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Ballou selected in 15th round

Jun. 08, 2013 @ 11:24 PM

HUNTINGTON — Outfielder Isaac Ballou was the second Marshall Thundering Herd player taken in the Major League Baseball Draft.

Ballou, 23, went Saturday in the 15th round to the Washington Nationals. He was the 466th player selected in the three-day draft. Marshall pitcher Aaron Blair was the 36th overall pick Thursday by the Arizona Diamondbacks — the highest selection in Herd history.

The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Ballou played center field for the Herd. He is a left-handed hitter.

Ballou was an All-Conference USA first team selection this year with a .328 batting average, .438 on-base percentage, .433 slugging percentage, 66 hits, 37 walks, 17 doubles, 40 runs and 13 stolen bases.

In four college seasons he set Marshall career records for walks (129) and triples (16).

Ballou ranks second in Herd history with 64 career stolen bases, fourth all-time with 722 at-bats, fourth with 211 hits, fourth with 144 runs scored and ninth with 287 total bases.

The native of Smithfield, Va., was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 36th round in 2011, but chose at that time to stay in school.

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