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#1 David Herbek
Position: Shortstop
Bats: R
Throws: R
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 180
Year: Senior
Hometown: Haymarket, Va.
High School: Battlefield
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Career Highlights:

  • Drafted 15th round (471 overall) by the Chicago White Sox
  • NCBWA First Team All-American
  • 2011 Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball Second Team All-American
  • ABCA Third Team All-American and First Team All-East Region
  • On the 36-player list for the Dick Howser Trophy
  • Among the reduced watch list of 10 players contending for the Brooks Wallace Award as nation's best shortstop
  • Second Team All-CAA as a senior and First Team All-State
  • CAA All-Tournament in 2011 after going 5-for-10 with five runs, seven RBIs, 2 walks and hit batter
  • Named Third Team All-CAA as a junior
  • VaSID Second Team All-State as a sophomore
  • CAA All-Rookie Team
As a senior:

  • Drafted 15th round (471 overall) by the Chicago White Sox
  • Named First Team All-America by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association
  • Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball Second Team All-American
  • Third Team All-American by the American Baseball Coaches Association and First Team All-East Region
  • Second Team All-CAA
  • One of 36 semifinalists for the Dick Howser Trophy presented to the nation's best player by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association
  • Named to 25-player watch list and later the reduced list of 10 for the Brooks Wallace Award, given to the nation's top shortstop by the College Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Team captain
  • Collected JMU team honors with Gold Glove Award, Leadership Award and Captain Award
  • Second player in JMU history to post two seasons of 20 or more doubles
  • Finished the season spotted all over the JMU career and season top 10 charts, including sixth career games (210), 10th career hits (254), sixth career runs (189), fourth career RBIs (195), second career doubles (62), sixth career home runs (35), fourth career total bases (439), record for career hit by pitches (55), record for career sacrifice flies (25), sixth career assists (506), second season RBIs (76), record season games (61), eighth season doubles (20), seventh season total bases (154), fourth season hit by pitch (17), record season sacrifice flies (10), 10th season assists (158)
  • Established CAA career record for hit by pitches with 55 and also finished ninth for career doubles with 62 and eighth for season RBIs with 76
  • Placed 72nd in the nation for runs (56), 88th for hits (83), 67th doubles (20), 33rd home runs per game (0.25), 18th total homers (15), ninth RBIs per game (1.25), sixth RBIs (76), 21st slugging percentage (.672), 16th total bases (154), 70th hit by pitch per game (0.28), 29th hit by pitches (17), second sacrifice flies (10)
  • Within the CAA, ranked seventh for batting average (.362), third slugging percentage (.672), 12th on-base percentage (.443), third runs (56), sixth hits (83), second RBIs (76), fifth doubles (20), ninth triples (3), second home runs (15), second total bases (154), third hit by pitch (17), first sacrifice flies (10), third plate appearances (283), eighth at bats (229) and second assists (158)
  • In 30 league games, ranks 11th in the CAA in average (.350), eighth slugging perentage (.583), fourth runs (28), 12th hits (42), second RBIs (34), seventh doubles (10), eighth home runs (6), fifth total bases (70), sixth hit by pitch (7), sixth sacrifice flies (3), 13th steals (8), 15th at bats (120) and seventh assists (79)
  • Preseason All-CAA
  • Preseason All-CA by Baseball America, Perfect Game, and SEBaseball.com
  • Listed as CAA's fifth-best MLB prospect by Perfect Game
  • Identified as possessing best infield arm in CAA by CollegeBaseballInsider.com
  • JMU Athletic Director Scholar Athlete
  • Tied record for home runs in a game at JMU with three in season opener vs. Bucknell
  • CAA Co-Player of the Week, Collegiate Baseball National Co-Player of the Week, NCBWA National Hitter of the Week and CollegeBaseballInsider.com National Player of the Week after five HR & 12 RBIs opening weekend
  • 2-for-2 with a two-run home run and two walks at Virginia
  • Reached in all six plate appearances against Cornell with a double, a two-run homer (his ninth), two walks and two hit by pitches
  • Two doubles, two home runs, four runs, five RBIs, three steals in ODU series
  • 3-for-5 with five RBIs and a walk in Longwood road loss
  • 2-for-4 with three runs, 49th career hit by pitch, and 32nd career home run (12th of the season) in Mason finale
  • Tied CAA all-time record with 50th hit by bitch at Liberty along with two hits
  • Six consecutive games multiple hits, including 7-for-12 in GSU series
  • Season-high four hits with two doubles, a triple, four RBIs, and the game-winning run scored in 12th-inning win over Maryland
  • Three sacrifice flies in UNCG series to tie own JMU season record
  • Three hits with two doubles in Delaware finale
  • Five RBIs in UNCW series, including bases-clearing single before leaving injured in finale
  • Three RBIs including what proved to be 2-run game-winning homer Sat. vs. Towson
  • CAA All-Tournament after going 5-for-10 with five runs, seven RBIs, 2 walks and hit batter

As a junior:

  • Third Team All-CAA
  • Team captain
  • Preseason All-CAA by league's coaches
  • Preseason All-CAA by Baseball America
  • Named a top player to watch in the CAA by Collegiate Baseball
  • Preseason First Team All-CAA by SEBaseball
  • JMU Athletic Director Scholar Athlete
  • Part of #2 preseason hitting combo in the CAA by SEBaseball along with Matt Browning
  • Rated as JMU's top hitting prospect and best infield arm by PGCrosschecker.com
  • Listed as an All-CAA candidate by Easton's CollegeBaseballToday.com
  • Preseason All-CAA by Yahoo! Sports
  • In final 2010 NCAA stat leaders, ranked 46th in hit by pitch per game (0.36), 52nd in total hit by pitches (18), and 25th in sacrifice flies (7)
  • In all games played for 2010, ranked third in the CAA for sacrifice flies (7), first in the hit by pitch category (18), eighth in assists (136), and 11th in stolen bases (13)
  • Ranked second along with four other JMU players in triples (3)in CAA conference play and third in runs scored (29)
  • In the CAA record book, tied for fifth in season hit by pitches(18) and seventh in his career (38)
  • In JMU record book, ranks second for career hit by pitch (38), second for season times plunked (18), and sits two shy of sacrifice fly mark (15)
  • Matched his own JMU season record of seven sacrifice flies
  • Finished the 2010 season for the Dukes with 55 hits, 52 runs, 119 RBIs, 50 out of 53 games played and hit .304 to bring his career batting average to .331
  • Homered and had two runs and one RBI on a walk against N.C. State
  • Had three hits and four RBIs against North Florida
  • Sacrifice fly in each of three games vs. Towson
  • Three-run homer in Towson opener
  • First triple in second Towson game
  • Career highs of three runs, four hits, and six RBIs with a double, triple, sac fly, and two steals in Mason opener
  • Second four-hit game in three days in Mason finale with a double, two runs, and two RBIs
  • Drove in five runs on a grand slam and sac fly in win over Radford
  • Three runs and three RBIs with a double in win at Longwood, capping span of 18 RBIs in six games
  • 2-3 at VMI with a hit by pitch
  • Two hits, double, two runs in W&M opener
  • Another two hits, double in W&M finale
  • 2-4, walk, two steals, two runs at Radford
  • Double, home run, steal, two RBIs, two runs in UNCW opener
  • 3-4, three RBIs, triple, game-tying solo home run in eighth in UNCW finale
  • Walk, hit by pitch, double, three runs in Kennesaw State finale
  • Two hits, including solo home run, at Maryland
  • Two hits and a steal in Hofstra opener
  • Two walks and a hit by pitch, scoring all three times at ECU
  • Hit by pitch moved into CAA all-time top 10
  • Solo homer for JMU's only run in VCU opener
  • Two hits with a double, two runs, steal, sac bunt in middle game
  • 2-for-3 with two runs, a double, and a walk in finale at Rams
  • Added one hit and two RBIs in the CAA Tournament victory over UNC Wilmington.

As a sophomore:  

  • Listed on the midseason watch list for the Brooks Wallace Award for the nation's best shortstop
  • VaSID Second Team All-State
  • In the NCAA, ranked 81st in doubles per game (0.38), 78th doubles (20), and 28th in sacrifice flies (7)
  • In the CAA, ranked eighth hits (78), fifth doubles (20), third steals (18), ninth total bases (134), and ninth slugging (.635)
  • Tied JMU record for season sacrifice flies
  • Recorded two hits, one run, one double, one triple, one walk, and stole a base in season opener against Southern Illinois
  • Had two hits including a double against Kentucky
  • Stole a base, drove in a run, and scored off two hits against Troy
  • Smacked a home run and had a double, scored twice, and drove in a pair of runs in victory over Coastal Carolina
  • Went 3-for-5 with four RBIs and scored a run at home against Liberty
  • Reached base four times off two hits and two walks including a double while driving in a run and scoring a run
  • Hit an RBI double against Liberty
  • Finished weekend series against Lafayette 6-for-13 (.461) with four runs, seven RBIs, a home run, one walk, and one stolen base earning him CAA-Co Player of the Week honors
  • Went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI's in the series finale versus Stetson
  • Had three hits and two runs scored in game one of a doubleheader versus Bryant
  • From March 7 through March 17 had at least one hit in nine straight games
  • Went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI's at home against Northeastern
  • Smacked three hits including one home run with three RBI's at CAA opponent Towson
  • Two hits in each of first two ODU games with a double and a walk
  • 3-for-5 with three runs, four RBIs, walk, and first career multiple-homer game at Mt. St. Mary's
  • Recorded a hit in every game at VCU including three in the finale
  • 2-for-3 with triple, homer, walk, two RBIs, and three runs against VMI
  • Double, two runs, two RBIs, two walks, and three steals against George Washington
  • Had two hits and two runs scored the first game against Delaware
  • Had three hits, three runs scored, and four RBIs including a walk-off, three-run home run to left with two outs in the bottom of the ninth against Longwood to cap a six-run rally
  • 2-for-4 in middle game vs. GSU
  • Recorded three hits with two runs scored and a run batted in at Maryland
  • Tied school record with his seventh sacrifice fly of the season at Longwood
  • 3-for-3 with a double, walk, steal, and run in Mason opener
  • Doubled in game two vs. Patriots and three-run homer to win finale
  • Finished season on four-game hitting streak
  • Invited to Cape Cod League for summer
  • Began the season with a temporary contract with the Harwich Mariners. However, his play earned him an extension for the full season
  • Finished with a .141 average in 26 games in the pitching-dominated wooden-bat league.

As a freshman:

  • CAA All-Rookie Team
  • Made his collegiate debut against Binghamton, getting his first collegiate hit and scoring his first run, which was the game winner off of a walk-off base hit by Joe Lake
  • Appeared as a pinch-runner against Tennessee and Georgia Sate in game one of the series
  • Pinch hit against GSU in game three
  • Went a perfect 3-for-3 against George Washington while hitting his first collegiate home run, scoring twice, walking twice, and driving in three
  • Hit his second home run in as many games against Towson in game three
  • Belted a solo home run against VMI
  • Had a two-run double to break the game open against Radford
  • Had a two-RBI double off the bench against Longwood in game one
  • Singled and doubled while scoring once against Delaware in game three
  • Doubled and singled twice against George Mason for his second collegiate three-hit game
  • Went 2-for-4 against George Washington with an RBI, a stolen base, and a run scored
  • Had a pair of singles against VCU in game three while driving in a run and scoring
  • Had two hits and a stolen base at Radford in game one
  • Doubled and scored twice at Radford in game two
  • Singled and doubled in game one against UNC Wilmington
  • Smacked 10th double of the season, walked, hit by a pitch, and scored twice at Marist
  • RBI groundout, hit by pitch, and scored in Northeastern game two
  • In finale against Huskies, hit by a pitch, walked, scored, and drove in a run witha sac fly
  • Singled, scored a run, and laid down a bunt in CAA championship win over Towson
  • Singled and scored one of two JMU runs in NCAA opener at NCSU
  • Singled, hit by a pitch twice, and scored twice in Regional win over Charlotte
  • 11th double in loss to South Carolina to end the season

Before JMU:

  • Played for Matt Candle and the Battlefield Bobcats
  • Advanced to the Regional Tournament in 2007
  • Three-time Coaches Award winner
  • As a junior, selected to the Hilton Head Sea Hawk Invitational All-Tournament Team
  • Second-team all-district shortstop
  • As a senior, was awarded all-district shortstop and all-region shortstop
  • Selected to the Manassas Journal All-Extra Team and the Prince William County All-Extra Team
  • Led his team with 26 hits and 12 doubles
  • Achieved the Academic Honor Roll in 2007.


  • Son of Jamie and Gary Herbek
  • Enjoys tennis, basketball, and fishing
  • Health Service Administration major.

Year avggp-gsabrh2b3bhrrbitbslg%bbhbpsogdpob%sfshsb-attpoaefld%
2008 .306 46-31 124 26 38 11 0 3 18 58 .468 8 7 21 1 .379 1 5 5-6 61 71 10 .930
2009 .370 53-53 211 55 78 20 3 10 54 134 .635 25 13 32 2 .453 7 0 18-21 89 141 14 .943
2010 .304 50-49 181 52 55 11 3 7 47 93 .514 21 18 33 4 .414 7 3 13-16 88 136 5 .978
2011 .362 61-58 229 56 83 20 3 15 76 154 .672 24 17 30 2 .443 10 3 13-17 97 158 13 .951
TOTAL .341 210-191 745 189 254 62 9 35 195 439 .589 78 55 116 9 .429 25 11 49-60 335 506 42 .952

Career Highs

Runs: 3, 8 times, most recently George Mason 4/3/11
Hits: 4, 3 times, most recently Maryland 4/13/11
RBIs: 6, George Mason 3/26/10
Steals: 2, 4 times, most recently Old Dominion 3/25/11
Hitting Streak: 14, 5/23/08 to 2/28/09

Getting to Know David.

Why did you choose JMU?
JMU was the total package.

What is your major, and why did you choose it?
Health Service Administration; I believe it is more rewarding to manage in a setting where customer's lives are impacted by your decisions.

What are your hobbies outside of baseball?    
Golf, weight lifting, world class ping pong, tennis, fishing, studying the Bible.

Do you have a nickname on the team? How did it come about?      
John Basedow; Apparently we have similar body types.

What are your goals for the season and what motivates you to reach them?     
Be the best player and teammate that I can possibly be.

Do you have any unique talents or skills?         
I am 428-0 against Evan Scott in ping pong.

If you could hang out with one MLB player for a day who would it be and why?
Derek Jeter; He is one of the greatest leaders to ever play the game.

If you could be on one reality or game show what would it be?     
Deal or No Deal.

What is your favorite memory of JMU baseball thus far?
Being able to play in a regional tournament my freshman year.

What team do you want to beat more than any other?
Whoever we play that day.

Where is your favorite place to play other then at JMU?
The Diamond in Richmond; I have been watching minor league games there since I was very little and it is neat to play in the same stadium that I have been a spectator in so many times.

What is your favorite memory at JMU outside of baseball?
Playing golf at Sandy Bottom.

Who on the team is the most fashionable who is the least?
Most- Billy Logan.
Least- BY FAR, Turner Phelps.

Pick One.

Fresh Prince of Bell Air or Saved by the Bell?   Fresh Prince.
Dell or Apple?   Dell.
Subway or Quiznos?   Subway.
Video Games or Golf?    Absolutely golf.
NFL or NBA?   NFL.
World Cup or Olympics?   Olympics.


Athlete?  Josh Hamilton.
MLB Team? Yankees.
Movie?  The Natural.
Quote? Romans 1:17.
Restaurant? Olive Garden.
Song?  Ooh Aah.
Place to eat on campus? D-HALL.