LAFAYETTE, La — Louisiana sophomore Caleb Adams has been selected to be one of eight student-athletes to compete in the 2013 TD Ameritrade College Home Run Derby contest as announced Wednesday afternoon. Adams is the first Ragin’ Cajuns baseball player to be selected to the event which is in its fourth year.
“Anytime you can represent the University like this it is an honor,” head coach Tony Robichaux said. “This is something that is very positive for our team. This is a great reward for Caleb after all of the work and effort he put in last year. He is an extremely hard worker and put in a lot of time to get better as a hitter.”
The home run derby will be held on Wednesday, July 3 at 8:30 p.m. ET inside TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb., home of the NCAA College World Series. The fourth-annual event will air nationally on ESPN at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday, July 4. This year's roster includes DJ Stewart of Florida State, Kenny Towns of Virginia, Matt Gonzalez of Georgia Tech, Bo Thompson of The Citadel, Garrett Boulware of Clemson and Michael Aquino of Rice.
“It’s great for Caleb to be able to go to such a great venue,” Robichaux mentioned. “We all aspire to get there and this gives him that opportunity. Tyler Girouard will be going as his thrower, so this will give two of our guys the chance to go to the ballpark and the opportunity to be in Omaha. That’s where we want to be next year. Once they have seen it, smelled it and tasted it, it will benefit our team.”
Adams finished the season ranked ninth in the country with 16 home runs including three in postseason play. The Texarkana, Texas native finished the year with a .339 average driving in 55 runs on 64 hits with nine doubles and a triple to go with his 16 home runs. Adams also slugged .651 during the season which ranked 16th in the nation while posting a .435 on base percentage.
“This is also a testament to the time that our coaching staff, coach (Matt) Deggs, coach (Anthony) Babineaux and coach (Lance) Harvell have put into these guys to make them better hitters,” Robichaux noted.
The TD Ameritrade College Home Run Derby includes three rounds of play: Round 1 featuring all contestants, Round 2 featuring the top four after Round 1 and Round 3 featuring the top two after Round 2. In each round, contestants will be challenged to hit as many home runs as they can before logging 10 "outs," or hits that do not result in a home run. Balls reaching the warning track will not count as an "out," giving players another opportunity at bat. Additionally, following the 10th and final out of each "at bat," contestants will have an opportunity to hit a home run with the ‘Bonus Ball.' If successful, the special ball will tack two additional home runs onto the contestant's total score.
Tickets are $8 for children, $12 for adults or $35 for a `Family Four-Pack' and may be purchased in-person from the CenturyLink Center arena box offices, by calling Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000, or online at www.collegehomerunderby.com. Handling fees will apply to those tickets purchased over the phone or online.
The Omaha World-Herald's 29th annual Independence Day fireworks display, presented by J&M Displays, will follow the derby.
Past winners of College Home Run Derby
2010 - Paul Hoilman, East Tennessee State
2011 - Daniel Aldrich, College of Charleston
2012 - Aaron Judge, Fresno State