#15 Nate Palace
|HOMETOWN||Westlake Village, Calif.|
|HIGH SCHOOL (PREV. SCHOOL)||Oaks Christian|
2015: Enjoyed the biggest breakout campaign of any Crusader in 2015, starting 38 games until a rotator cuff injury derailed his season in late April...led the club in batting average (.329), home runs (7), runs batted in (39), hit by pitches (12), and slugging percentage (.579), tied for the team lead in doubles (15), and registered a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage...recorded two doubles, two RBI, and scored twice in the second game of the season at San Diego State (Feb. 14)...went 5-for-9 with three doubles in a two-game set at Gardner-Webb (Feb. 27-Mar. 1)...bested that effort the following two-game series at Western Carolina (Mar. 2-3) when he drove in six runs, scored eight times, launched a homer, and corked two doubles, lifting his average to .406 at the time...enjoyed one of the best single-game efforts in program history at USC Upstate on March 7th, racking up seven RBI on two dingers and a two-bagger...continued his assault of the Spartans the next day with a three-run bomb...doubled and scored in the first two games of Valpo's Horizon League regular season-opening series at UIC (Mar. 13-15) before going 2-for-2 with a round-tripper, three RBI, and three runs scored in the finale at Curtis Granderson Stadium...scorched the Penguins in a three-game sweep of Youngstown State at Emory G. Bauer Field (Mar. 20-22) to the tune of a 6-for-15, seven-RBI, three-run weekend...doubled and scored in a 7-2 win at Chicago State on March 25th...walked and drove in two teammates at Ball State (Mar. 31)...helped lead Valpo to a thrilling 11-10 win in 12 innings at Milwaukee with a 2-for-4 afternoon including a run batted in...drew two walks and plated a runner in the series finale at Henry Aaron Field on Apr. 4th...accumulated eight runs scored, two homers, a double, and three RBI as part of a 6-for-11 series versus Oakland (Apr. 10-12)...touched home twice and drove home a pair in the series opener at Oakland on Apr. 24th...registered a two-bagger and later scored in the final game of the series against the Golden Grizzlies (Apr. 26)...slugged three hits in the Crusaders' 2-1 11-inning win over Chicago State (Apr. 28).
2014: Appeared in 21 games for the Brown and Gold as a freshman, making 17 starts on the infield...got on base at a .292 clip, drove in seven runs and scored four in 61 at-bats...recorded a hit in each of his first three collegiate games at Samford (Feb. 14-16), including a two-run home run in the Sunday tilt...scored a run via a sacrifice fly at McNeese State (Feb. 28)...walked twice and scored a run at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (Mar. 8)...registered an RBI single at Chicago State on March 18th...drew a walk and ripped a run-scoring single at Northwestern (Apr. 8)...delivered a pinch hit versus UIC (Apr. 25)...earned a start the next day and rewarded the decision with a double and a HBP versus UIC (Apr. 26).
Prep: A four-year letterwinner for the Lions...named First Team All-CIF Division 4...an NCSAA First Team All-American...a Ventura County Star First Team All-County recipient...a member of the First Team All-Tri Valley League...batted .389 with a .504 on-base percentage and .505 slugging percentage his senior year...maintained a spot on the Dean's List every semester at Oaks Christian...received the Spanish Scholar Award...also received Scholar Athlete honors all four years.
Personal: One of five children, Nate is the son of Roger and Linda Palace...majoring in business administration...born September 24th, 1994.