charleston, W.Va., on his way up the Brewers ladder at Appalachian Power Park, where Lape, Yeager and Gomez play their Conference USA home games under head coach Jeff Waggoner. The Herd was 30-30-1 in 2008, a school record for wins, and won a MU record 14 games against teams from C-USA including the tournament.