Herd's Nate Lape Louisville Slugger All-Am

TUCSON, Ariz. – Marshall University senior outfielder Nate Lape was named to the 2009 Louisville Slugger Pre-Season All-American second team, as announced by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper last week. Lape, already a 2009 Pre-Season Second-Team pick by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA), was the team leader in offense for the Thundering Herd during the 2008 season.

Marshall's Nate Lape finished the campaign with a .388 batting average, including 83 hits, 17 doubles, 17 home runs and 63 runs batted in, all of which were team-highs. A 2008 C-USA All-Tournament selection, Lape was named to the All-C-USA First Team and earned first team All-Mideast Region honors. He was named Conference USA Hitter of the Week and Collegiate Baseball's Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week on March 17.


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 and has been named to a second All-American team by Louisville Slugger. photo courtesy of HerdZone.com.

Lape joins East Carolina's Seth Maness and Chase Dempsay as the only three representatives from C-USA to be named to the Louisville Slugger Pre-Season All-American squad. Last season Lape 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 son of Herb and Irene Lape, and his father rowed at Princeton. Nate is majoring in History.

Marshall also recently received votes to be in Collegiate Baseball's recently released Pre-Season Top 40 poll. The Herd will play 10 teams who received at least a vote for the pre-season Top 40 in the 2009 season, including Conference USA's Rice at No. 3, long-time rival No. 19 Kentucky and three other C-USA schools in the top 40: No. 31 East Carolina, No. 33 Southern Miss and No. 34 Tulane.

Collegiate Baseball Newspaper's NCAA Div. I Pre-Season Poll (As of Dec. 22, 2008/Teams on Herd's 2009 schedule in BOLD

Rank School ('08 Final Record) Points

1. LSU (49-19-1) 495
2. North Carolina (54-14) 494
3. Rice (47-15) 489
4. Georgia (45-25-1) 486
5. Stanford (41-24-2) 484
6. Arizona St. (49-13) 482
7. Florida St. (54-14) 479
8. Louisville (41-21) 476
9. Texas A&M (46-19) 473
10. Texas (39-22) 470
11. Mississippi (39-25) 467
12. Georgia Tech. (41-21) 465
13. Cal. St. Fullerton (41-22) 462
14. Oklahoma St. (44-18) 459
15. Baylor (32-26) 457
16. Fresno St. (47-31) 456
17. San Diego (44-17) 453
18. Miami, Fla. (53-11) 451
19. Kentucky (44-19) 448
20. U.C. Irvine (42-18) 445
21. UCLA (33-27) 443
22. Missouri (39-21) 440
23. Pepperdine (38-21) 439
24. Southern California (28-28) 436
25. Florida (34-24) 435
26. Clemson (31-27-1) 432
27. Notre Dame (33-21-1) 430
28. Coastal Carolina (50-14) 428
29. Michigan (46-14) 425
30. U.C. Santa Barbara (35-21) 423
31. East Carolina (42-21) 422
32. Missouri St. (40-17) 420
33. Southern Mississippi (42-22) 417
34. Tulane (39-22-1) 415
35. Arizona (42-19) 414
36. Wichita St. (48-17) 410
37. Texas Christian (44-19) 409
38. Oregon St. (28-24) 406
39. California (33-21-2) 402
40. Alabama (35-28) 398

OTHER TEAMS RECEIVING VOTES: Vanderbilt, South Carolina, Arkansas, Auburn, Long Beach St., Oregon, Virginia, North Carolina St., Houston, Kent St., Santa Clara, U.C. Riverside, Oral Roberts, Nebraska, Kennesaw St., Ohio St., Oklahoma, San Diego St., Tennessee, Mississippi St., New Mexico, Jacksonville St., Elon, Western Kentucky, Dallas Baptist, N.C. Charlotte, South Florida, St. John's, Winthrop, Purdue, James Madison, MARSHALL, UCF, Washington, Washington St., Georgia Southern, Northwestern St., Lamar, Texas-San Antonio, Southern, Louisiana-Monroe, New Orleans, Hawaii, San Jose St. and San Francisco.


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