Read Nick's Triton Q&A here. (April 3, 2014)
Was in the lineup every day as a fifth-year senior, either behind the plate or as the designated hitter ... Three-time All-West Region performer ... Career .300 hitter ... 14 home runs and over 200 appearances ... 50 multi-hit and 37 multi-RBI games ... Fell eight walks short (134) of equalling Matt Cantele's (2006-09) UCSD career record of 142.
AS A SENIOR IN 2014
NCBWA All-America honorable mention ... Daktronics All-West Region First Team ... NCBWA All-West Region First Team ... Rawlings/ABCA All-West Region First Team ... All-CCAA First Team ... Capital One Academic All-District 8 First Team ... NCAA West Regional All-Tournament Team ... CCAA Championship Most Outstanding Player ... CCAA Championship All-Tournament Team ... CCAA All-Academic ... One of 12 UCSD Athletes of the Year ... CCAA Player of the Week (3/10) ... UCSDtritons.com Athlete of the Week (4/28) ... Appeared in 53 of 54 games, all starts ... Started 37 games at designated hitter and 16 at catcher ... Missed only the second game of the season, the Opening Day doubleheader nightcap vs. Holy Names (2/2), snapping a string of 108 straight starts dating back to the 2012 opener ... Set single-season program record with his league-best 47 walks, eclipsing Aaron Bauman's total of 45 from 2010 ... Single-season career bests in virtually every offensive category, including average, runs, hits, doubles, triples, RBI, total bases, slugging, walks and on-base percentage ... Entered season with one career triple and led the CCAA with five ... 21 multi-hit games, including a four-hit effort, and 13 multi-RBI games ... Three four-RBI performances ... Longest hit streak was nine games ... Reached-base streak of 35 games ... Handled 90 of 91 defensive chances cleanly behind the plate for a fielding percentage of .989.
AS A JUNIOR IN 2013
Capital One Academic All-District 8 First Team ... CCAA All-Academic ... Started all 50 games, with 31 at catcher ... Longest reached-base streak was 20 games ... Made just three errors in 214 chances for a .986 fielding percentage.
AS A SOPHOMORE IN 2012
Daktronics All-West Region First Team ... CCAA Championship Most Outstanding Player ... CCAA Championship All-Tournament Team ... NCBWA Preseason All-West Region Second Team ... With Garrett Tuck, one of just two Tritons to have both played in and started all 57 games ... Started 39 games as the designated hitter and 18 as the catcher ... Tied for third in the league in walks (33) and tied for fourth in doubles (17) ... Led team with five home runs, four of them coming over the final 15 contests ... Had 14 multi-hit and 13 multi-RBI performances ... Had a career day at Colorado Mesa (2/12), going 5-for-6 with four doubles, three RBI and two runs ... Three more three-RBI games at home vs. Cal State San Bernardino (4/21), Cal State L.A. (4/27) and Grand Canyon (5/4), all with home runs ... Went 4-for-4 with a run and two RBI vs. Cal State Dominguez Hills (4/16) ... Pair of three-hit games at CSUDH (4/15) and vs. Sonoma State (5/10) ... Hit .467 (7-for-15) with three doubles, three walks, three runs and four RBI during CCAA Championship ... Season-best seven-game hit streak late in the year from May 4-17 ... Handled all 102 defensive chances cleanly.
AS A FRESHMAN IN 2011
ABCA All-West Region Second Team ... Daktronics All-West Region Second Team ... All-CCAA First Team ... Named UCSDtritons.com Athlete of the Week (4/11) after slugging .727 and posting a hit and an RBI in three of four games at No. 16 Sonoma State ... 31 of his 32 starts came as the designated hitter ... Lone start at catcher came against Mesa State (2/12) ... Third on the team in batting average ... Posted nine multiple-hit games and six multi-RBI games ... Strung together an eight-game hit streak between April 16-30 ... Had three hits in a game twice during the streak, both against Academy of Art (4/22-23) ... Went 3-for-5 with a run and two RBI in the CCAA Tournament title game against Cal Poly Pomona (5/14) ... Knocked in three runs twice, the first time against San Francisco State (3/6) and again at Sonoma State (4/10).
AS A FRESHMAN IN 2010
Played in three games and totaled two at-bats before injury ended his season ... Drove in his first career run vs. Grand Canyon (2/12).
Played for the Mat-Su Miners of the Alaska Baseball League in Palmer, Alaska, during the 2013 summer ... Previously played for the SoCal Cardinals scout team.
A 2009 graduate of Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks ... The Knights were the 2008 State Team of the Year, going 27-4 and winning the CIF Southern Section Division III title at Dodger Stadium ... A two-time All-Mission League First Team selection and 2009 All-CIF honoree ... Won the home run derby as a senior at the Anderson Bat National Classic in Anaheim ... Also played football for the Knights as freshman and sophomore.
Born Feb. 16, 1991 in Woodland Hills ... Parents are Larry and Patty La Face ... Has a younger sister named Stephanie ... Completed his undergraduate degree requirements at the conclusion of the 2014 winter quarter as a political science major with a minor in education studies at Warren College ... Career goals include teaching and coaching ... Counts winning the CIF title at Dodger Stadium as a high school junior in 2008 as one of his most memorable moments in baseball, and being a part of the 2010 Tritons that advanced to the national championship game as his favorite UCSD memory ... Enjoys lifting weights, watching movies and other sports ... A fan of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Pittsburgh Steelers ... Favorite athlete is Dodger ace Clayton Kershaw ... Top movie pick is Training Day ... Loves steak and mashed potatoes.
CAREER HIGHS (current through 2014 season)
At Bats: 6, 5 times (last 5/17/14 vs. California Baptist)
Runs: 4, 2 times (last 4/26/14 vs. Azusa Pacific-1)
Hits: 5, 2/12/12 at Colorado Mesa
Doubles: 4, 2/12/12 at Colorado Mesa
Triples: 1, 6 times (last 5/3/14 vs. Cal State San Bernardino-1)
Home Runs: 1, 14 times (last 4/26/14 vs. Azusa Pacific-1)
RBI: 4, 3 times (last 5/17/14 vs. California Baptist)
Walks: 3, 2 times (last 3/25/14 at Azusa Pacific)
Stolen Bases: 2, 4/20/12 at Cal State San Bernardino
CAREER STATISTICS (current through 2014 season)