AS A FRESHMAN IN 2009: Opening Day starter in right field ... six-straight starts to begin his college career ... in the lineup, hitting down in the order in eight of Santa Clara's first 10 games ... was hitting .350 (7-for-20) after a three-hit day against San Jose State (Feb. 28) ... just seven hits in his remaining 46 at-bats en route to posting a .212 average ... inserted into the starting lineup in a three-game series at USF (Apr. 17-19) and responded by hitting a two-run homer in his first at-bat Friday night, helping SCU win 4-1 ... came in to pitch and walked two during a lopsided loss to San Diego (Apr. 4), his lone appearance on the mound.
HIGH SCHOOL: A 2008 graduate of Monterey High School in Monterey, Calif. ... led the Toreadores to three Monterey Bay League titles and one Central Coast Section (CCS) championship from 2004-08 ... earned First Team All-Monterey Bay honors three times (2006-08) ... named league MVP as a senior, hitting .424 with five home runs, while also posting a 1.45 ERA with a 5-0 record on the mound ... was named to the First Team All-Monterey County by the Monterey County Herald and Salinas Californian ... voted team MVP by his teammates ... was ranked the 251st best 2008 propsect nationally by Perfect Game Cross Checker ... played in the Bay Area World Series and the Perfect Game Nationals ... received all-tournament team honors at the Bay Area World Series in 2006 and '07 ... Monterey County Herald's 2005 'Player of the Year' and 'Pitcher of the Year' ... was 9-3 with a 3.60 ERA, striking out 58 over 61 innings in 2005 ... also in 2005, named team MVP and 'Offensive Player of the Year' by his teammates ... batted .478 with 32 RBI, six home runs and 24 stolen bases in '05 ... played for Mike Groves and J.J. Sherill.
PERSONAL: Born in Walnut Creek, Calif. ... parents are Mark and Suzanne Herbst ... has two siblings, Mark and Maria ... aspires to play baseball professionally and earn his degree ... major is undeclared.