MU's Nate Lape Makes National POY Watch List

Lubbock, Texas – The College Baseball Foundation is proud to announce its partnership with Mizuno to bring you the pre-season release of the 2009 Brooks Wallace Player of the Year Watch List. The Wallace Award is presented annually to the nation's top collegiate baseball player in conjunction with the College Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremonies. Marshall's Nate Lape is on this year's list.

In the 2008 season that saw Marshall finish as runner-up in Conference USA, Lape started 58 of 59 games. He registered a team-high .388 batting average and was selected in the 20th round of the 2008 Major League Baseball First-Year Player by the Colorado Rockies (picked 617 overall). Lape was a first-team All-C-USA selection and was named First-Team All-Mideast Region. 2008 C-USA All-Tournament selection, leading Marshall to the championship game against Houston. The Herd lost to the Cougars in the title game, started just one hour after Marshall defeated Southern Miss for a third win in two days. The final was 3-2 UH, as the Herd allowed an unearned run in the top of the eighth.

Lape earned Louisville Slugger's National Player of the Week honors in addition to Conference USA Hitter of the Week for his performance against Valparaiso and VMI. He finished the year second all-time for single-season total base category with 151 and single-season hits (83). Lape was third all-time for single-season games played at Marshall (59), as well as third with 63 single-season runs batted in, , third for single-season runs scored (62). He is fifth for single-season home runs with 17 and single-season stolen bases (20), while career slugging percentage of .610 (team-best .706 slugging clip in 2007) ranks eighth all-time.

Last season Lape drilled 17 doubles, earned 31 free-passes (including four intentional walks) and recorded 22 multi-hit games. In 2007, Lape registered a team-best .513 slugging percentage, had 20 RBI, four homers, 10 doubles and had multiple RBI in six games.

Prior to Marshall, Lape played in nine games for North Carolina, with two hits in six at-bats on team that advanced to championship series of College World Series before transferring to Marshall. He was a two-time first-team all-state selection and led high school team to Class C New York state title as junior (first state title in school history) and was named state MVP. The 6-foot-5 Lape also played basketball four years. He is the sson of Herb and Irene Lape, and his father rowed at Princeton. He is majoring in History.

Nate Lape, Marshall's All-Conference USA center fielder, is one of 64 players named to the Wallace "Watch List" for the National Player of the Year Award. photo courtesy of

The 2009 award banquet will be at 7 p.m., Thursday, July 2, in the United Spirit Arena on the campus of Texas Tech University to announce the National Collegiate Baseball Player of the Year. There are a dozen players returning to the "Wallace Watch List" who were a part of the 2008 Brooks Wallace Watch List of 64. The list includes Josh Phegley (Indiana), Chris Dominguez (Louisville) and Stephen Strasburg (San Diego), while UNC has three returners: Alex White, Kyle Seager and 2008 Brooks Wallace Award semi-finalist Dustin Ackley.

"We look forward to another great year of college baseball. The College Baseball Foundation continues to expand in many areas and we are excited to acknowledge and award achievements and outstanding character on and off the diamond," said Raymond Richardson, chairman of Brooks Wallace National Player of the Year Award. The Wallace Award is dedicated to the memory of former Texas Tech player and assistant coach Brooks Wallace. Wallace was a slick-fielding shortstop at Texas Tech from 1977 to 1980. A four-year starter, he was named All-Southwest Conference and All-District his senior year. He led the Red Raiders to their first-ever appearance in the Southwest Conference Tournament in 1980. In the summer of 1984, he was diagnosed with cancer and fought the disease courageously until his death on March 24, 1985, at age 27.

Brooks Wallace National Player of the Year Award Past Winners
2008 Buster Posey - Catcher - Florida State
2007 David Price - Pitcher - Vanderbilt
2006 Brad Lincoln - Pitcher/DH - Houston*
2005 Alex Gordon - Third Base - Nebraska
2004 Kurt Suzuki - Catcher - Cal State Fullerton

2009 Wallace Award Pre-Season List of Players
Name/School (schools in alphabetical order)

Brandon May/Alabama
Jabari Graham/Alcorn St
Brad Glen/Arizona
Bryce Ortega/UA
Jason Stoffel/UA
Preston Guilmet/UA
Jason Kipnis/Arizona State
Mike Leake/ASU
Jerome McCollum/Arkansas-Pine Bluff
Clint Moore/Army
Hunter Morris/Auburn
Kolbrin Vitek/Ball State
Aaron Miller/Baylor
Kendal Volz/BU
Hiram Burgos/Bethune-Cookman
Joseph Munoz/B-CU
Greg Lane/Binghamton
Tony Sanchez/Boston College
Sean McNaughton/BYU
Luke Yoder/Cal Poly
Wes Dorrell/CPI
Ryan Scoma/UC Davis
Christian Colon/Cal-Fullerton
Jared Clark/UC-Fullerton
Josh Fellhauer/UC-Fullerton
Blake Smith/California
Kevin Miller/Cal
Ben Orloff/UC Irvine
Christian Bergman/UC Irvine
Eric Pettis/UC Irvine
Drew Garcia/UC Riverside
Kevin Mailloux/Canisius
Shane Davis/CU
Boone Whiting/Centenary
Corey Shaylor/Charlotte
Rob Lyerly/UNCC
Cameron Satterwhite/Cincinnati*
Jake Geglein/UC*
Mike Spina/UC*
Ben Paulsen/Clemson
Kyle Parker/CU
David Anderson/Coastal Carolina
Scott Woodward/CCU
Jesse Simpson/College of Charleston
Nick Santomauro/Dartmouth
Jose Sanchez/Delaware State
Alex Hassan/Duke
Jeremy Gould/DU
Nate Freiman/DU
Seth Maness/East Carolina*
Cory Harrilckak/Elon
Greg Wallace/Evansville
Mikel Alvarez/Florida Gulf Coast
Ryan Mollica/Florida International
Josh Adams/Florida
Matt den Dekker/UF
Patrick Keating/UF
Jason Stidham/Florida St.
Stuart Tapley/FSU
Tyler Holt/FSU
Alan Ahmady/Fresno St.
Tommy Mendonca/FSU
Reese Wade/Furman
Bubbie Spake/Gardner-Webb
Daniel Cook/G-W
Justin Bour/George Mason
Scott Krieger/GMU
Bryce Massanari/Georgia
Rich Poythress/UGA
Ty Wright/Georgia Southern
Bradley Logan/Georgia State
Deck Mcguire/Georgia Tech
Derek Dietrich/GT
Wes Musick/Houston*
Brandon Wikoff/Illinois
Kevin Tokarski/Illinois State
Josh Phegley/Indiana
Matt Bashore/IU
Justin Toole/Iowa
Brandon Knowling/IPFW
Ben Tootle/Jacksonville State
Turner Phelps/James Madison
Paul Smyth/Kansas
Ben Klafczynski/Kent State*
Greg Rohan/KSU*
Chris Rusin/Kentucky*
Errol Hollinger/Liberty
Jonathan Jones/Long Beach
Ben Soignier/Louisiana-Monroe
Chris Dominguez/Louisville
Justin Marks/UL
Ryan Wheeler/Loyola Marymount
Blake Dean/LSU
D. J. LeMahieu/LSU
Louis Coleman/LSU
Micah Gibbs/LSU
Kevin Nieto/Manhattan
Nate Lape/Marshall
Chris Hernandez/Miami
Ryan Jackson/U of M
Chris Fetter/Michigan
Bryce Brentz/Middle Tennessee State
Rawley Bishop/MTSU
Matt Nohelty/Minnesota
Chris Mills/Mississippi Valley State
Scott Bittle/Mississippi
Aaron Senne/Missouri
Kyle Gibson/MU
Ryan Buch/Monmouth
Michael Speciale/Navy
Brian Cavazos-Galvez/New Mexico
Rafael Neda/NM
Chris Auten/New Mexico State
Alex White/North Carolina
Dustin Ackley/UNC
Kyle Seager/UNC
Matt Harvey/UNC
Sheldon McDonald/Northeastern
Justin Behm/Northern Illinois
Jake Goebbert/Northwestern
A.J. Pollock/Notre Dame
Scott Sexton/Oakland
Justin Miller/Ohio State*
Aaron Baker/Oklahoma
Andrew Doyle/OU
Jerry Sullivan/Oral Roberts
Ryan Ortiz/Oregon State
Andrew Oliver/OSU
Neil Medchill/OSU
Tyler Lyons/OSU
Todd Roth/Penn
Myrio Richard/Prairie View A&M
Jack Murphy/Princeton
Dan Black/Purdue
Reggie Keen/Radford*
Diego Seastrunk/Rice*
Mike Ojala/RU*
Rick Hague/RU*
Ryan Berry/RU*
James Hayes/Rider
Sean Olson/RU
Tim Wheeler/Sacramento State
Seth Hammock/Sam Houston State
A. J. Griffin/San Diego
Kyle Blair/USD
Sammy Solis/USD
Stephen Strasburg/San Diego State
Danny Stienstra/San Jose State
Mike Ford/Santa Barbara
Thain Simon/Santa Clara
Brian Dozier/Southern Miss*
James Ewing/USM*
Keli'I Zablan/Southern Utah
Kyle Jensen/St. Mary's
Jeremy Cruz/Stetson
Michael Stephan/Stony Brook
Ben Carruthers/TCU
Bryan Holaday/TCU
Tyler Lockwood/TCU
Kentrall Davis/Tennessee
Brandon Belt/Texas
Brandon Workman/UT
Cameron Rupp/UT
Chance Ruffin/UT
Kyle Colligan/Texas A&M
Kyle Thebeau/TA&MU
Luke Anders/TA&MU
Travis Starling/TA&MU
Stephen Flora/TA&MU-Corpus Christi
Michael Choice/Texas-Arlington
Paul Goldschmidt/Texas State
Willie Rueda/Texas Tech
Josh Storm/Troy
Rob Segedin/Tulane*
Seth Henry/TU*
Casey Haerther/UCLA
Charles Brewer/UCLA
Mike Olt/UConn
Brett Schafer/University of Illinois-Chicago
Steve McGuiggan/UIC
Riley Henricks/University of Portland
Matt Lujan/University of San Francisco
Grant Green/USC
Ryan Lockwood/USF*
Mike Minor/Vanderbilt
Joe Serafin/Vermont
Justin Milo/UV
Matt Packer/Virginia*
Anthony Sosnoskie/Virginia Tech
Austin Wates/VPI
Vin Avella/Wagner
Kyle Conley/Washington
Jared Prince/Washington State
Jedd Gyorko/West Virginia
Justin Parks/WVU
Drew Laidig/Western Illinois
Chad Cregar/Western Kentucky
Matt Ridings/WKU
Brian Stroud/Western Michigan
Shawn Wozniak/Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Jake Williams/Wofford
Alex Kaminsky/Wright State
Jeff Mercer/WSU
Quentin Cate/WSU

* - Marshall 2009 Opponent

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